Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Hispanic Heritage Month is September 15 to October 15; here are some of Nashville's events

Sunday, September 23
Ballet Folklorico in Franklin, TN at the Williamson County Public Library
In honor and celebration of Hispanic Heritage month in the United States which runs from September 15-October 15, the Williamson County Public Library has organized a “Ballet Folklorico” with invited guest, Destellos Culturales de Nashville. According to the group’s website, Destellos Culturales de Nashville is “a non-profit organization from Nashvhille, TN promoting Culture, Art, Health, and Sports.” The event will take place on Sunday, September 23rd with two shows at 2:00pm and 3:30pm. Come and enjoy!
For more information about the Williamson County Public Library, please visit, http://lib.williamson-tn.org/
For more information about Destellos Culturales de Nashville, please visit, http://www.destellosculturales.org/
Event summary by Rebecca Zanolini

Wednesday, September 26
Film: "Granito: How to Nail a Dictator"; Vanderbilt's Sarratt Cinema at 7:30pm, presented by International Lens and Center for Latin American Studies.
In a stunning milestone for justice in Central America, a Guatemalan court recently charged former dictator Efraín Rios Montt with genocide for his brutal war against the country’s Mayan people in the 1980s.  Pamela Yates’ 1983 documentary "When the Mountains Tremble" provided key evidence for bringing the indictment. "Granito: How to Nail a Dictator" tells the extraordinary story of how a film, aiding a new generation of human rights activists, became a granito — a tiny grain of sand — that helped tip the scales of justice. An Official Selection of the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. A co-production of ITVS with funding provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. A co-presentation with Latino Public Broadcasting.
Watch trailer here.

Thursday, September 27 
“Colores de America Latina” celebrating 150 Anniversary of Battle of Puebla (5 de Mayo),
We will also celebrate the 3rd Graduation of Plaza Comunitaria-Nashville at Catholic Charities, with the presence of the Honorable Consul General of Mexico in Atlanta, GA. Ricardo Cámara Sánchez with traditional music, food, folk art and crafts from Latin American immigrants.
Thursday, September 27th, 2012 5:30 – 7:30 PM “Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church” (GYM) (3112 Nolensville Rd. Nashville, TN 37211)
Plaza Comunitaria-Nashville offers adult literacy programs.
“Immigrants who stay in school have more promising future and help provide a stronger workforce for their communities”
RSVP: Mayra Yu-Morales by e-mail plazacomunitaria@email.toast.net

Thursday, September 27
Metropolitan Minority Caucus' Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration
6:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
Southern Hills Hospital (Holmes Center), 391 Wallace Road, Nashville
RSVP: Rosanne Hayes at roseanne.hayes@nashville.gov

Saturday, October 6
Celebrate Nashville Cultural Festival
10 AM to 6 PM at Centennial Park. Admission and parking are free.
In a city where one in six residents is foreign-born, the Celebrate Nashville Cultural Festival is not only Nashville's favorite and most vibrant cultural festival, but a timely reminder of what makes Nashville a great place to live.
The annual festival brings together over 40 cultures and 60,000 people living in Nashville and surrounding communities, and encourages understanding, appreciation and respect. The 2012 Festival features more than 100 performances on 7 different stages (including the Musician's Corner stage this year!), over 50 food vendors offering exotic tastes from around the world, hands-on children's activities, a marketplace and art bazaar, promotion in over 12 different languages, and more.
Visit www.celebratenashville.org for more information. Click here to see photos of the event Festival Area Descriptions: THE GLOBAL VILLAGE
Be transported around the world...right here in Nashville! Presented by Nashville Metro Human Relations, the Global Village offers an authentic look at the customs and traditions of the participating cultures that are present within the City of Nashville and the surrounding counties. As you walk through, you'll hear traditional music in the background as the native language of each area is spoken. You'll see clothing, instruments, and other artifacts that are customary for each country. A center stage in The Global Village showcases talents & traditions. The Global Village has included countries such as Panama, India, Ethiopia, Japan, China, Madagascar, Kurdistan, Norway, Mexico, Bolivia and Ecuador and more!
The World Market is filled with booths selling unique hand-crafted and imported items from around the world. Walking through the World Market you may also see how some of these items are made while enjoying music from the World Market Stage. Further, the World Market is a gathering place for various nonprofits and service organizations that support and benefit the diversity in our community.
An area just for teenagers as seen through the eyes of teenagers! This area is organized by the Oasis Center, and teens from our community display information reflective of their heritage and their current lifestyle. Music and dance performances are ongoing throughout the day on the Teens United Stage.
The Children's Area is a highly interactive area that has something for every age! Other activities include a Maypole, "dress up" with costumes from the Metro Parks Theater Department, painting, games and demonstrations of cricket, bocce, and soccer, storytelling, nature activities, puppet shows, hands-on art and much more! The Children's Area Stage will have interactive music and dance programs throughout the day.
New this year, Metro Nashville Arts Commission is hosting an area that will feature local artisans and crafters selling unique, hand-crafted arts and crafts that represent Nashville's diverse cultural landscape.
AND, OF COURSE, THE FOOD! Where else can you sample everything from empanadas and falafels to "hot chicken," from injera (Ethiopian bread) and gyros to Mexican popsicles all in one place? Discover exotic flavors of diversity priced right for sampling and enjoyment!
Food Vendor, Non-profit, Artist, and Marketing booth spaces are still available. Contact info@celebratenashville.org for more information.

The much-awaited cooking-contest at Vol State's Fall Fiesta, where the public can taste the entries
Saturday, October 20
Vol State "Fall Fiesta"
Hispanic music, food, and art will take center stage in Volunteer State Community College for the Fall Fiesta. This is the sixth year of the free community event that celebrates hispanic culture.
"We highlight the culture of many countries that make up what we call Hispanic culture," said Eric Melcher, Communications Coordinator. "We have a contest of typical foods of different countries. After the judges' decision, the public can try the food." That contest begins at 11 a.m.  In addition, there will be a lunch and free drinks at noon.
The dance group Hispano América will lead a dance class for festival attendees.  Entertainment will also include El Karaoke, and an exhibition soccer tournament of 5-person teams, for which there is a 9am registration deadline.
The Fall Fiesta at Vol State is scheduled for Saturday, October 20 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m, rain or shine, on the campus of Volunteer State Community College, 1480 Nashville Pike in Gallatin. Free and open to the whole community.  Families are invited to bring picnic blankets and chairs and spend the day with us.  For more information, call 615-230-3570 in English, or in Spanish at 615-230-4846.

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