Ormond Beach, Fla. – Oscar Ciccone, a seasoned festival organizer and theater director from Argentina, is pleased to announce plans for “Festival Latino,” the first-ever Latin performance festival to take place in Central Florida.
Set to take stage for nearly two weeks from Sept. 16-29 at the Ormond Beach Performing Arts Center, with the center’s Marc Schwartz as managing director, this event will offer a cultural experience unique to the region with talented and prominent professional performers hailing directly from Argentina, Puerto Rico, Columbia and Cuba.
“Festival Latino” is a project born in New York City, produced by The New York Shakespeare Festival and renowned Broadway producer Joseph Papp, under the direction of Oscar Ciccone and Cecilia Vega. For more than 11 years, Festival Latino was an artistic and cultural event in New York City that had a great impact on the area’s Latino community and in the general public.
With these 11 years of experience and strong relationships with these performance groups, Ciccone is excited for its launch into Volusia County.
“I am bringing this phenomenal cultural experience to Central Florida not only because of the active and growing Hispanic population throughout the region, but also to expose the non-Latino community to authentic Latino performances,”
The shows will consist of everything from Tangokinsis, the world-famous Tango dance from Argentina to theatrical performances from the “Teatro La Candelaria” in Columbia with the play “El Quijote,” an adaptation from the Don Miguel de Cervantes creation.
Other festival highlights include performances by Daisy Granados, a famous Cuban actress who has appeared in more than 35 films since 1964. Daisy Granados will present the play, "Diatriba de Amor Frente a un Hombre Sentado," written by Nobel Prize winner Gabriel Garcia Marquez.
The festival will close with "Quien mato a Hector Lavoe,” a performance from Puerto Rico with song, dance, and a live orchestra.
Festival organizers expect this event to draw more than 5,000 people from around the state. Tickets will be available soon for $20 per performance at the Ormond Beach Performing Arts Center (399 North -US Hwy. 1, Ormond Beach, FL 32174; (386) 676-3379).
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