How to celebrate the richness of Latin American culture in New York, online and in person – New York Daily News
With 61 million Hispanics living in the United States, or 18% of the country’s population, it’s no wonder that the rich, colorful, and diverse cultures of Latin Americans have seamlessly integrated into the fabric of the American culture.
For more than 50 years, families whose ancestors came to this country from Mexico, the Caribbean, Central and South America have celebrated their history and contributions to North American heritage each fall during of Hispanic heritage.
The original commemoration was enacted in 1968 as National Hispanic Heritage Week, before eventually being extended to span a month – September 15 to October 15.
After last year’s COVID-forced hiatus, Hispanic Heritage Month is back — just not as big as it used to be. New York’s Hispanic Day Parade, which marches up Fifth Avenue on Sundays before or after Columbus Day, was canceled this year due to the pandemic, as were many other smaller parades and festivals honoring specific countries. from the Caribbean and Latin America.
And while some in-person events to mark the date return to New York in 2021 – requiring proof of vaccination under the city’s new mandate – others allow anyone with a screen and a connection Internet to celebrate Hispanic culture in the United States.
Here’s a guide to get you started.
September 17-19, multiple times — The Riverside Theatre, 91 Claremont Ave.
The Washington Heights-based People’s Theater Project returns to the stage with a full season of in-person events. The season begins with the world premiere of “Doña Mañana”. Set in the year 3050, this dystopian drama celebrates the immigrant experience, as the first female, Afro-Latin president, and her team embark on a quest to dismantle the system and bring total liberation to the people. Must be fully vaccinated for assist.
Unicornios en Cautiverio (Unicorns in captivity)
September 17-19, multiple times – Thalia Spanish Theater, 41-17 Greenpoint Ave. Queens
New York City Artist Corps and Latinx Performance Ensemble – a group that promotes bilingual Latinx theater in the United States and Latin America with a focus on race, social justice, immigration and LGBTQ issues – presents the first of “Unicornios en Cautiveiro (Unicorns in Captivity).” The show, about the anxieties of the COVID-19 pandemic seen through the lens of a Puerto Rican family in New York, discusses sexual diversity, acceptance and family.Free event, presented in Spanish with surtitles in English.
September 17, 7:30-9pm — Teatro LATEA at The Clemente, 107 Suffolk St.
Accent Dance NYC, a non-profit organization focused on arts education through performance, celebrates Heritage Month with an evening of fun and dancing at Teatro LATEA (Latin American Theater Experiment Associates) in the Lower East Side of Manhattan. The evening will feature a new piece by acclaimed Mexican choreographer David Fernandez – which highlights the importance of family through a boy’s journey during the pandemic while exploring Mexican folk art and mythical creatures – as well as works of tango, salsa and contemporary ballet. teatrolatea.org
¡Long live! Broadway when we see each other
September 18 at 5 p.m. — Times Square, Manhattan
Celebrate the renaissance of Broadway with a star-studded performance honoring the contributions of Latin artists to the world’s most celebrated stages. Broadway powerhouses Bianca Marroquín and Ana Villafañe, plus Tony winners Daphne Rubin-Vega and Robin de Jesús are just a few of the big names taking part in the free outdoor event at Duffy Square in the heart of Times Square .
Estamos Bien — La Trienal 20/21
Ongoing, closes September 26 — El Museo del Barrio, 1230 Fifth Ave.
El Museo’s first large-scale national survey of Latinx art features the work of 42 artists and collectives from the United States and Puerto Rico who use their work to show the resilience of their culture while addressing issues such as social justice, climate change and the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. 19 on minorities. “Presenting a major study on Latinx art today is not only urgent, it is also a great opportunity to continue to prove its national and global relevance,” said Rodrigo Moura, Chief Curator. of the museum.
Lost in the pages (Whispers of the Caballeros)
Ongoing, closes October 6 — Baxter St. at the Camera Club of New York, 126 Baxter St.
Queer Colombian-American Antonio Pulgarín celebrates the two communities he proudly represents in a new exhibit on Baxter St at the Camera Club of New York. Fusing queer archival imagery from the 1980s to the present day with aspects of his Colombian cultural identity, the lens-based artist has set out to democratize the history of beef imagery by including her own experiences, while honoring the queer BIPOC community. The artist will participate in a virtual conversation via Zoom on September 23 at 6 p.m., and a Coffee talk via Instagram Live on September 25 at 2 p.m. ET.
Virtual Hispanic Heritage Race
Sept. 15 to Oct. 17
Latinos Run, a New York-based organization with over 25,000 members worldwide, promotes running as a way to improve the physical and mental health of members of the Latinx community. This year, the group is offering a virtual 5K, which can be completed anytime between September 15 and October 17, to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month. Take the challenge any way you want (running, walking, in the gym, or even on another run) and earn a Hispanic Heritage Month-themed medal.
Billboard Latin Music Awards
September 23, 8 p.m. (red carpet special starts at 7 p.m.) — Telemundo
The 2021 Billboard Latin Music Awards will celebrate the best Latin music of the year in a star-studded fiesta at the Watsco Center in Coral Gables, Florida. Bad Bunny leads the list with 22 nods, followed by Maluma with 11, J Balvin with nine, and Karol G, Anuel AA and Black Eyed Peas with eight each. Appearances by Camila Cabello, Marc Anthony, Banda MS, Karol G, Natti Natasha, Prince Royce, Ana Bárbara and more.
A neighborhood party in La Calle
October 1, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. — YouTube
For more than 50 years, the world-renowned Ballet Hispánico has celebrated the diversity of Latin American culture through dance performances, educational programs and social advocacy. On October 1, a scaled-down, all-virtual version of its fourth annual block party will air on Ballet Hispánico. Youtube channelwith the famous dancers of the company performing a solo from “Arabesque” by Vicente Nebrada and an extract from “18+1″ by Gustavo Ramírez Sansano, as well as distinguished guests including the Afro-Puerto Rican dance and drum company Bombazo and the Calpulli Mexican Dance Company.
For those unable to watch it live, A La Calle Block Party will be available to stream on demand until October 15.
VOICE on PBS
October and November, check your local ads
A new season of Latino Public Broadcasting’s flagship series “VOCES” is come to PBS stations in October to celebrate the diversity of the Latinx cultural experience. The stories include a portrait of a once heralded Cuban writer who was silenced by the revolution; two Mexican-American brothers and Vietnam veterans, who face deportation; and a look at Latinx representation in Hollywood.
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Latin Culture Carnival
September 12 – Junction Blvd. in Corona, Queens
For 15 years, the carnival brought art, dance, music, food and activities for children to Corona, Queens to celebrate the first week of Hispanic Heritage Month. Organizers estimate 80,000 people attended the event in 2019, the last to take place due to the pandemic.
26th Annual Panamanian Day Parade
October 9 at noon – Crown Heights, Brooklyn
The largest Panamanian parade in the world outside of the Republic of Panama comes to Crown Heights to commemorate the separation of Panama from Colombia, which took place in November 1903. The parade begins at Bergen St. and Franklin Ave., and continues heads to a street fair on Classon Ave. The fair, which attracts more than 30,000 people, features art, music, and Panamanian, Caribbean, and Latin American cuisine.