In 2014, Bosque parent and Peruvian native Jackie Zamora founded the South American Folk Fair as way to unite Albuquerque’s South American community and bring elements of the culture to the city. This year’s festival, the 5th annual, will feature traditional food and folkloric dances from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Perú, and Venezuela. The event has had an incredible positive impact on the community and just five years after its inception, a new generation is being brought into the fold.
“All my children are dual citizens of Peru and United States, and I knew that when my oldest Sophia was ready, she would also enjoy taking part in this festival,” said Ms. Zamora.
Sophia ’25 first participated last year, offering some assistance to dancers to ensure they knew their place in the schedule. This year, her responsibilities will remain with assisting dancers, but will increase to ushering them to the performance stage and helping with their workshop schedules. “This way she will be able to observe the traditional dances as they are happening,” Ms. Zamora added.
Sophia said that despite some anticipated nervousness, she’s up for the task. “I feel really excited to be a part of such a big event,” said Sophia. “I’m a really shy person so I know that when the event happens I'll have some mixed emotions—both excited and nervous.”
Headlining the event will be Houston-based Pachangara, under the direction of Venezuelan percussionist Gerardo Araujo. Added attractions for the entire family include free face-painting and dance workshops for all ages.
IF YOU GO:
Sunday, May 19, 2019
National Hispanic Cultural Center Fountain Courtyard
Tickets: $14 in advance, $16 day of show w/ $2 discount for NHCC members; free for children age 12 and younger
For more information call the box office at 505-724-4771 or visit www.nhccnm.org