LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Viva Aztlan Festival (VAF) is celebrating its 24th Anniversary of Ballet Folklorico Dance Workshops, Competitions & Showcase and Mariachi Concert on March 9-10, 2018 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 and concert.
VAF folklorico workshops will begin at 10:00 a.m-5:30 p.m. on Friday. The workshops are taught by the invited Maestros from Coahuila, Mexico and Austin, TX.
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 7:00 p.m., VAF will feature a spectacular showcase by the previous year's 'Best of Festival' winner, Grupo Folklorico Desoluna from Albuquerque, NM. During the showcase, there will be an explosive concert featuring Mariachi Mexico Lindo. The Mariachi is a local group that plays in various locations but most known for playing at a local restaurant. Their many years of experience is displayed in their performance as one of the top in the city. 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.