12:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Saturday, September 23, 2023
Chochenyo Park, 2430 Encinal Ave, Alameda, CA 94501
From the sounds of the cajón and the rhythms of bomba, to colorful skirts, fabulous footwork and flavorful cuisines, the Rhythmix Nuestros Colores Festival celebrates music, dance, art, food and culture from Latin and Indigenous traditions in an afternoon of fun for the whole family.
Rhythmix is thrilled to present an energetic lineup of local artists, featuring the electrifying beats of The Ka-Hon Ensemble with their soulful Latin American and Spanish melodies, the explosive rhythms of Batey Tambó’s Puerto Rican bomba, the colorful and spirited Colombian folk dance of La Cumbiamba Colombiana, the graceful and captivating Salvadoran folk dance of Ballet Folklorico Flor de Café, and the riveting tropical música caribeña of Bululú. Get ready for an unforgettable experience of vibrant cultural and artistic expression!
Explore a diverse range of Latin American art, including handmade crafts from Portal Artesanal, stunning tin art nichos from Devika’s Palacio, unique ritual kits from The Intuitive Goddess, and beautiful feather and bead ear wear and necklaces from Tomás Plata. And don’t forget to get an exquisite hand-painted mehndi from Mancha de Mehndi.
Kids can also unleash their creativity and learn about traditional Latin American art by making their own arte repujado (embossed tin art) and indigenous Taíno symbol rock paintings with local artists Rachel Anne Palacios and Mela Delgado.
Indulge in a variety of delicious cuisines from our featured food trucks. Savor the authentic flavors of Puerto Rican food by Boriqua Kitchen.Refresh yourself with sweet acai bowls and poke by Chef Hits The Streets. And satisfy your cravings with tacos and boba teas (including horchata flavor!) by Teaqueria.
Nuestros Colores: Art & Culture Festival of the Americas is part of the Rhythmix Performance, Art and Learning “PAL” in the Parks series, which brings family-friendly, multicultural performances of music and dance, hands-on art activities for youth, and culinary treats and dishes from around the world right to your neighborhood.
PAL in the Parks is presented in partnership with the City of Alameda Recreation and Park Department and Public Art Commission.
Please note this event takes place at Chochenyo Park, 2430 Encinal Ave, Alameda, CA 94501.
Discover an explosive array of rhythms from around the world that can be played with a simple wooden box (cajón). Immerse yourself in the music as Ka-Hon shares rhythms, songs and dance from Peru, Mexico, Colombia, Spain, Jamaica and Venezuela in this highly interactive and engaging performance.
Photo Credit: Cliff Warner
A dynamic Latin music band showcasing a live and flavorful repertoire deeply immersed in the rich influences of Venezuela and the Caribbean. Their performances encompass an exciting array of styles, including calipsos, salsa, sones, porros, cumbias, merengues, gaitas and more. Fun and vibrant, Bululú delivers an array of original compositions and uplifting shows with its top tier San Francisco Bay Area ensemble.
Photo Credit: Francisco Puentes (@puentesfran)
Batey Tambó is an Oakland and San Francisco-based, women of color-led cultural group grounded in the centuries-old musical tradition of Afro-Indigenous Puerto Rican Bomba. Batey Tambó director/founder Denise Solís (La Bombera de la Bahia) founded one of the first ever all female Bomba ensembles, Las Bomberas de la Bahia and is one of the first women to play the Subidor (lead drum) in the tradition of Bomba. Batey Tambo co-director, Julia Caridad Cepeda (Julia Danse), is from the esteemed Cepeda Family who have carried this tradition for more than 8 generations and counting. Julia has been dancing Bomba for more than 40 years. Together, Julia and Denise also co-lead Taller Bombalele – Bomba Percussion & Dance classes offered at Rhythmix Cultural Works. They teach Bomba Cangrejera in the tradition, and with the blessing of, their elders in La Familia Cepeda.
Photo Credit: Kegan Marling
La Cumbiamba Colombiana is a folkloric comparsa formed by a group of dancers and various volunteer collaborators whose mission is to preserve and share Colombian heritage, culture, and folklore in San Francisco and the Bay area. The group has participated in Carnaval San Francisco since 2014 winning multiple times in the Folkloric Category. Volunteer dancers with or without prior experience, of all backgrounds, ages, and nationalities are always welcomed to join the familia Cumbiambera.
Photo Credit: Jayasimha Nuggehalli
Originally from Colombia, Lynda Gutierrez, creator of DFJ, combines her love of dance with elements of fitness in a joyful welcoming way for all levels of movers! Through Dance | Fitness | Joy, Lynda offers Latin dance cardio classes, strength training classes, and private dance sessions that stem from her experience in Classical Ballet, Latin Dance, Modern Dance, Pilates, and Yoga.
Photo Credit: Maurice Ramirez Photography for Rhythmix Cultural Works
Ballet Folklorico Flor de Café is a multigenerational group of dancers dedicated to preserving and sharing the traditional folklore & dance of El Salvador, strengthening their cultural identity sharing positive and beautiful aspect of Salvadoran culture.
Photo Credit: Alvaro Batista Photography
A festival like this needs many hands, and presents an opportunity to make an impact in the arts and in the community! We are seeking volunteers to assist with different aspects of the event, providing support for promotions, setup, cleanup, transporting equipment, assisting guests and performers, and creating positive experiences for all. For more information and to sign up, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.