Echoes of Aztlán and Beyond: Cultural Focus Highlights at the Festival

For the past 4 years, we have worked with our Cultural Focus Committee to curate the 2018 Cultural Focus, Echoes of Aztlán and Beyond: Mexican American and Chicana/o Roots in the Northwest. This committee, made up of individuals, professors, culture bearers, activists and local artists, became the consulting council to develop and curate this program. The Cultural Focus Committee has identified that the main focus of this program will be to offer a larger platform for youth to explore their heritage and visualize the future. This program will provide a space for youth artists, activists and culture bearers of all ages to collaborate, share ideas, and envision the future while building a strong community together. The passing down of knowledge and heritage from culture bearers through intergenerational dialogue creates a community that is stronger. This is their program.

From learning how to cook asparagus tamales with Felipe Hernandez, owner Los Hernandez Tamales, to watching the youth of Folklore Mexicano Tonantzin continuing the tradition of Folklórico, there are so many ways for you to see, hear, taste, and experience the beautify of Mexican American and Chicana/o culture. Here are a few highlights:

Theatre Presentations

Echoes of Aztlán and Beyond: Mexican Folklórico Showcase

Experience traditional Mexican folk dancing as seven Northwest regional ballet folklórico groups showcase a repertoire of regional styles on Sunday, May 27, 3:00 – 6:00 PM in the McCaw Hall.

Mexico: The Music and Cultural Attire

Travel around the regions of Mexico through cultural attires, fabrics, and traditional accessories. Saturday, May 26, 3:00 – 5:00 PM in the Cornish Playhouse.

Photo by Erinn Hale

Cultural Cuisine Demonstrations

Cooking Asparagus Tamales

With Felipe Hernandez, co-owner of Los Hernandez Tamales. Felipe Hernandez was names one of five recipients of the James Beard Foundation’s ‘America’s Classics’ award in 2018. Sunday, May 27 from 12:00 – 12:45 PM on the Narrative and Cultural Cuisine Stage: Sponsored by Uber Eats.

Music and Dance Performances

Cultural Oaxaqueño Showcase on Saturday, May 26 from 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM on the Mural Amphitheater: Sponsored by Seattle Cancer Care Alliance.

Próxima Generación: Youth Residency Showcase on Saturday, May 26 from 6:00 – 7:30 PM in the Vera Project/Gallery

Music Performances

¡Que Viva el Mariachi! on Sunday, May 27 from 1:15 – 1:45 PM on the Mural Amphitheater: Sponsored by Seattle Cancer Care Alliance

A Bailar! Latin Dance Party featuring Banda Vagos, Banda La Mejor and others on Sunday,May 27 from 7:00 – 10:00 PM on Mural Amphitheater: Sponsored by Seattle Cancer Care Alliance

Photo by Christopher Nelson


Latinos: The Changing Face of Washington

Enrique Cerna, the son of Mexican immigrants, traces his Yakima Valley roots and explores the growing presence of Latinos who are helping to shape the future. Catch this documentary each day of the festival in the SIFF Film center. Join us for an inside look at the making of the documentary on Saturday, May 26 from 1:15 – 2:15 PM on the Narrative and Cultural Cuisine Stage.

Panel Discussions: Narrative and Cultural Cuisine Stage: Sponsored by Uber Eats

Lucha Libre Volcánica! with José Luis Gómez, Lucha Libre Volcánica Luchadores and moderated by Jose Vasquez on Sunday, May 27 from 4:00 – 5:00 PM

Norte Y Sur: A Twenty Year Reflection and Look Forward with Alfredo Arreguin, Lauro Flores, Irene Gomez and special guests. Moderated by Judge Steve Gonzales. Monday, May 28 from 1:15 – 2:15 PM


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