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Viva Aztlan Festival Celebrates its 23rd Year of Ballet Folklorico Competitions & Mariachi Concert


Viva Aztlan Festival (VAF) is celebrating its 23rd Anniversary of Ballet Folklorico Dance Workshops, Competitions & Showcase and Mariachi Concert on March 10-11, 2017 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!

VAF folklorico workshops will begin at 10 a.m-5:30 p.m. on Friday. The workshops are taught by the invited Maestros from Coahuila, Mexico and San Jose, CA.

VAF will hold a "Pachanga" at Rooster's Food Truck Yard, 1602 Main Street,  from 4 p.m. until 100 p.m.

The "Pachanga" will have a variety of food trucks with entertainment by Mariachi Mexico Lindo, Los Canelos and Veracruz Harpist Salvador Peña Herrera. The event is free to attend.

VAF folklorico competitions begin at 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday.

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 Hobbs & Albuquerque, NM, and others from cities within Texas.  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, Saturday evening at 7 p.m., VAF will feature a spectacular performance by the previous year's 'Best of Festival' winner, Austin High's Ballet Folklorico, along with a special guest from Veracruz, Mexico, harpist Salvador Peña Herrera. The evening will end with an explosive concert featuring Mariachi Azteca de America from San Antonio, TX. The Mariachi have been back to back winners of the Houston Rodeo Mariachi Competition. The evening represents what this Festival embraces which is to continue to educate the community about the richness of the Mexican Mestizo culture through music and dance. 

The festival is open to the public.  Pre-Sale tickets for Saturday all day is $15 and for evening only is $10 available to purchase online  Last day to purchase pre-sale tickets is Thursday, March 9 at midnight.  Tickets purchased at the door for Saturday evening only are $15. Exact cash purchases can be bought in person at Our Lady of Guadalupe, 1120 52nd Street, during business hours.

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