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Viva Aztlan Festival – Q&A

It’s a big year for one of Lubbock’s most popular cultural events. The Viva Aztlan Festival is celebrating its 20th Anniversary, and we invite you to celebrate another year of the Mexican Mestizo culture through dance and music! To get more info about the event, we got a few questions answered by Zenaida Reyes, the festival organizer.

What is the Viva Aztlan Festival?
The Viva Aztlan Festival is a two-day event that is comprised of Mariachi music and Folklorico dancing. There are workshops, a Folklorico Showcase that features last year’s “Best of Festival,” Edinburg Folklorico Dance Team and Mariachi concert featuring Los Arrieros from El Paso. There is also children and adult Folklorico competition.

VA - Edinburg Parks & Rec Folklorico Dance Team from Edinburg, TX

Edinburg Parks & Rec Folklorico Dance Team from Edinburg, TX

What is the history of the festival?
The Lubbock Centro Aztlan Organization is under the umbrella of Ballet Folklorico Aztlan, founded by the late Bidal Aguero in 1989. Our purpose is to enrich the community with the Mexican and Mestizo culture through art and stage productions. We have held many functions for this sole purpose. We continue to sponsor art exhibits, poetry readings, plays, and films. The production of the event “Viva Aztlan Festival” began in 1993 and has continued for folkloric dance groups to come to Lubbock to compete. Lubbock Centro Aztlan will continue to educate the community of the richness of the Mexican Mestizo culture for generations to come.This year we are celebrating our 20th anniversary. The festival first started out with Folklorico and theatre, then Mariachi was added five years ago.

Tell us about the festival’s activities:
The entire festival will be held at the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center, 1501 Mac Davis Lane. On Friday, March 14, the children competition begins at 3:30 p.m. That evening, at 7 p.m., the Folklorico Showcase will feature last year’s “Best of Festival” and Mariachi Mexico Lindo. On Saturday, March 15, the adult competition starts at 1 p.m., and the Mariachi concert begins at 7 p.m.

VA - Los Arrieros from El Paso

Los Arrieros from El Paso

What is your favorite part of the festival?
For me, there is not one favorite part. What I like most is that everyone comes together to learn about and see our culture.

Why should families in Lubbock put the Viva Aztlan Festival on their to-do list?
Every portion of the festival is educational, colorful and vibrant with music and dancing. There is not a dull moment during the times that people are on stage.

For more information about the upcoming Viva Aztlan Festival, visit their website at www.vivaaztlan.org or call 806.252.2828.