Words By Abigail Vela
MXLAN is happening right now! The 5-day Summer Art & Music Festival is at the heart of McAllen, Texas, at the McAllen Convention Center, highlighting young Latinx artists and nuestra cultura. Locals and visitors can expect many activities throughout the festival, including arte, musica, comida, y comunidad.
Immerse yourself in the arts at the Creator in Motion Art Project, where you can witness muralists Paola Delfiin, Irving Cano, and the Her.Mosa Collective create street art-inspired murals. You can watch top regional artists create, paint, and share their poetry at La Communidad Art Space. Be sure to support over 100 craft makers from Mexico and the US at the Artisan Mercado.
Pictured: Muralists Her.mosa Collective, Irving Cano, and Paola Delfín.
Don’t miss out on the Breakthrough Music Stage to experience the musical talents of local and regional artists, such as:
Queen Killahbee, Ambar Lucid, STRGHTFWRD, HiMarcus, Inner Wave, Ariel & the Culture, Cana!, Lost in Limbo, Touching Infinite, Neon Indian DJ Set, and more!
Of course, we can’t leave out the much-anticipated performance of MXLAN, Mon Laferte, who will perform on July 29th.
Local and regional musicians will perform at the Breakthrough Stage!
Additionally, there will be a Community Music Stage and MXLAN Pop Up Street Dance where you can express yourself through your music and dance!
MXLAN wouldn’t be complete without food. Treat your tastebuds to authentic Latinx and Mexican food and drinks at the Sabor a Mexico Mexican Cuisine Festival, and the Mezcal, Tequila, and Catrina Night.
Pictured: El Catrin greeting visitors into MXLAN, vendors selling goods at the Artisan Mercado, and artists live-painting a Día de los Muertos inspired mural.
MXLAN is bringing community members together to engage in the South Texas Ideas Festival, an RGV conference on culture, identity, and more. Meet and connect with investors at the Mexican Investors Conference and Exhibit. Or enjoy gaming and lego building at the MXLAN Lego Brick Building & Video Game Zone. You can also enter the MXLAN Mindgames: International Chess Tournament, where you can win over $3600 in prizes.
There is a little bit of everything for everyone at MXLAN. This festival is more than a showcasing of art and music. It is an homage and celebration of nuestra cultura, like their motto states, “these are our roots, we are the flowers.”
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On Saturday, March 25, La Unión del Pueblo Entero (LUPE) is celebrating its 20th Anniversary and partaking in its 20th Annual Cesar Chavez March! Founded in 1989 and established in 2003 in the RGV, LUPE became a community union that uplifted low-income communities through organizing and advocating for social issues.