It’s about that time. The blizzards have gone and the misery that is New York City in winter has ceased. Excited to get back to my hometown – I’ve been missing my beautiful Staten Island – for Loisaida Fest in the Lower East Side on Sunday, May 24th. I’m really excited about this line-up for a lot of reasons! Salute to boricua roots group Yerbabuena‘s Tato Torres for his curatorial eye on this. It’s always great when artists and community members directly involved in communities get to program culture. Get full info via their website and RSVP on Facebook.

“The Loisaida Festival has been celebrated on Sunday before Memorial Day since 1987. It is the largest ethnic community pride festival in the Lower East Side, 15,000+ people attended last year.

Performing on the LoisaidaFest Main Stage: Calma Carmona, Chicano Batman, Papote Jimenez & Herencia De Plena

Hosted by Luis Guzmán

Beyond the top-notch diverse musical line-up of our Main Stage, the Festival offers a Green Zone, Healthy Living Zone, Arts and Craft Zone, and rich culinary street-level experiences, our Theater Lab with an Itinerary for Kid Friendly Activities, the Loisaida Awards, and our celebratory Loisaida Fest Carnival Procession.

The Festival is the annual signature event of Loisaida Inc. Funds are raised to expand our non-profit which recently secured a 51-year lease for its new Loisaida Center. All proceeds from the Loisaida Festival are used for the production of the same and for the operations of the The Loisaida Center, one of the only Latino based multi-use facility remaining in the downtown area, which aspires to build a connection between community, learners, artists and scholars through affordable education opportunities in cultural fields, S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) design and everyday life.”

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