With this project, a group of some of Kentucky’s most celebrated artists will create a vibrant, interactive cultural festival and performance, which brings together diverse people from all over the world. The Cornbread & Tortillas festival, modeled after a successful project originated by the same group in Lexington last fall, will give attendees the opportunity to participate and engage directly with the cultures of Appalachia/Kentucky and Latin America via workshops, demonstrations, and performances.
The one-day event will take place at the Americana World Community Center begin with free classes and interactive educational opportunities. At the event, you’ll get to explore a rainbow of cultural activities, including a bilingual sing-along in English and Spanish, demonstrations of both cornbread and tortilla making, displays of handicrafts from Kentucky and various Latin American Countries, demonstrations of Andean, Appalachian, and Latin American instruments, and workshops in quilting, drumming, herbal medicine-making, folk dance from Appalachia and Mexico, and storytelling. You’ll also get the chance to jam with professional musicians in an open jam session for attendees who want to learn more and participate in the traditional musical styles being demonstrated.
The event will culminate with an evening performance/concert featuring the musicians, dancers, and actors from the project. The performance is part of an ongoing artistic collaboration between the award-winning Appalachian/Latin fusion band Appalatin, Kentucky Arts Council artist/songwriter and Appalachian musician/dancer Carla Gover, actor/singer and cultural activist Jorge Luis Ruiz, and traditional dancer in the baile folklórico style, Paulina Vazquez. The performance is a multi-disciplinary storied journey which explores through song, story, dance, and music the common ground between Appalachia and various Latin American cultures.
The festival will be held at the Americana World Community Center in the diverse south end of Louisville. We will advertise extensively will expect attendees from the entire metro Louisville area and beyond. Although this project will specifically highlight the intersections between Kentucky and Latin American cultures, the Americana World Community Center serves immigrants and refugees from 101 different countries. It is our hope that not only will this festival increase understanding and acceptance for and between the cultural groups it emphasizes, but also that it will create a climate where each of our unique heritages can be celebrated. This festival will provide a great opportunity for learning new skills, making new connections within the community, and participating in cultural activities. The indirect benefits to the community will be less tangible but equally important.
We believe that in these times where divisiveness and intolerance seem to be on the rise, it is more important than ever that we come together to share and learn from each other. This will be a completely free event so that all have the opportunity to attend and enjoy, so by donating you will be supporting an event that values and showcases diversity, inclusion, and unity, while providing a fun event for the whole family.