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National Hispanic Heritage Month runs from September 15th until October 15th. Grupo Latinoamericano and Missouri State University are two area institutions putting on events to celebrate the month. KSMU’s Melanie Foehrweiser has details.
Yolanda Lorge, president of Grupo Latinoamericano, says the festival her organization is putting on is all about fun.
“We basically are bringing the Spanish speaking countries to the Ozarks through dances, food, music, games… traditional ways of celebrating our heritage.”
Lorge says there will be games for all ages, with a special kiddie corner for younger attendees. Dance performances will showcase styles from Argentina, Cuba, Colombia, El Salvador, Peru, and Spain.
Lorge hopes that the festival will bring awareness to the traditions of the Hispanic population of the Ozarks, which she says are not very well known in these parts.
“That’s the main reason. Not only sharing our culture, but also our heritage…our legacy, our heritage that is being in this area, in this land that is now the United States for more than 500 years.”
The festival will be held Saturday (September 22nd) from 6 pm until 9 pm at Iglesia Cristiana Casa de Oración. The church is located at 3935 West Sunshine. Admission to the festival is free.
Missouri State University will also be hosting a number of events throughout Hispanic Heritage Month. Events include guest speakers, panels, meet and greets, and movies. For a link to the full list of events, visit our website www.KSMU.org.
For KSMU News, I’m Melanie Foehrweiser.