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¡Viva! Festival

Saturday, October 7, 2023 - 2:00pm

Fun for the whole family awaits at the Village’s ¡Viva! Festival planned for Oct. 7 on the south lawn at Village Hall. The daytime event is part of the Village's celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month. It will begin at 2 p.m. and feature food, entertainment, activities for kids and more.

Schedule of Events:

  • 2 p.m. - ¡Viva Festival! begins; Opening Remarks from Latine Planning Committee and Village staff
  • 2:15 p.m. - Spanish Language Kids' Storytime with Kathy Valdivia
  • 2:15 p.m. - Performance from ESSO
    • ESSO is a multicultural live music band from Chicago. The group made a splash by leveraging their influences and invoking polystylistic sounds from the same urban streets that birthed House music, and potent movements in slam poetry, punk rock, and free jazz. Drawing on these raw influences, the band effortlessly fuse Latin roots music with modern Americana into a rhythmic sancocho filling dance floors and providing ample evidence of Chicago’s presence as a hotbed of creative new music in the States. This inner city big band of rotating members has unsealed a kaleidoscopic repertoire propelling them to perform for concerts and festivals alongside Grammy winning artists.
  • 2:45 p.m. - Piñata activity
  • 3:15 p.m. - Peruvian Dancers
    • The Center of Peruvian Arts connects audiences and students to the Indigenous cultures of Peru through performances, educational programming, and participatory workshops. Through these practices, the organization is committed to promoting Indigenous Peruvian knowledge and wisdom, and cultivating skills in collaboration, coexistence, and social awareness. Serving the Chicagoland area, the Center of Peruvian Arts strengthens the community’s identity to their Indigenous Peruvian counterparts. 
  • 3:45 p.m. - Piñata activity
  • 4 p.m. - Performance from Mariachi Sirenas
    • Mariachi Sirenas is proud to represent the genre of mariachi music in the Windy City. As Chicago’s First All-Women Mariachi, the group is ahonored to be a part of the community of strong women working together to promote the folkloric arts of Latin America. Mariachi Sirenas was founded by members Ibet Herrera and Eréndira Izguerra, both with a dream to bring women together for the art of mariachi music in their hometown. ¡Que viva la mujer y nuestra tradición Mexicana, si señor...a!
  • 4:45 p.m. - Piñata activity
  • 5 p.m. - Closing Remarks from Latine Planning Committee and Village staff
  • 5:15 p.m. - Loteria activity with prizes!
  • 6 p.m. - ¡Viva Festival! ends