Published On: Mon, May 23rd, 2016

Loisaida Festival Announces 2016 Lineup. Guess who’s coming?

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The iconic Loisaida Festival is back with a vengeance this year. Mark your calendars: May 29th, 2016 from 12:00 to 5:30 on Avenue C from 5th to 12th Street. Now that all the details are out of the way, we can jump into the good stuff.

This year, the Loisaida Festival returns with a lineup that celebrates the organization’s original Puerto Rican roots. Legendary Puerto Rican acts will come together with rising Puerto Rican stars.

Que quienes son? Hip-hop singer DayLuv, songstress Maxine Ashley, Lower East Salsa, and Johnny Colón will delight with their tunes. Macha Colón y Los Okapi will be joining the stage courtesy of La Marqueta Retoña. The carnival procession and Theater Lab return with a full entertainment lineup for children and their families.

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That’s just the icing on the cake. Puerto Rican icon and international entertainment phenomenon, Iris Chacón, will host the festivities alongside Marine-combat-vet-turned actor, singer/activist J.W. Cortes (yes, from  FOX’s “Gotham”).

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Chief Curator at Loisaida, Inc. shares what else to expect this year: “Every year we challenge ourselves with pushing the accomplishments of previous years. And bringing together icons like Iris Chacón and Johnny Colón with a new cadre of edgy, innovative artists will make for a fantastic celebration. Our poster is being created by visual artist, Adrian ‘Viajero’ Roman who is doing a commissioned installation at Facebook offices as we speak, and Loisaida Inc. is his neighborhood partner in this project. He is also sharing his knowledge in our El Loop Fair, a Latino Grassroots Innovation Fair we are hosting the day before the Festival.”

“Then you have people like Edgardo Miranda Rodríguez who is elevating Latinos through his work with Marvel and bringing the Guardians of Loisaida Exhibit for the weekend. This year’s festival is really like old school Puerto Rico meets Puerto Rico 2.0,” she added.

For those who’ve been around for a while, this ambitious programming comes as no surprise. The celebration of Loisaida, Inc.’s roots is a throwback to the organization’s mission and strong social commitment.

It’s also a fulfillment of a commitment that started four years ago when Loisaida, Inc. became an affiliate of Acacia Network, an integrated care organization founded by Raul Russi. Raul Russi’s unique leadership style, and a new core team at Loisaida, Inc., injected a new energy into the organization.

The move resulted in a revamped Festival, a new community space, a host of intergenerational programs, such as their upcoming Senior Days, and efforts to expand into STEAM programming, helping Latinos thrive in tech, engineering, design and creative fields.

The Loisaida Festival 2016’s expanded offerings preview a new stage in Loisaida, Inc.’s plans to combine STEAM programming with social services that meet the needs of the community. Some of the new offerings include a Grassroots Innovation Fair, discussions on how art and digital technologies intersect, an expanded Healthy Living Zone, with free dental screenings for children, and a new Sustainable Innovation Zone, which will include a Bio Bus.

“Loisaida, Inc. has always been committed to both preserving and serving our community. This year’s expansion into STEAM and our strengthened Healthy Living Zone speak to that commitment. The Festival entertains, of course, but there’s also a very intentional commitment to elevating Latinos through our offerings,” said Russi, founder and CEO of the ACACIA Network.

Loisaida Festival Announces 2016 Lineup. Guess who’s coming?