Afro-Latino Festival 2019 brings the African diaspora home

The Afro-Latino Festival celebrates the African diaspora’s contributions to Latin culture.

Latin is a mix of African, Indigenous and European peoples and cultures. Much of the Latin culture (U.S. culture too) that we celebrate today, is originally African.

Africa is the mother of humankind. We have a lot to be proud of, and a lot to contribute.

2019 Afro-Latino Festival

The Festival is at City Point in Downtown Brooklyn on Friday and Saturday, July 12-13, 2019.

The Festival features concerts, talks and food. There are three stages of performances: BKLYN Studios Stage, Dekalb Stage and Albee Square Stage.

There is also a Red Bull Amaphiko Connect workshop for entrepreneurs of social change, the AfrolatinTalks Podcast Series, a Networking Lounge, and Our Shop Local with 30 local and international artisans.

Festival Honorees

  • Felipe Luciano (1947), Afro-Puerto Rican New Yorker poet and journalist who first gained prominence with the Young Lords.
  • Tite Curet Alonso (1926-2003), Puerto Rican composer
  • Edna Liliana, Colombian journalist
  • Afro-Colombian peace delegation

Afro-Latin Talks

Zahira Kelly provides perspectives on identity, belonging and culture

Media, marketing and Afrolatinx with:

  • Janel Martinez, journalist
  • Cecilia Nelson-Hurt, Loreal Associate Vice President Diversity
  • Arlene Pitterson, marketing strategist
  • Nydia Simone, Blactina Media

Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez, the creator of La Borinqueña comic series will be present.

Day 1

Friday, July 12, 2019 ~ There is a Diaspora Day Party at BKLYN Studios featuring Haitian-American DJ Stakz and a mashup of top Haitian, Dominican, African and diaspora DJs.

The celebration includes poet-activist Felipe Luciano, radio personality Bobbito Garcia AKA Kool Bob Love, and DJ Nina Vicious’ tribute to Puerto Rican composer Catalino “Tite” Curet Alonso.

The evening ends with Latin Grammy winning all-woman Mexican mariachi band Flor de Toloache and rock band Making Movies.

Day 2

Saturday, July 13, 2019 ~ There are free live music and dance performances on the Albee Square Stage in the Brooklyn Fulton Mall.

There is a Kids Zone for families from 11am – 3pm.

The Festival closes with a concert by Latin Grammy winning Dominican salsa legend Jose Alberto “El Canario. There are DJ sets with the Empresario Twins, Coco + Breezy, Afrobeat Love from DJ Don, and Panama’s top calpyso band Los Beachers.

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