The Chase 2011 Latino Cultural Festival kicks off tonight with a performance by the experimental Afro-Cuban dance ensemble group Oyu Oro at Queens Theatre in the Park in Corona, Queens. The performance will be followed by an opening night party.
The Latino Cultural Festival was originally founded in 1997 by Queens Theatre in the Park and the Latin American Cultural Center of Queens to celebrate the contributions of Latin American artists to New York’s arts and culture scene. This year’s festival, which continues through Sunday, July 24, will include a milonga night featuring a free tango lesson and performance by the Los Chantas Tango Quartet, performances by the Colombian comedy duo Tola y Maruja, and an open-mic night hosted by well-known spoken word artist La Bruja, among others. Some events require ticket purchases and/or reservations, while others are free and open to the public. For a full listing of the festival schedule, click here.