MOLAA’s Afro-Latinx festival to highlight diversity of the Americas

Visitors to the Museum of Latin American Art on Sunday, Feb. 24 will have the chance to experience its inaugural Afro-Latinx Family Festival, drawing attention to the African influence in Latin America, the museum announced today.

Guests can check out works by emerging and established Cuban artists in the gallery by Le Huella Múltiple, dance without worry to Tropical Afro-Latin outfit QUITAPENAS in the Sculpture Garden and dig in to Peruvian fare from the Mikhuna food truck in the side lot, among other activities.

“The one-day festival highlights the African legacy in Latin America and offers visitors the opportunity to experience a mixture of customs from African and Mestizo peoples in the Americas,” stated the release.

Also in the Sculpture Garden will be Capoeira demonstrations, as well as a performance by Los Angeles-based Lidereibugu Garifuna Ensemble, a group with ties to Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and St. Vincent who dance, drum and sing to preserve the Garifuna culture.

Kids can listen in on story time with the Long Beach Public Library in the Screening Room, have their faces painted for free in the Viva Event Center, and check out the craft vendor stalls and art workshops to music by local DJ Eusébio Akasa.

The festival runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at MOLAA, 628 Alamitos Ave. Admission is free; parking is $10. For more information and full schedule of activities, visit the website here or call 562-437-1689.

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Asia Morris has been with the Long Beach Post for five years, specializing in coverage of the arts. Her parents gave her the name because they wanted her to be a world traveler and they got their wish. She has obliged by pursuing art, journalism and a second career as a competitive cyclist.