By Kathy Hanrahan
The North Carolina Museum of History will celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month Saturday with a free festival.
¡Celebración! boasts music and dance performances, cooking demonstrations and hands-on activities. In addition to activities inside the museum, the event will overflow into Bicentennial Plaza, directly in front of the museum.
Some event highlights:
- Music from Los Cuñados de Tierra Calienta (Ranchera songs) and Cesar Oviedo’s Latin Rio, featuring Cuban, Brazilian and Spanish tunes
- Performances by Triangle Tango, the Argentinian Dance Group and Ballet Folklorico Guadalupano
- Make your own miniature piñata to take home
- Percussion workshop letting you try your hand at some Latin beats
- Zumba workshop and Latin Dance Showcase
- Sandra Gutierrez, author of the cookbook The New Southern-Latino Table, will prepare dishes that blend ingredients, traditions and culinary techniques of Latin America and the American South. Watch the demo and taste some samples
- Local art on display
- The museum’s first bilingual exhibit, Al Norte al Norte: Latino Life in North Carolina, which focuses on the history of experiences of Latinos in North Carolina, will be on display. It features images by Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer José Galvez