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Cervantes Fundación Hispanoamericana de Arte

Was created in 1982 by Guillermo De Bango, as a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization, with the mission to promote modern and classical Hispanic arts and cultural traditions which include music, dance, literature, fine arts, and culinary arts, among others. Cervantes has had a major impact in the Hispanic community and the Louisiana community in general. Today, Cervantes has established four major events throughout the calendar year: Mardi Gras Mambo, New Orleans International Guitar Festival, Que Pasa Fest and Christmas of Hope. Fundraising and social events also occur during each year. The organization was named after Miguel de Cervantes, a Spanish novelist, poet and playwright, who lived during the 16th century.

 

Que Pasa Fest

What began as a simple vision to bring people from all over the metro area together to enjoy and celebrate the beauty and history of Latino roots during Hispanic Heritage month, Que Pasa Fest has turned into an event larger and faster growing than its founding members ever expected. Que Pasa Fest has grown rapidly from 1,000 attendees in its 2011 inaugural year to over 5,000 attendees in 2015! Imagine listening to a wonderful classical concert, appreciating people dance their traditional folkloric songs, and hearing pulsing live music from every corner of the Meadow Area in Lafreniere Park, while people dance, children play and families gather to drink and eat in the cool fall air to celebrate. This free festival, spanning over six days, is an event unlike others and one you won't want to miss! It’s the festival that one day hopes to be the biggest, free celebration of Hispanic heritage and culture in Louisiana. QPF is celebrated in October.

 

Christmas of Hope/Navidad de Esperanza

Is a fundraising effort that was created in 2012, with a holiday theme and with the purpose to benefit underprivileged children in a Latin American country. Artists gather to entertain the guests with seasonal music and performances in an effort to raise money to benefit these children and give them a ray of hope during the giving season. In the past, award winning artists such as Jorge Gomez, Anais St. John, Javier Olondo, AsheSon and Rumba Buena have participated in this beautiful event. Organizations in Honduras, Guatemala, and Mexico have benefited from Christmas of Hope/Navidad de Esperanza. COH is celebrated in December.

 

Mardi Gras Mambo

Was created in 2013 and is an event illustrating how Carnival is celebrated in Latin American countries tying in New Orleans’ Mardi Gras. It presents an opportunity for people to learn about the history and traditions of Carnival in New Orleans and Latin America and it’s a diverse and friendly event drawing evenly across all groups to participate. Royalty plays an important role in the Mardi Gras Mambo. A King and Queen are chosen, usually a non-Latino and a Latino, that have demonstrated fine qualities in the community through their participation and charity work to show diversity and appreciation of the multicultural scene in the city of New Orleans. MGM is celebrated a week before Mardi Gras.

 

New Orleans International Guitar Festival

Was created in 2014. The objective of the festival is to showcase the guitar which is used in a wide variety of musical genres worldwide. It is recognized as a primary instrument in genres such as blues, bluegrass, country, flamenco, folk, jazz, mariachi, metal, punk, reggae, rock, soul and many forms of pop. The festival highlights the guitar in some of these genres along with other members of the guitar family such as the lute, theorbo, banjo, cuatro and tres, just to name a few. Artists from around the world are invited to perform and showcase their talent throughout the days the festival is celebrated. Performances are scheduled at the different venues in the Greater New Orleans area and are usually free for the attendee. The festival also helps promote New Orleans as a diverse musical community where music is appreciated and recognized as a tool to unite different cultures. It is celebrated in May.