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Latinx Unidos del South Sound presents

Festival Latinx


Saturday, November 13, 2021 from 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Tacoma Armory
Tickets: FREE Community Event
Back in person for 2021 with the theme of Esperanza (Hope), Festival Latinx is a celebration of the Latino communities of the South Sound, with music, dance, art, crafts and more! Safely enjoy performances from mariachi to salsa, along with vibrant art installations and a mercadito. Free entry to the main event with vaccination or proof of negative test. Alternative space with onsite vaccination clinic available.

Festival Latinx 2021 combines an exhilarating line-up of Latina/o artists and performers with an inspiring message of community resilience and vital health resources – all in a safely produced event.

Attendees will experience live performances that reflect the diversity of Latinx communities, with musical acts such as Mariachi Guadalajara, salsa band Eleré, Panama’s Alfredo Chavez, Trío Guadalevín and Dora Oliveira’s all-women Brazilian drum line.

Dance performances feature lively choreography and colorful costumes. Bailadores de Bronce – the Northwest’s premiere Mexican ballet folklórico company – will open the dance stage, followed by the pageantry of Central American tradition from Panamá Folklore and the majesty of Afro-Cuban dances and intricate salsa of La Clave Cubana.

Visual art will be a centerpiece of the experience as festival-goers are greeted by a bright 20-foot tapete (sand painting) by celebrated Oaxacan artist Fulgencio Lazo, who established this beloved tradition in the Northwest with his popular Day of the Dead. Additional works by artists such as Ecuadorian-born Mauricio Robalino, South Park artist Amaranta Sandys and Chicano artist Jake Prendez will be available to see and/or purchase.

A mercadito – or little market – will feature additional artisans offering handmade jewelry, imported and local handcrafts and small-batch creations like the tropical-infused beverages of Komadre Kombucha. Various nonprofit and community organizations will be on hand to share information and resources, as well as recruit for jobs. 10 x 10 booths are free for artists and organizations, with all proceeds going to the vendors.

Festival Latinx is free and designed to keep attendees safe and well-served. The main program will be housed in the expansive parade floor of the Tacoma Armory, which uses air scrubbers and windows for excellent ventilation. Proof of vaccination or a negative test within the past 72 hours are necessary to enter this part of the event. While food and drink will be available, they must be consumed outside as masks are required indoors.

For those without vaccination or a recent negative test, the festival will host a vaccine clinic in a separate space. Led by LUSS’ Vaccine Project Coordinator and a team of community promotoras (health promoters), information will be available to community members as well as free, no-appointment vaccinations by a mobile MultiCare clinic. Thanks to Community Health Worker Coalition for Migrants and Refugees, every person vaccinated at Festival Latinx will receive a $50 incentive and can get free Uber rides to and from the event.

Those being vaccinated will also enjoy their own live music performed by artists including Ecuadorian guitarist Pablo Flores and chamber musicians from Orquesta Northwest under the direction of Paula Madrigal.

The theme of Festival Latinx, Esperanza – or Hope – represents both the challenges and strength of the Latino community.