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George Vlahakis
IU Media Relations

Last modified: Monday, September 22, 2003

Festival Latino presents musical celebration at IU Bloomington

Indiana University will highlight local Latino artists on Saturday (Sept. 27) at Festival Latino, a celebration of Latino music and culture.

The sixth annual Festival Latino is part of a larger celebration of the 30th anniversary of La Casa, IU's Latino Cultural Center. The La Casa celebration also will be highlighted by the first Latino alumni reunion.

The outdoor concert and celebration will take place from noon to 6 p.m. at IU's Dunn Meadow, located at the corner of Seventh Street and Indiana Avenue. It is free and open to the public.

This year's concert will feature musical performances by Conjunto Urbanos (Cuban), Music Royale (Brazilian), 317 (Caribbean) and Monsave Perez Latin Jazz Project. All of the groups are based in Indianapolis. Latino student groups will provide food and refreshments.

The festival is taking place the same weekend as the Lotus World Music and Arts Festival in Bloomington and complements that event by offering a diverse blend of performers associated with the growing Latino presence in Indiana.

Festival Latino is sponsored by La Casa, the IU Office of the Vice President for Student Development and Diversity, FASE Mentoring Program, WTIU-TV and

For more information, call La Casa at 812-855-0174 or go to its Web site at