Shikan to perform at Festival Hispano


El Centro Cultural is inviting the public once again to attend Festival Hispano. This year, the community event will be held on Sunday, Aug. 24, in Millsboro. Festival Hispano will start at noon and last until 6 p.m. The event is free for the whole family and located at the Little League Complex on State Street in Millsboro.

El Centro Cultural began the event 14 years ago to highlight local talent and expose area residents to cultural and traditional music from Latin America. Organizers said Festival Hispano is a wonderful day for native Delawareans and visiting tourists to experience music, dancing and food. Festival Hispano, they said, is also a fabulous cultural celebration for the many Hispanic immigrants who have come from many different countries to live and work in Sussex County.

Festival Hispano is made possible, in part, by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Delaware Division of the Arts, a state agency committed to promoting and supporting the arts in Delaware. The Delaware Division of the Arts provides technical and financial assistance to artists and arts programs and serves as a clearinghouse for information on the arts.

In addition to these grants, Festival Hispano is made possible, in large part, by the following sponsors: Bayhealth Medical Center, Beebe Medical Center, Discover Bank, La Quetzalteca Mexican Restaurant, Microtech Designs, Mountaire Farms of Delaware, Perdue Farms, the Governor’s Advisory Council on Hispanic Affairs, Service General, Sussex County Council, UFCW-Local 27, and WSFS Bank. El Centro Cultural would also like to recognize the Town of Millsboro, the Millsboro Chamber of Commerce and the Millsboro Little League.

This year’s program is packed with local favorites and some out-of-town musical groups. The local groups include a marimba band, a mariachi band, traditional Mexican dances, music from the Andes and a Puerto Rican dance group. “El Centro Cultural is always excited to find new local groups and promote these groups at Festival Hispano and local community events throughout the year,” organizers said.

Festival Hispano will also host two regional musical groups this year. They featured group this year is Urama Shikan. Members of the group are originally from Ecuador and specialize in traditional music and folkloric dances from the Andes region of Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador and northern Chile. The music, dances and clothes worn during the performance proudly display the diversity of various regions of the Andes in South America.

El Centro Cultural has invited another group, called “Expresiones de Chile” from New York, which will present the typical dances from Chile including the national dance “La Cueca.”

Display tables with community information in Spanish and local businesses that offer products and services to the Hispanic community will crowd the main field.

Festival Hispano also has a designated children’s area, coordinated by the Maranatha Church of God of Seaford, with information and activities for the whole family. The children’s area will again have a moon bounce, piñatas, games and information tables about social service agencies in the Sussex County that target services to Hispanic families. Also, food vendors will be offering some favorites: tacos, pupusas and aguas frescas.

Festival Hispano is one of the many activities sponsored by the local arts organization known as El Centro Cultural. Formed in 1995 to provide more artistic, cultural and social programs, El Centro Cultural aims to aid in discovering and promoting local Hispanic artists, supporting local arts education and coordinating local community events.

To participate in Festival Hispano to promote a business, inform the community about services and reach thousands of Hispanic residents, check out our Web site www.elcentrocultural.org for applications, pictures and more information, or contact them by e-mail at festivalhispano@hotmail.com or by phone at (302) 745-6828.