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Iowa’s Latino Heritage Festival boasts successful event, releases 2017 dates

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For immediate release Sept. 27, 2016 DES MOINES, IA – Organizers of Iowa’s Latino Heritage Festival say a new location for the 2016 event proved popular among attendees, and the festival will return to the same site for 2017. The 15th annual festival was last weekend at Western Gateway Park in downtown Des Moines. Early numbers indicate attendance was up even though the festival had to close early Saturday night because of inclement weather. The festival will return to Western Gateway Park on Sept. 23 and 24, 2017. “We were very impressed and very happy with the new venue,” said Joe Gonzalez, executive director of Latino Resources Inc., the umbrella organization that oversees the festival. “Many, many attendees thanked us ...

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Art exhibits become interactive at Iowa’s Latino Heritage Festival

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For immediate release Sept. 21, 2016 DES MOINES, IA – Artists will create live pieces of work at Iowa’s Latino Heritage Festival, which begins this weekend in downtown Des Moines. The traditional outdoor festival gallery display will be reinvigorated with a focus on live interaction with artists. Highlights include: Emerging graffiti artist Anthony Desantiago will paint the word “LIFE” to represent his journey of the ups and downs of life through a connection with graffiti. Jose Marentes-Gonzalez is a familiar face at the festival and will return this year with his energy and cultural history. His paintings will be on display, but he will demonstrate his print-making skills and how he uses them to communicate with today’s youth ...

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Watch festival director Joe Gonzalez on the WOI midday show

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http://www.weareiowa.com/video?videoId=550609061&carousel=1&index=1

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Brazilian Moves shows the WOI morning team dance moves

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The Latino Heritage Festival was on WOI this morning to talk about the 2016 festival. While there, Brazilian Moves, one of our performers, showed the morning team some dance moves. See the video here: http://www.weareiowa.com/onlocal5/latino-heritage-festival-2017-promises-food-fun-and-culture

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Latino Festival to offer children’s activities at Downtown Farmer’s Market booth, attend Monarch event at Blank Park Zoo

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DES MOINES, IA – Children can make their own poster for Iowa’s Latino Heritage Festival at the Downtown Farmer’s Market on Saturday. Representatives from the Latino Festival will have a booth in the community corner area near Third Street south of Court Avenue. They will share information and answer questions about this year’s festival, which is Sept. 24 and 25. Children will be able to create their own festival poster at the booth. Each year, the promotional materials for the festival feature the design of an Iowa college or university student. This year U.S. Army veteran Aaron Martinez, who also will work on a piece of live artwork at the festival, designed the poster. Posters from ...

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