Loisaida Festival 2016 – Recap

This year’s Festival created an over-the-top Latin performance art, music, and culinary experience that celebrated Puerto Rican and Latino culture and history, as well as its present and future in downtown Manhattan. Avenue C from 6th to 12th street reclaimed its role as a hub of Latino creativity and culture in the city and the nation, as this year’s festival featured offerings and acts from the neighborhood and from all over the United States, from East L.A. to Puerto Rico.

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Boricuas and Other Latinos Celebrated the Lower East Side, Showing Loisaida Lives

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NEW YORK, NY – Our 29th annual Loisaida Festival 2016 took place on the 29th of May, 2016 on the Sunday before Memorial Day. This year, the Festival honored its Puerto Rican roots, creating a bridge between Puerto Ricans stateside and those facing a humanitarian crisis back in the island. With this in mind, the Festival mixed old school and new school Puerto Rico.

It opened with a Carnival Procession for the neighborhood, one of the largest the Festival has seen in recent years, which included acts from Puerto Rico and carnival elements created by Casa Mucaro Artists who worked with Loisaida neighbors. The Latina icon and Vedette of America, Iris Chacón / Yo Soy Iris Chacon commanded the stage as host and musical performer. A highlight of the day was Chacón’s performance of her iconic “Si tu Boquita Fuera.” Equally strong was the performance of Boogaloo hero Johnny Colón, in which he announced the return of his famous music school to a new home in Loisaida, Inc. A host of newcomers, including hip hop singer Day Luv, singers Maxine Ashley, Lizbeth Roman and Macha Colón y Los Okapi, as well as salsa band Lower East Salsa. Gotham’s actor JW Cortes (from “Gotham”) co-hosted the event and ignited the audience with an a capella rendition of the famous “En Mi Viejo San Juan”, a song that by now is an anthem for Puerto Ricans in the diaspora.

There was of course more music, dancing, and food along our beloved Avenue C plus the 3rd annual Loisaida #TheaterLab was a huge success!

Avenue C from 6th to 12th street was reminded of its strong ties to the Latino and Puerto Rican community in a big way, bringing the neighborhood’s longtime residents closer to the island and to its roots.

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Special thanks go out to our Sponsors and Grantors. Without them none of this would be possible. Popular Community Bank, Phipps Houses, United Healthcare, Acacia Network, Hispanic Federation, WellCare, Age Well, Metro Plus, Gouverneur Hospital, NY State Department of Health, Mother’s Ruin, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Department of Cultural Affairs, Office of Councilwoman Rosie Mendez. In-Kind Sponsors: El Diario, Delta Airlines, Two Boots Pizza, Webster Hall, La Marqueta Retoña, Pitorro, Puerto Rico Tourism. Photos by: Olivia Paschkes, Ryan John Lee, Javier Romero & Ken Bravo uncovered the Latino spirit still very much alive in the Lower East Side.

This year’s Festival created an over-the-top Latin performance art, music, and culinary experience that celebrated Puerto Rican and Latino culture and history, as well as its present and future in downtown Manhattan. Avenue C from 6th to 12th street reclaimed its role as a hub of Latino creativity and culture in the city and the nation, as this year’s festival featured offerings and acts from the neighborhood and from all over the United States, from East L.A. to Puerto Rico.

A particularly unique aspect of the Festival, beyond the diversity of offerings, was the wide range of audience members. People of all generations, groups, and countries came together in a single spot. A celebration of all the rich layers, diversity, and textures that made the Lower East Side of Manhattan an iconic neighborhood, the 28th Loisaida Festival provided a delicious shot of Latino culture that left us wanting for more.

ABOUT LOISAIDA INC: Loisaida, Inc. is a Latino-based non-profit community development organization affiliated to Acacia Network. Located in the Lower East Side, it boasts over 30 years of award-winning innovative programs in education, arts, culture and community development focused on highlighting the contributions of Latinos to the vibrant cultural fabric of downtown Manhattan. One of the events Loisaida, Inc. is best known for is theLoisaida Festival, a Festival that has long celebrated Latino culture in the Lower East Side while also highlighting the community’s rich diversity. This year’s event is presented by Popular Community Bank and Acacia Network. Additional major sponsors are the Hispanic Federation, Phipps Houses, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, ConEdison, Well Care, El Diario la Prensa, Webster Hall, Two Boots, Gale A. Brewer, Gouverneur Health, Rojo Chiringa, among others.


Photo Credits: Ryan John Lee and Olivia Paschkes

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