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Dia de la Raza 2016
Dia de la Raza 2016
Posted on 09/22/2016
CarlosThe Puyallup School District is proud to host the 2016 Culture and Arts Festival, Dia de la Raza, at the Karshner Museum and Center for Culture & Arts on Saturday, October 8, 2016. This family festival of Latino cultures will include music, dance, and art activities from noon until 5:00 p.m. – all for free!

Dia de la Raza means “Day of the People” and is a celebration of the many cultures which make up Latino identities across the Americas. Visitors will be immersed in the culture thanks to a great line-up of professional artists.

This year, Dia de la Raza will focus on salsa - not the food, but the international dance and music inspired by Afro-Latin traditions. Get your groove on with Vanessa Villalobos' BALORICO in dance workshops then try out your steps with live music by Carlos Cascante y su Tumbao (pictured above). Follow the story of salsa from the Caribbean to New York with the documentary, Latin Music USA, and create art projects including Oaxacan Animals, Brazilian Rock Art and Animals and fun Carribbean art.

Carlos Cascante y su Tumbao is a leading Northwest salsa combo fronted by Carlos Cascante of the Spanish Harlem Orchestra and directed by acclaimed pianist (and Puyallup resident), Julio Jauregui. With powerful vocals, brass and a full rhythm section, Tumbao promises high energy fun!. Tumbao will perform two concerts on October 8.


Performing artist, dance instructor, and choreographer Vanessa Villalobos will help visitors feel the rhythm of the music and learn a few salsa dance steps. Originally from Lima, Peru, Villalobos has earned dance and theatre degrees from the University of Washington and Seattle University. Locally, Vanessa teaches Salsa, Ballroom and AfroPeruvian dance to adults and youth at West Seattle’s Kenyon Hall.

Discover the roots of salsa through the acclaimed PBS series, Latin Musci USA. Screenings offered in English and Spanish will trace the salsa story from its Afro-Caribbean heritage to the latest reggaeton beats.

Last year, nearly 500 visitors met at the Karshner Center for this festival. Thanks to funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, Washington State Arts Commission, and a partnership between the Puyallup School District and the Broadway Center for Performing Arts, the festival will return to Puyallup on Saturday, October 8, 2016.

Families will enjoy the music and dance, and will also appreciate the teacher-led craft instruction for children. 

Families can once again count on a food vendor to compliment the cultural experience. Terrific Cuban sandwiches will be available from the newly opend food truck South Beach Cuisine and Espresso. Stay the whole afternoon and plan to have dinner with the family at the Karshner Center.

Don’t miss the 2016 Culture & Arts Festival, Dia de la Raza: Day of the People, at the Karshner Museum and Center for Culture & Arts on Saturday, October 8, 2016 from noon until 5:00 p.m.

Dr. Brian Fox