Houston International Festival to offer Houston schools a taste of South America

Houston International Festival to offer Houston schools a taste of South America

Houston International Festival to offer Houston schools a taste of South America


by Houston International Festival


Posted on April 2, 2012 at 5:19 PM

Updated Monday, Apr 2 at 5:26 PM

HOUSTON - On Wednesday, April 4, the 2012 Houston International Festival (HIF) will bring a preview of its festival spotlighting Argentina to Sherman/Crawford Elementary, located at 1510 Jensen Drive in Houston, from 1:30 p.m. to 2:15 p.m.

The visit is a part of the Houston International Festival’s program to bring Argentine culture to eight Houston at-risk schools. This week, the dance company and group Luna Argentina will present  gaucho folk dancing, as well as perform the tango for an assembly of 275 students.

The Luna Argentina Dance Company strives to showcase different areas of Argentina through song and dance to cover its broad, vibrant spectrum of expression and culture.  This includes the Tango of Buenos Aires to the strong Argentine Malambo show of the Pampas, including boleadoras and bombo / drums.

Luna Argentina will be performing on all four days of the Houston International Festival (April 21, 22, 28 & 29) in the Estancia in the Chevron Argentina Living Museum, as well as on the festival’s H-E-B Cultural Stage.

This year marks the 42nd year for the festival, which is produced by a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, the Houston Festival Foundation, Inc. Festival proceeds benefit the education program of the foundation, which produces a teacher’s curriculum guide on the spotlighted country’s culture. The curriculum guide reaches a potential 900,000 students at 1,471 campuses in seven Texas counties.

Like the many colorful and exciting performances on site at the festival, these visits to Houston-area schools help bring the culture of Argentina to life for students, as a complement to the lessons presented in the Teacher’s Curriculum Guide. Through these efforts, the Houston Festival Foundation seeks to help inspire the children of today to become global citizens of tomorrow.

Additional school visits are as follows:

Clemente Martinez Elementary

April 5 from 1:30 p.m.- 2:15 p.m.
901 Hays, Houston, TX 77009
with Guests Luna Argentina

Milby High School

April 10 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:10 p.m.
1601 Broadway, Houston, TX 77012
with Guests The Argentine Tango Club

To schedule interviews with Argentinean performer and leader Susana Collins of Luna Argentina and dancers; or HIF Performing Arts Director, Rick Mitchell; contact Alexis Jones at 832-474-1592 or alexis@medley-inc.com

To purchase tickets to this year's festival, visit: http://ifest2012.eventbrite.com/

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