The Western New Mexico University signature cultural event, ¡Fiesta Latina!, returns to campus June 15-18.
At the center of the four-day festival is an artisan mercado that features the handmade work of highly skilled traditional artisans from across Mexico. Artisans will also be demonstrating their techniques at a dedicated tent where patrons can get hands-on experience with projects that vary from papermaking to a straw mosaic technique called popotillo.
The fiesta includes music and dance by both traditional and contemporary performers. The opening night concert at Fountain Stage at Regents Square features Mariachi Estrella de Mexico. Additional musical and dance performances will continue Friday night and throughout the weekend.
On Saturday, June 16, there will be a tequila tasting 4-6:30 p.m., with an opportunity to sample traditionally handcrafted tequilas from across Jalisco, Mexico. Tickets for this event are $45 for ten tastes and include a handcrafted copper tequilero. In addition, food vendors will be on campus throughout the festival.
The weekend includes film screenings and discussion and a dedicated children’s tent with activities for children.
“As a designated Hispanic Serving Institution,” said Alexandra Tager, WNMU Director of Cultural Affairs and one of the coordinators of the festival. “WNMU is thrilled to present this dynamic, interactive festival which draws a diverse crowd from throughout the region and engages folks in genuine cross border conversation. The aim is to bring about greater mutual understanding of our shared history and present-day connections.”
A schedule of events, tickets, and additional information are available at fiestalatina.org.