5th Annual South American Folk Festival

2 pm

The 5th Annual South American Folk Festival seeks to unite Albuquerque’s South American community in a day of cultural experience and connection through music, dance, and food. In addition to food vendors from participating countries, the festival will feature traditional dancers representing Colombia, Peru, Venezuela, Chile, Brazil, Argentina, and/or Ecuador. A headlining salsa band or solo artist will also be featured, along with local musicians. Added attractions for the entire family include children’s art workshops and opportunities for souvenir photos featuring the festival banner.
$14 in advance, $16 day of show w/ $2 discount for NHCC members; free for children age 12 and younger

Thank you to our Performing Arts Season Sponsors Heritage Hotels and Resorts, the Albuquerque Journal and Southwest Airlines!

Ballet Folklórico Santa Fe, Raíces de Mi Tierra

2 pm & 7:30 pm

Raíces de Mi Tierra is a folkloric dance showcase featuring three New Mexico ensembles, including Santa Fe’s Ballet Folklórico de Santa Fe, Albuquerque’s Grupo Folklórico Desoluna, and Española’s Baile Ilusión, each with a large local following, accompanied by Mariachi Luna Azul from Albuquerque. The participating groups will focus on presenting traditional pieces that represent the beautiful, authentic dances and music of Mexico.
Saturday afternoon – $12 with a $2 discount for Children 12 years old and younger and NHCC members
Saturday evening – $17 with a $2 discount for Children 12 years old and younger and NHCC members

Thank you to our event sponsor, Home Instead Senior Care and to our Performing Arts Season Sponsors Heritage Hotels and Resorts, the Albuquerque Journal and Southwest Airlines!


NHCC Children’s Bilingual Book Festival

9 am – 4 pm

Presented by the NHCC in partnership with National Día de los libros/Children’s Day/Book Day; Albuquerque Public Schools; ABQ Reads; Artful Life; Bookworks; the UNM Latin American and Iberian Institute, Native Realities and the University of New Mexico Press

On Saturday, April 27, 2019, the National Hispanic Cultural Center (NHCC) will host its first annual NHCC Children’s Bilingual Book Festival. Coinciding with National Poetry Month, Dia de los Libros (Children’s Day/Book Day), Arbor Day, and Semana Cervantina/Poesía eres tu, this festival will celebrate children’s books written in Spanish and English and Native languages and English.

The focus on Spanish-English and Native Language-English books and authors makes this festival particularly meaningful and vibrant, reflecting the identities of many children in New Mexico and the Southwest. We want to encourage children to see themselves in contemporary children’s literature as well as introduce a bilingual body of work to a wider audience.

The festival will also launch a summer reading program for children struggling to read. Twenty scholarships will be given to children who live within walking (or cycling) distance from the NHCC. Each will be given $100 in books, a festival poster and swag, and s/he will be matched with a summer reading tutor who will keep him/her reading over the summer, including regular reading sessions at the NHCC.

The one-day festival will feature:

  • Half-hour “Read to Me” sessions featuring Native and Latinx authors reading to children and families, including a special Arbor Day tree book reading
  • A keynote reading and Q & A with children’s author Pat Mora
  • Teachers workshop
  • Parents workshop
  • An author and exhibitor book emporium (book and book-related sales)
  • Poesía eres tu winner and runner-up performances (children reciting poetry in Spanish) HERE
  • Drop-in art, book-making, and other creative activities
  • Food, music and more

Suggested Donation: $5 per family

Vendors, apply for the book emporium HERE.

For more information, please contact Valerie Martínez, Director of History and Literary Arts, National Hispanic Cultural Center: valerie.martinez@state.nm.us; 505-383-4724.

26th Annual César Chávez Day Fiesta

Join us in honoring the life and legacy of César Chávez at the 25th annual César Chávez Day Fiesta, with a march—La Marcha de Justicia—followed by a  family fiesta at the Center that includes poetry, dancing, community exhibits, children’s activities and games, food, and live music.
Free public event

Revolutions International Theatre Festival: Migrant Songs

7:30 pm 

Migrant Songs is a choral piece based on stories of migration, both human and non-human. Specifically, the project explores the relationship between the songs of human and bird migration, through oral interviews gathering stories and songs from migrants who currently live in the Albuquerque area and research and field recordings of birds in northern New Mexico, and bringing the songs of migrants into inter-species dialogue through the creation of a choir performance. The work highlights the stories and songs that cut across different migration histories, tying Hispanic culture in historic and contemporary relationships to Asian, African, and Middle Eastern culture within the New Mexican context.

Free and open to the public 

National Institute of Flamenco and the NHCC Present Yjastros 34

8 pm

Yjastros 34 is an epic collaboration, the seasonal culmination of the company’s progress and evolution, including expanded programming and new works for Yjastros. It is also a new artistic journey with international award-winning Spanish guest artists Daniel Doña and Cristian Martín as well as the Orchestra of New Spain under Musical Director Grover Wilkins. The world premiere choreographic masterpieces to be presented, highlighting both tradition and innovation in the world of flamenco, were created for Yjastros by artists at the global forefront of the art form during their residencies in the University of New Mexico’s Dance Program. Yjastros 34 will be premiered in Dallas, TX, home of the Orchestra of New Spain, in February 2019. The Orchestra of New Spain, founded in 1989, is a professional period-instrument baroque orchestra and chorus specializing in, but not limited to, the music of Spain and its sphere of New World influence. Daniel Doña, dancer and choreographer from Granada, has led his own company, Daniel Doña Compañía de Danza, since 2004, and is considered one of the top exponents of current Spanish dance.
$30, $40, $50, $60 w/ $5 discount for students, seniors and NHCC members

Thank you to our Performing Arts Season Sponsors Heritage Hotels and Resorts, the Albuquerque Journal and Southwest Airlines!

ABQ Philharmonic presents “Art and Music Combined” (Rental)

3 pm – 4:30 pm

The ABQ Philharmonic under the baton of Byron Herrington present their annual Art Music Concert. The evening begins with the stunning overture from Richard Wagner’s opera Der Fliegend Hollander. We will continue the evening with music from beloved film composer Max Steiner with his suite from the classic film “Casablanca.” We complete the evening with two rarely performed pieces by Ottorino Respighi (La Boutique Fantasques, after Rossini) and Zoltan Kodlay (Háry János Suite, Op. 15.)
Free event, donations appreciated

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Mundos de Mestizaje

12 pm to 5 pm

A Vision of History through Fresco…

Mundos de Mestizaje by Frederico Vigil is a mural housed in the Torreón on the campus of the National Hispanic Cultural Center. This monumental fresco depicts thousands of years of Hispanic history highlighting diverse cultural connections between people and places from the Iberian Peninsula to the Americas. The 4,000 square foot painting is one of the largest frescos in North America.

The digitized imagery of the painting ensures that this culturally significant work can be a sharing and learning experience for students and families anywhere. We invite you to explore the imagery, history and complexities of the Mundos de Mestizaje mural.

Discover on your own by clicking the link HERE.
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