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Guild Hallís Fiesta Showcases Latin American Culture

Originally Posted: November 19, 2010

Brittany Buckley

Tenochtitlan dancers showcase their talent for all to see. (Brittany Buckley)

East Hampton - Guild Hall and the Havana Film Festival New York hosted the Annual Fiesta Family Fun Day in East Hampton on Sunday, November 7. Sponsored by Suffolk County National Bank and Judy Harris, the lively gathering engulfed every participant in Latin American culture.

Arts and crafts brightened up the Fiesta.

Guild Hall welcomed families and children, free of charge, into a traditional celebration of culture. Children, teens and adults flooded through the doors of Guild Hall Sunday afternoon, tapping their toes and clapping their hands as a fun-filled day of workshops, screenings and live Latin American entertainment unfolded before them. The children were having just as much fun as their parents, as all eyes focused on the incredible talent that took center stage.

Jennifer Cohen, Lewis B. Cullman Associate for Theater Education and Michelle Klein, Lewis B. Cullman Associate for Museum Education spearheaded the event this year and were happy with the successful turnout. "Guild Hall always tends to focus on arts and the local community," Cohen remarked. "Today is a day of fun for everyone, bringing Latin American culture to the East End."

Besides the delicious traditional treats and endless festivities, the live entertainment was very well received. Colorful and energetic Tenochtitlan singers and dancers twirled, tapped and rolled across the stage, engaging the audience with Ballet Folklorico Dance in the John Drew Theater. The graceful elegance, yet powerful routine brought everyone to their feet, clapping and singing along with the lively Latin American tunes that echoed across the crowd. And that's not all. The Escola de Samba Boom brought the beauty of Brazilian inspired music to Guild Hall, giving everyone a multi-cultural experience to cherish.

The long-anticipated performance of a popular local band, Mr. No Shame, ultimately captured the audience. The talented band put their skills to the test as they performed some eclectic, rock and roll inspired tunes that drew quite the crowd.

Guests were treated to a Gallery Tour and Talk with curator, Christina Mossaides Strassfield and translator, Karina Cascante about Ellen Frank's "Cities of Peace" and Elizabeth Sloan Tyler's prestigious exhibitions. Children had a blast at the Hands On Kids Art Workshop that was inspired by traditional Latin American crafts in the Boots Lamb Education Center. Parents and their little ones colored, glued and snipped away at colorful designs that painted the walls with bright colors once they were finished.

As the Fiesta came to a close, The Havana Film Festival New York presented a screening of a multi-cultural children's film for everyone to enjoy. "The Clan of the Can" made its first U.S. premiere, giving everyone something to remember as they danced their way out of Guild Hall. Without a doubt, the Fiesta turned an ordinary day into a festive, fun-filled celebration of culture and guests surely seemed to agree.

Mr. No Shame put on an unforgettable performance.


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