Childsplay, Cultural Coalition present virtual arts festival


El Zócalo Festival to highlight Latinx arts and culture in high definition video

Childsplay and Cultural Coalition have teamed up to present El Zócalo Festival, a virtual, immersive experience into arts and culture featuring Latinx artists from metro Phoenix.

The event kicks off April 10 with a broad range of video sequences highlighting visual artists, performers, musicians, dancers and others. These activities – accessible through the Childsplay website – will be unveiled throughout the festival, which runs through June 30.

Among the highlights will be a parade featuring dancers, drummers and large puppets.

Local musician Gustavo Angeles, who has opened concerts for performers such as Juanes and Alejandra Guzman, will perform as will Mariachi Rubor, an all-female troupe based here.

In depth interviews with artists will share their history as creators and explore their inspirations found in the works they produce.

“Dreamers,” a play about the hopes and dreams of immigrants, will be performed by Teatro Bravo.

In addition to folklórico, capoeira and Aztec dancers will offer performances.

Shot in high-definition video with multiple camera angles, aerial drone footage, and various lighting environments, the festival aims to give families a fresh, creative look at the rich cultural traditions and expressions of Latinx culture.

Viewers will need to sign up to access at childsplayaz.org/zocalo. Although signups are not yet being accepted, Childsplay’s Facebook, YouTube or Instagram pages will be updated to reflect current status.

The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation provided special support for the festival.

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