Arts, Music, Dance & Folklore to provide joy and pride to residents
By Eden Laikin
Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano County has announced a week-long series of events in celebration of Hispanic Heritage month. The first event held yesterday, beginning at 6pm, was a celebration of Chile’s independence, followed by a lighting of the Dome at the County Executive & Legislative Building in Mineola to honor all Central American countries.
The Consulate General of Chile joined in last night’s celebration, which was co-hosted by Nassau’s Coordinating Agency for Spanish Americans (CASA) and Nassau’s Office of Minority Affairs.
“Throughout this month, we join the Nation in celebrating the culture, history and contributions of Hispanic and Latino Americans,” Mangano said. “We pay tribute to their efforts in strengthening and nourishing our country’s history, commerce, cultural identity, and resolve.”
As he does every year at this time, County Executive Mangano will also recognize the heritage of Mexico this month, during the anniversary of its independence.
Hispanic Heritage Month runs from Sept 15 to Oct 15.
On Thursday, Sept 18, there will be an exhibit of the works of Salvadoran artist, Lisbeth.
On Sunday, Sept. 21, Mangano will host LATIN NIGHT 2014 at Lakeside Theatre in Eisenhower Park. In a 7pm ceremony, Mangano will honor individual members of the Hispanic community for their integral role in enriching our culture, sports and sciences.
LATIN NIGHT is probably the most anticipated and overwhelmingly well-attended event of Heritage month – and one that shows great pride and patriotism for the entire Hispanic community. This free celebration of all the Hispanic cultures and customs begins at 2pm on Sunday Sept 21, and is sponsored by Canon USA, Briarcliff Collage, ICC Mortgages and The NY Cosmos.
The celebration will include a folkloric journey through the dance & music of Banda Paz, of El Salvador, as well as Salsa and other live music. The Rhythmology dance group and the Cosmo Girls will also perform.
“Nassau County Noche Latina gives us the opportunity to share with our residents, and highlight the diversity of Latin American cultures,” County Executive Mangano said. “Latino Americans are among the fastest growing populations in Nassau.”
On Sept. 30, in conjunction with the Argentinian Cultural Center and the Consulate General of Argentina, Mangano will host An Evening of Music & Art of Argentina from 6pm to 8pm, in the Executive & Legislative building, featuring renowned pianist Rosa Antonelli and artist Daniel Bottero.
For more information please contact our office at 516 571 3261 or firstname.lastname@example.org
HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH FACTS AND EVENTS
• Sept 15 from 6pm-8pm: Ceremony & Dome Lighting celebrates Independence for Chile, and all Central American countries – County Executive offices, 1550 Franklin Avenue in Mineola. (The date also marks the anniversary of independence for Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras & Nicaragua.)
• Sept 16: anniversary of Mexico’s independence
• Sept 18 from 6pm-8pm: An exhibit of the works of Salvadoran artist, Lisbeth, will be held at the County Executive & Legislative building (the date also marks the anniversary of Chile’s independence)
• Sept 21 from 2pm-9pm: Latin Night 2014 (Noche Latina) – Lakeside Theatre in Eisenhower Park
• Sept 30 from 6pm-8pm: An Evening of Music & Art of Argentina – County Executive & Legislative building.
• Oct. 2: County Executive Mangano and Nassau Police meet with local Latino leaders to strengthen relations.
• Oct 12: Dia de la Raza or Day of the Races. (Like Columbus Day for the U.S., this day celebrates the colonization of Latin America.)