“Save the Dates: Que Pasa Fest 2018 Scheduled from October 1-7”
Celebrating 300 Years of Hispanic Influence on New Orleans
Kenner, LA--Cervantes Fundación Hispanoamericana de Arte (Cervantes Hispanic-American Arts Foundation) is proud to announce its eighth annual Que Pasa Fest 2018 with the theme of celebrating the Hispanic influence and contributions to New Orleans for the past 300 years.
Que Pasa Fest 2018 is scheduled to be a seven-day festival and will be held at various locations throughout the Greater New Orleans area. Festivities will begin Monday, October 1 and end with FOUR days of fun with a FREE outdoor festival for the whole family at the Al Copeland Meadow Concert area in Lafreniere Park, in Metairie, Louisiana. All the other events leading up to the outdoor fun will also be FREE for the community. This festival celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month and is an extension of the Latino cultural show, “¿Que Pasa New Orleans?”
This year the festival will acknowledge the city’s tricentennial showcasing the influence and contributions Latinos have had on New Orleans. The outdoor fest will feature live music, dancing, food booths, business booths, arts & crafts booths, community outreach and a children’s area.
For the last seven years, Que Pasa Fest has had the honor of presenting Grammy award winning and nominated performers such as Luis Enrique, Descemer Bueno, Los Van Van and Rockin’ Dopsie Jr. Other award-winning artists such as Jorge Luis Prats; Amanda Shaw; Rumba Buena; Los Silver Star; Patrice Fisher & Arpa; Javier Olondo & AsheSon; Bachata Heightz; Banda Blanca and Julio & Cesar, have performed also.
As the festival gets closer, a complete schedule with artists, dates and venues will be released.
Spanish influence began in New Orleans in 1763 when France gave up control of Louisiana to Spain. Spanish control lasted until 1803 but the everlasting touches of the Spanish were left in the ornate ironwork of the French Quarter, vibrant colored homes, street names, some foods and the influence on the music. Important buildings such as the Cabildo and the Presbytere were built during the Spanish era too. Later in the 20th century, waves of Latino immigrants settled in New Orleans after leaving their war-torn or threatened countries. The most significant wave in recent years has been the arrival of thousands of Latinos who in 2005 and beyond, helped in the reconstruction of New Orleans and its surrounding cities in the aftermath of hurricane Katrina.
National Hispanic Heritage Month is the period from September 15 to October 15 in the United States, when people recognize the contributions of Hispanic and Latino Americans to the United States and celebrate the group's heritage and culture.
For more information, vendor and sponsorship opportunities, please contact Eva Hurst at 504.812.7236 or Brenda Melara 504.615.9070. All sponsorships are considered donations and are tax-deductible. You can also visit www.QuePasaFest.com and Que Pasa Fest on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
More about the presenters:
Cervantes Fundación Hispanoamericana de Arte was created in 1982 as a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization, with the mission to promote modern and classical Hispanic arts and cultural traditions. These include music, dance, literature, fine arts, and culinary arts, among others. Cervantes has had a major impact in the Hispanic community and the Louisiana community in general. The organization was named after Miguel de Cervantes, a Spanish novelist, poet and playwright, who lived during the 16th century.
Hispanic Flavor Productions was created in 2007. The goal is to enhance and enrich the Hispanic culture and traditions by creating diverse events such as festivals, classical music concerts, art exhibits, music conferences, among other events. Some past and present productions by Hispanic Flavor include ―Que Pasa New Orleans TV show on Telemundo, Buena Vista Social at Maison, Sociedad Española Celebration, Que Pasa Night, Fiesta de Independencia de Centro America, Havana Nights, Mojitos at Mojitos Rum Bar and Grill, España! Classical music concert, Christmas of Hope, Mardi Gras Mambo and the New Orleans International Guitar Festival. A bilingual newspaper, Que Pasa, was also launched in 2017.
"¿Que Pasa New Orleans?" is a bilingual television show that airs on Telemundo (T42), in New Orleans. It is a dynamic, informative, cultural program that airs every week. In each episode, the hosts guide the viewers to the exciting multicultural events in and around New Orleans including music, food, festivals, restaurants, art galleries, sports, events and more. The show introduces the viewers to the movers and shakers of the cultural scene: artists, musicians, local business owners, chefs, actors and characters that make New Orleans an exciting place to live!