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Greenburgh's Community Center To Host Mexican Culture Celebration

The Festival Poblano En Nueva York will be May 24.
The Festival Poblano En Nueva York will be May 24. Photo Credit: Arts Westchester Flickr
The event will feature performances of music, dance and masquerade.
The event will feature performances of music, dance and masquerade. Photo Credit: Arts Westchester Flickr
The Festival Poblano En Nueva York will be May 24.
The Festival Poblano En Nueva York will be May 24. Photo Credit: Arts Westchester Flickr

GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- ArtsWestchester’s Folk Arts Program, in partnership with New Rochelle-based Mexican community arts collective Grupo Miztli, will present Festival Poblano En Nueva York – an afternoon of culture from the state of Puebla, Mexico from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, May 24.

The event, hosted by the Theodore D. Young Community Center of Greenburgh and taking place at Yosemite Park, will feature performances of music, dance and masquerade, as well as workshops and visual arts displays.

Vendors will offer a variety of authentic Poblano cuisines. Admission is free and, as the audience and performance areas are covered, performances will take place rain or shine. For more information, visit artsw.org/festivalpoblano .

“Mexican culture, and that of the New York Mexican community, is quite varied and finds expression in many forms and on many occasions. The State of Puebla in Southeast Central Mexico is a region of great artistic and cultural diversity,” said Tom van Buren, director of ArtsWestchester's Folk Arts and Performance Program. “Throughout the tumultuous history of colonial Mexico, folk dances remain among the most important and resilient forms of expression.”

The Festival Poblano, highlighting a vibrant regional culture of Mexico through the visual and performing arts, will include performances by Mariachi Sol Mixteco (White Plains); MAZarte Dance Company (Bronx); Telpochcalli youth dance group (Yonkers); Carnaval de Huejotzingo, a masked dance group; Danza de los Tecuanes, performing native dance traditions; and Banda Que Buena, brass band.

Workshops include participatory dance with MAZarte choreographer Martha Zarate and a craft workshop led by folk artist Aurelia Fernandez.

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