Mi Gente! Latinx Music Festival in The Bronx

Mi Gente Circle

Mi Gente! 1St Annual Latinx Music Festival in the Bronx



CONTACT: Dairanys Grullon-Virgil |Ph (917) 809-0215| dairanys@migentelatinxmusicfestival.com

WEBSITE: http://www.migentelatinxmusicfestival.com/


Mi Gente! 1St Annual Latinx Music Festival in the Bronx

WHEN: Saturday, August 20th, 2016 – 1PM to 7PM

WHAT: Free All-Day Outdoor Festival with food and arts and crafts vendors

WHERE: The Point Campus for Arts and Environment, 1399 Lafayette Ave, Bronx, New York, 10474

FEATURED ARTISTS: Bulla en el Barrio, Legacy Women, Andre Veloz, Dilema Astronauta, Rhina Valentin

Bronx, NY — Mi Gente! 1St Annual Latinx Music Festival in the Bronx is a community collaboration aimed at highlighting the traditional and contemporary music of Latin America, particularly in the borough of the Bronx home to the majority of New York City’s Latin American residents. This year’s festival will celebrate the contributions of women to the Latinx Contemporary Music scene.

The FREE daylong festival will be hosted by Rhina Valentin, and feature musical performances by: Bulla en el Barrio, Andre Veloz, Dilema Astronauta, Rosangelica Lopez, aka BRONXINIAN, and Legacy Women as well as special appearances by DJ Bembona, Poetry by Mariposa, and Folkloric Dance Ñukanchik Llakta Wawakuna. Bomba, plena, bachata, contemporary jazz, neosoul and afro-latino drumming, will all be represented at the Festival. The event will also feature unique Bronx craft vendors and an art installation by artist Francheska Alcantara.

The festival will be held at The Point Campus for Arts and Environment located at 1399 Lafayette Ave, and is adjacent to the Hunts Point Riverside Park. The location is just another way this Festival will highlight and celebrate the riches of the Bronx; situated on the Bronx River, the campus is a unique mix of Hunt Point’s natural beauty and industrial resources.

Mi Gente! is the brainchild of Dainarys Grullon-Virgil, a young woman who came to live in the Bronx from DR when she was 13 years old. She learned to speak English by listening to music. This created in her a great love of music and the joy of sharing it with others. Grullon-Virgil, now 25, has spearheaded the creation this annual Festival as a way to give back to the community she calls home.

The community efforts are being led by three major organizations, The Point CDC, long time Hunts Point arts champions, BXNYCreative, led by Bronx cultural consultants Laura James and Eileen Walsh, and the Sister Circle Collective, a transnational feminist organization co-founded by Dairanys Grullon-Virgil. “The organizing of a first time festival like this can only be done by joining forces with great community partners and sponsors,” says Grullon-Virgil. We are pleased to have secured major sponsorship from T-Mobil, Sabrett /Marathon Enterprises, RV Productions, and Delicioso Coco Helado. On the Community Partner front, we have gained assistance from The Bronx Museum, Hostos Community College, The BX200, NLIRH, and Nightline Radio. These deep roots in the Bronx Community will assure the event will be one to remember.

We encourage you to visit Mi Gente! Website and Facebook Page for free tickets and festival information.

*`The term Latinx is intentionally part of the title to acknowledge the contributions of queer, trans, and gender nonconforming people, in the creation of our musical heritage.