Festival Chispa Presents: Inti-Illimani

7:30 pm

6:30-7:00 pm: Join Inti-Illimani before the concert begins in the Bank of America Theatre for a community dialogue! Come meet the band and here them talk about their music.

Founded in 1967 by students at Santiago’s Universidad Técnica del Estado, Inti-Illimani has performed worldwide for hundreds of thousands of fans, collaborated with legendary artists, earned awards and honors for activism as well as musicianship, and produced one of Latin America’s richest discographies. On tour during the 1973 military coup in Chile, they remained in Italy in de facto exile until 1988, touring Chile days after they were no longer banned from the country and returning permanently in 1990. The time in Europe added elements of other musical genres to their music, creating a fusion of folk/Latin/contemporary classical/avant-garde/world music played on over 30 instruments. They have lectured extensively on Latin American folk/indigenous music, culture, and social change, and founded and teach at an arts-centric school in one of Santiago’s poorest neighborhoods. Still including one of the original founders, the group celebrates 50 years of performing music grounded in their beloved Chile, yet continuing to reach across time, space, and nations. More than a musical ensemble, they have become a cultural location, expressing the essence of the Latin American ethnomusical experience. Their current tour also promotes an album recorded in homage to the legendary Violeta Parra for her centenary.

Festival Chispa Presents, a partnership with Avokado Artists, is a series that showcases some of the finest and most innovative groups, both legendary and up-and-coming, that the Latino world has to offer. Fusing various musical genres, cultures, and traditions, this dynamic series breaks down musical boundaries and leaves the audience wanting more!
$22, $27 w/ $2 off for Students & Seniors, $3 off for NHCC Members

¡Vamos al Museo!

10:30 am

The National Hispanic Cultural Center is pleased to offer children’s programming on the first Saturday morning of every month. This is a fun and engaging docent and artist-led family program. Families (limited to 25 participants) get a 30-minute museum tour focused on an art form, source inspiration, artist or type of material. Following the tour, the whole family can create their own artwork in the Pete V. Domenici Education Building Messy Classroom.

This month, join Isaías Rodríguez, who is also known as The Little Piñata Maker and is featured in The Piñata Exhibit (Sure to be a Smash Hit!), for a fun project!

A great morning of art-making for children of all ages and families of all sizes!

Please pre-register using the link HERE (so we know how many materials to prepare)

For more information please call or email Elena Baca at 505-246-2261 or ElenaD.Baca@state.nm.us
Free, $5 donations are encouraged to support the artists & purchase supplies

The Piñata Exhibit (Sure to be a Smash Hit!) Artist Meet and Greet: Isaías Rodríguez (aka the Little Piñata Maker)!

2 pm to 4 pm

Please join us for a very special opportunity to meet artist Isaías Rodríguez (aka the Little Piñata Maker)! You don’t want to miss this very special opportunity to meet artist Isaías Rodríguez (aka the Little Piñata Maker) who will be leading a tour of The Piñata Exhibit (Sure to be a Smash Hit!). In addition Isaías Rodríguez (aka the Little Piñata Maker)! Will be holding a trunk show and sale.

Isaías spent the last ten years capturing the fun and creativity of traditional piñatas but on a mini scale. All of his little piñatas are no bigger than 3-4 inches and each one is unique. You can learn more about Isaías and his work on his website HERE.

The Piñata Exhibit (Sure to be a Smash Hit!) celebrates this popular art form with over 175 examples from Mexico, California, Arizona, Nevada, Texas and New Mexico. Traditional and iconic works, alongside creations by contemporary piñata artists, illustrate how piñatas maintain their historical and social importance while also reflecting transnational shifts in popular, political, and visual culture.
Free with the price of museum admission

¡Globalquerquito! – A mini-fest for Albuquerque School Kids

10 am

We’d like to let you in on a little secret.

Each year, ¡Globalquerque! kicks off with a free concert for our local school kids. This mini-fest features two of our regular performers doing short sets as a way to introduce the kids to some cool different cultures.

This year the participating bands are Trad.Attack! (Estonia) and Betsayda Machado y La Parranda El Clavo (Venezuela).

This year we are opening the program up to the general public. Come share some great music and the joy and enthusiasm of seeing the kids engage with the bands. We’ll be outside on the Plaza Mayor, so lots of room for everyone and tons of room to dance.

All families are welcome, as this is an incredibly kid friendly event.

For other free family-focused ¡Globalquerque! action, check out the free Global Fiesta HERE.

We do need people to register though so we can plan accordingly. If you are coming with a school or a party of 10 or more, please contact David Torres, DavidM.Torres@state.nm.us, 505-383-4770 or register on-line HERE.

Everyone else, please register HERE.
Free Community Event

¡Salud y Sabor!: Argentina

5:30 pm to 7:30 pm

Salud y Sabor, a partnership between the Agri-cultura Network, Street Food Institute, and the NHCC, is a free evening of food, art, and entertainment aimed at providing families with an opportunity to connect around nutrition, cooking, healthy lifestyles, and culture.

Once a month, community members gather for cooking demonstrations using fresh, locally grown ingredients, as well as fun art activities for kids and adults, health screenings, and live entertainment. An emphasis is placed on exploring traditional Hispanic dishes, providing basic information/free screenings from local Western and alternative health practitioners, and creating a vibrant atmosphere with art activities and live music.  In most months, free samples of local produce are available.

For more information on Salud y Sabor, contact David Torres at 505/246-2261 or email him DavidM.Torres@state.nm.us

Free public event

High Spirit Dance Recital: Dancing for Jesus (Rental)

2 pm

A ballet, jazz, and hip-hop dance recital featuring children, young adults, and professional dancers—an exciting ensemble of students and teachers bringing today’s music to life in high-quality dance productions.
$12, $15, $17

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