The diversity of cultural is alive in Richmond, Virginia with well over 25,000 Hispanics in the surrounding region and rapidly growing. Richmond once only known for a few Mexican restaurants now sees the diversity of Latino businesses and new growth of Hispanic cultural events. A promising future since Hispanic culture was only from textbooks, if you took high school Spanish class 20 yrs ago. ‘˜Le Dia De Los Muetos’ honors the memory of deceased loved ones celebrated in conjunction with “All Saint’s Day”. Listed are other Hispanic cultural offerings throughout the State of Virginia.
Halloween, El Dia De Los Mueros
The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen
2880 Mountain Road
Glen Allen, VA 23060
(804) 261- 2787
Saturday, October 23, 2010 (12 pm ‘” 4 pm) Admission Free
The Latin Ballet of Virginia and The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen presents a family friendly afternoon of ‘˜El Dia De Los Mueros’. Celebrate the afternoon with live music, dancing, storytelling and various arts & crafts exhibits. This provides ample time for kids to dress up in their costumes, enjoy sweet-treats and learn Hispanic culture through educational demonstrations.
Later be sure to catch the Latin Ballet of Virginia’s performance of ‘˜Alma Latina’ a brilliant presentation of Latin dance history at 7:30 pm. Tickets can be purchased on-line or at the box office $20 for adults and $15 for children, students and senior citizens.
Four Celebrations Around the World
Virginia Discovery Museum
East End of Downtown Mall
Post Office Box, 1128
Charlottesville, VA 22920
Monday, October 11, 2010 (9 am ‘” 12 pm) Ages 4-7
A teachers workshop program celebrating fall festivals and Halloween traditions partaken in other countries. This offers a great opportunity, if visiting the Charlottesville area to take in autumn colors. This stop just an hour and half away west of Richmond, provides children activities included making sugar skull and a exciting education format about the Day of the Dead celebrations. Snacks are provided for the children. For members of the Discovery Museum tickets are $30 while non-members are $35 for groups it’s recommended to call in advance.
Dia De Los Muertos
Hylton Performing Arts Center
Prince William Campus of George Mason University
10960 George Mason Circle
Manassas, VA 20110
Saturday, October 30, 2010 (5 pm ‘”10:30 pm)
Just 2hours north of Richmond, the campus of George Mason University offers a repertoire of modern dance and traditional Mexican dance performances. There will be also an art installation of the regions various talents on display. Tickets are $12 in advance or $15 at the door.
10th Annual ‘˜Que Pas?’ Festival
Science Museum of Virginia
2500 W. Broad Street
Richmond, VA 23200
(804) 864 ‘” 1400
Saturday, September 25, 2010 (11am ‘” 7pm) Free Admission
A fall tradition for the Richmond region, as Virginia’s most recognized Hispanic cultural celebrations. This event hosted by the Virginia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce features a student pinata competition that provides corporate sponsored scholarship to the winning high school. Enjoy tasty Hispanic fare, festive Latino music and the works of Hispanic artisans. Revered as best our expanding Hispanic Community in Richmond has to offer. Esperanza de verle aqui!
Ms. A. Waters @ Glen Allen Cultural Art Center and Kelly @ Virginia Latin Ballet -thanks ladies for your assistance.
The Great Volunteers at the Discovery Museum , David for Hylton Performing Art Center info and The Virginia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce