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Viva Aztlan Festival Celebrates its 20th Year of Ballet Folklorico Competitions

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Provided by Zenaida Aguero-Reyes

Viva Aztlan Festival (VAF) is celebrating its 20th Anniversary of Ballet Folklorico Dance Competitions, Mariachi Workshops & Concert on March 14-15, 2014 held at the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center. VAF is honored to hold the record of longest running Ballet Folklorico competitions and invites everyone to come and witness why it continues to thrive!

Lubbock Centro Aztlan Organization is under the umbrella of Ballet Folklorico Aztlan, was founded by the late Bidal Aguero in 1989 with a purpose to enrich the community with the Mexican and Mestizo culture through art and stage productions. The production of the event, "Viva Aztlan Festival" began in 1993 with Ballet Folklorico competitions and Theatre productions, but as time passed the festival continued with only Folklorico competitions and later added Mariachi workshops. VAF will honor the origins of the festival and include a short scene from the play, "The Wonderous Santa Suit," written by Bidal Aguero at a reception in celebration of its 20th year. Original artwork from various local artists will also be on display.

VAF competitions begin at 3:30 p.m. on Friday and 1:00 p.m. on Saturday and run throughout the day. The competitions are open to the public because all performances are unique and very entertaining, but above all crowd participation is encouraged! Participating groups arrive in Lubbock from around Texas, New Mexico, Colorado and Oklahoma after months of preparation. The crowd's energy will help fuel the groups' entire performance; although, technique and skill is the ultimate judge. Three qualified Maestros (master teachers) will score all participating groups and hold the final tally until Saturday night where VAF will crown, 'Best of Festival!'

Following the day's competitions, each evening at 7:00 p.m., VAF will feature two spectacular performances. Friday evening, March 14th, be prepared to sit back and enjoy the sounds of Mariachi Mexico Lindo along with other local Mariachi groups, followed by a beautiful production by 2013 Best of Festival winner Edinburg Parks & Rec Folklorico Dance Team from Edinburg, Texas. Edinburg Parks will dance to a production called, "Stories Live Forever, But Only If You Tell Them." Saturday evening, March 15th, will feature a performance by all the Mariachi workshop participants then Mariachi Los Arrieros from El Paso, TX will hit the stage with an explosive performance that is a must see! Each evening represents what this Festival embraces which is to continue to educate the community about the richness of the Mexican Mestizo culture through art.

The festival is open to the public. Pre-Sale tickets are $10 on Friday and $12 on Saturday and are available to purchase online at Last day to purchase pre-sale tickets is Thursday, March 13 at midnight. Tickets purchased at the door are $12 on Friday and $15 on Saturday. For more information, contact Zenaida Aguero-Reyes at or 252-2828.

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