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Calendar Pick: LatinxFest

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Originally scheduled earlier this month to land right in the middle of National Hispanic Heritage Month, LatinxFest is officially returning after a three-year hiatus due to COVID. That’s not to say it hasn’t been without challenges between navigating COVID protocols to secure a city permit and the chaos of UGA home football games. Downtown will transform into a powerful celebration of Latinx cultures, with the main stage featuring music and dance from Peru, Mexico, Brazil, Central America and more. Performers include Tonalli, Danza Azteca Sr Sn Jose, Aklla Sumak, Beto Cacao, Incatepec, Flor de Jalisco, Elias, Quetzaly, Cortez Garza and El Pariente. Over 50 vendor stations will provide information, art and food representative of these countries. This year there will be a kids area with a variety of activities, games, art and more. “Only once in a year can we find this variety of culture, art, dance, music and food in one place,” shares LatinxFest Director Beto Mendoza. “[This is meaningful because of] the fact that the Latinx population represents more than 10% of Athens’ population, and we are still invisible in public life.”

WHO: LatinxFest
WHEN: Oct. 30, 11 a.m.–6 p.m.
WHERE: Downtown Athens
HOW MUCH: FREE!

Sam Lipkin

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