Thursday, July 29, 2010

Queens Theatre in the Park's Chase 2010 Latino Cultural Festival Kicks Off Today

The 14th year editon of Queens Theatre in the Park (QTP)'s Chase 2010 Latino Cultural Festival, which will take place from July 29 to August, will feature more than a dozen events, including music, dance, comedy, spoken word, film, and family-friendly performances. Among the main attractions this year are concerts by Leon Gieco, a pop-folk musician who has been called the Argentine Bob Dylan, and singer Susana Baca, who has been instrumental in the international popularity of Afro-Peruvian music, and the provoking Cuban singer and rock performer Carlos Varela. 

The Festival schedule includes:

- Thursday, July 29, 2010 - Contra Tiempo, Urban Latin Dance Theatre

- Friday, July 30, 2010 - YOMO TORO Y Los Latino Del Son, Special Guest "El Topo", Music

- Saturday, July 31, 2010 - FREE - Pistolera - Moona Luna, Music

- Sunday, August 1, 2010 - Tango y Vida, Music and Dance

- Tuesday, August 3, 2010 - Alejandro Caceres Dance Company

- Wednesday, August 4, 2010 - FREE - Film - Al otro lado

- Wednesday, August 4, 2010 - FREE - Open Mic Night / Bonafide Rojas

- Wednesday, August 4, 2010 - FREE - Milonga - Los Chantas Tango Quartet

- Thursday, August 5, 2010 - Leon Gieco - opening act Claudia Acuña, Aquiles Baez and
    Lucia Pulido

- Friday, August 6, 2010 - Carlos Varela, Music

- Saturday, August 7, 2010 - Jorge Velosa and Los Carrangueros, Music

- Sunday, August 8, 2010 - Susana Baca, Music

In 1997, Queens Theatre in the Park founded the Latino Cultural Fesival with the Latin America Cultural Center of Queens to celebrate the contributions of Latin American artists to New York's cultural life. Queens Theatre saw that a rising number of Latinos were calling Queens home and adopted an artistic vision that was at once local and global. Through the Festival's performing arts programs, Queens Theatre could better serve the changing community with artistic programs that were relevant and could resonate throughout the community.

Under the leadership of Claudia Norman, Festival Artistic Director since 1999, QTP highlights Spanish, African and Caribbean influences, presents rich folk traditions, and spotlights a range of popular and cutting edge artists. By amplifying new voices and showcasing classic heritage, she has transformed a modest cabaret series into the nation's largest and most important Latino multi-disciplinary cultural festival, featuring music, theatre, dance, film and family productions, as well as visual art exhibitions. Many of the participating Central and South American artists now make the Festival their exclusive NYC engagement. This once local effort to better serve Latino audiences has become a major cultural attraction in the northeast.
 Funding for the Chase Latino Cultural Festival 2010 has been provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, The New York State Council on the Arts, and The New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. Additional funding has also been provided by Bloomberg, Harkness Foundation, Jerome Robbins Foundation, Mertz Gilmore Foundation, The New York Community Trust / Lila Acheson Wallace Fund for the Arts, RBC Wealth Management, The Shubert Foundation and the Arts & Business Council of New York. For reservations please call the Box Office at 718-760-0064 or visit

Queens Theatre in the Park is located in Flushing Meadows Corona Park in the New York State Pavilion designed for the 1964 World's Fair by Philip Johnson.

- By Subway: Take the 7 train to Mets-Willets Point stop. Exit and turn left after passing through turnstile, walk downstairs on the parking lot side and follow the theatre shuttle signs. Take free trolley to the Theatre. Trolley runs for one hour before and after all performances.

- By Car: Take the Grand Central Parkway to exit 9E (from Manhattan) or 9P (from Long Island) and follow the signs for the Theatre. Free parking in adjacent lot.

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