“Viva La Comida! puts the spotlight on the ethnic food of the city’s most diverse borough – Queens”
“A culinary and entertainment extravaganza!”
“A celebration of amazing food, beautiful culture, and Jackson Heights, a wonderful, vibrant community in Queens.”
Viva la Comida is a festival highlighting the cultural diversity Queens, combining food with music, art, dancing, entertainment and more on a street known for its outpouring of vibrancy.
With local food trucks, an art exhibition, an open market atmosphere, and dancing amid live music from a collection of latin, jazz, and roots bands, this is a pure celebration of what makes 82nd Street the heart of the city.
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Martin Vejarano’s (Chia’s Dance Party, La Cumbiamba eNeYé, Cumbia River) music projects draw from a festive repertoire of Colombian Cumbia standards. These all-time favorite Cumbia hits will take you back to the golden years of the genre, as well as inspire you to dance and contemplate the joy and energy that these rhythms bring along. Featuring tuba, accordion, clarinet, percussion and voice, the band delivers a captivating fresh sound.
Versatile Latin Jazz percussionist, Arturo Stable brings us Yuka Seca, a trio that features Pablo Moya on guitar and vocals, and Rudick Vidal on bass. Performing the most traditional songs and rhythms of the Cuban repertoire, this trio will also deliver all the excitement of the improvisation or descarga, and a sound that is both universal and irresistible to the body and feet!
Even at young age, Yailin can capture the audience with her strong voice and passion on stage. A Queens native, she sings classic Mariachis, honoring her Mexican heritage.
DJ Michael Noonan was bred and spread within the rhythmic diversity of Jamaica, Queens and his music collection mirrors this. He feels at home whether the party calls for salsa dura, astral jazz, percussive funk, or heavy rock and more, and he tends to blend styles in surprising ways.
Master Magician Angelo Bermeo will bring a magic show alive to any audience in a fun filled live performance for the entire family long remembered after the curtain closes.
Born and raised in Queens, Adrian Bermeo is known as an abstract artist. Proud of his Latin American heritage, as well as being a native New Yorker, his organic works display his influences in nature, music, graffiti and hip hop culture.
7Train Murals is collaborating with the 82nd Street Partnership for the annual Viva La Comida festival with a series of temporary mini-mural canvases set up throughout the festival. Generously funded by Citizens Committee for New York City, the murals will be inspired by Hispanic Heritage Month (9/15-10/15) and the rich colors and patterns found in Hispanic textiles and folk costumes.
National service fraternity Alpha Phi Omega, from St. John’s University, as well as 7Train Mural volunteers will help paint the canvases live during the festival. These works will later be distributed as 10 free large paintings donated to local Jackson Heights, Elmhurst & Corona community centers and organizations to decorate their walls!
7Train Murals is a community-based, volunteer mural organization dedicated to beautifying neighborhoods along the 7-Train in Queens and Manhattan. Established in 2013, we have revitalized almost 9000 square feet of vandalized and vacant public spaces with the sweat equity of hundreds of individual volunteers and the partnership of dozens of local organizations. Join us! www.7trainmurals.org
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Huang Xiang is considered one of the greatest poets of 20th century China and a master calligrapher. He is a Nobel Prize in Literature multi-nominee and two-time winner of the Hellman Hammett award. He uses his performance, art, and poetry to build a bridge between East and West and to celebrate universal humanity. Huang Xiang has over twenty books published in several languages, and over three million calligraphic characters of his poetry survived the Cultural Revolution in China.
Centro Cultural Barco de Papel joins Viva la Comida with an interactive art project – “Cultural Identity Through Everyday Objects.” As part of this celebration we will share a visual art proposal using everyday objects, such as: doors, windows, chairs, tables, among others. These will be modified creatively by guest artists and the general public, thus creating “unique and unrepeatable” works without changing its original function, providing them with new, unique and creative sensibilities in the present. The phenomena of visual culture today not only occurs in museums, galleries and exhibitions. Many cultures and urban sub-cultures have developed the same principle of “intervention” or “modification” of objects, clothes, tattoos, cars, etc., to aesthetically identify and demonstrate their vision of the world through signs and colors. We have chosen art to complement this celebration, as one of the oldest forms of human expression and contribute to reflect on our urban environment. This project is made possible thanks to the collaboration of artists throughout New York City, the 82nd Street Partnership, art supplies and the team of volunteers from Centro Cultural Barco de Papel.
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The 82nd Street Partnership is an award-winning neighborhood development group founded in 1990 that serves nearly 200 businesses in Jackson Heights and Elmhurst, Queens. Its mission is to improve neighborhood quality of life and support small business growth by creating a more inviting and vibrant commercial corridor.
Funding for the event is provided by private and public sponsors.