When Musco Center for the Arts launched its World CAFE Series in spring 2016 with its first Heartbeat of Mexico Festival, it drew the biggest crowd of the season to the brand-new, critically acclaimed 1,044-seat performing arts center at Chapman University. More than 3,500 people enjoyed the multifaceted festival, which included a free afternoon of live outdoor performances, food and craft booths, events inside the performing arts center and at other venues on the Chapman campus, and a ticketed concert in the evening inside a completely sold-out Musco Center.
Now, back by popular demand, the Heartbeat of Mexico Festival returns to Musco Center on Sunday, May 28, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., for an afternoon-long free fiesta of music and culture. The festival features a roster of all-new local performers as well as many of last year’s favorites, performing on five outdoor stages. Once again, the festival is presented in association with Chapman University’s Latinx Staff and Faculty Forum.
In addition to performances, the daytime fiesta will include hands-on workshops for all ages (mural painting, papel picado [cut-paper] and paper flower-making, theater and folklorico dance, among other offerings) and face-painting. There will also be food booths selling tasty Mexican cuisine. Inside Musco Center’s lobby there will be an exhibition of art by influential Mexican and Mexican-American artists, including Frank Romero and Alfredo Ramos Martinez, from the Hilbert Museum of California Art at Chapman University.
The day will conclude inside Musco Center’s Julianne Argyros Orchestra Hall with a 6 p.m. ticketed performance by the popular L.A.-based vocal and instrumental group Las Cafeteras and New York City’s first all-women mariachi ensemble, Mariachi Flor de Toloache. Tickets for the evening performance, starting at $20, are available online at www.muscocenter.org, or by calling the box office at 844-OC-MUSCO (844-626-8726).
“Following the enormous success of last year’s Heartbeat of Mexico Festival, and the positive feedback we received from the community, it was an easy decision to bring back a new and even better edition this season,” said Richard Bryant, Executive Director of Musco Center for the Arts. “We’re honored and delighted to once again be working closely with Chapman’s Latinx Staff and Faculty Forum, chaired by Marisol Arrredondo, which contributed so much to the planning and volunteer staffing of this event that showcases our outstanding local performers and arts organizations during the day, with remarkable professional talents onstage in our evening performance. We hope to maintain this creative partnership and present this festival annually for many seasons to come.”
Musco Center for the Arts is located on the Chapman University campus, at One University Drive in Orange, Calif. Parking for this event will be free all day in the Lastinger and Barrera Parking Structures.
This article was released by the Musco Center for the Arts.