CHICAGO, June 9, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- The largest mariachi event in the U.S. attracting more than 18,000 patrons returns for the third consecutive year featuring an extraordinary performance by Ballet Folklórico de la Universidad de Colima at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University on June 24, 2017, and a seven hour mariachi extravaganza at Millennium Park featuring the world's greatest mariachi bands on June 25, 2017.
Making their Chicago debut, Ballet Folklórico de la Universidad de Colima presents a breathtaking Mexican folkloric dance spectacle, Orgullo de la Tierra Mía, featuring 36 dancers and 24 live musicians. Founded 36 years ago under the direction of legendary Mexican choreographer Rafael Zamarripa, Ballet Folklórico de la Universidad de Colima is one of Mexico's leading cultural arts institutions and most renowned folkloric dance company. The performance takes place on June 24, 2017 beginning at 7:30 pm at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University located at 50 E. Congress Parkway. Ticket prices range between $40 and $75.
The 3rd annual Chicago Mariachi Festival is free to the public and takes place at Millennium Park's Cloud Gate and Jay Pritzker Pavilion on June 25, 2017 beginning at 2:00 pm located at 201 E. Randolph Street (between Michigan and Columbus Avenue). Mariachi band headliners include Mariachi Los Camperos (Los Angeles, CA), Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles (Los Angeles, CA), Mariachi Aztlán of the University of Texas-Río Grande Valley (Edinburg, TX), and Mariachi Herencia de México (Chicago, IL). The Festival also features Mariachi Heritage Foundation student mariachi bands from seven Chicago Public Schools.
About the Mariachi Heritage Foundation (MHF)
A 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 2013, the MHF exists to celebrate and preserve the rich cultural heritage of mariachi music through school-based mariachi music education programs and performing arts concerts in Chicago. MHF serves 2,100 students enabling students to meet general music requirements through a structured curriculum in mariachi performance. For more information visit mariachiheritagefoundation.org, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter and Instagram, @Mariachi_HF.
About the National Museum of Mexican Art (NMMA)
The NMMA in Chicago showcases 3,000 years of creativity from both sides of the Mexican border, connecting visitors to the diversity of Mexican art and culture. Works from the museum's 10,000-piece permanent collection are exhibited in four welcoming bilingual galleries, and the museum's location in the vibrant Pilsen neighborhood allows for a total immersion in the richness of Mexico's culture. Admission is always free at the NMMA, the first nationally accredited Latino museum in the U.S.
About Millennium Park
Millennium Park—Chicago's town square—is the #1 attraction in the Midwest and among the Top 10 most-visited sites in the U.S. Millennium Park is located on Michigan Avenue, bordered by Randolph St. to the north, Columbus Dr. to the east and Monroe St. to the south. The Park is open 6am–11pm daily. For the latest news and events, download the Millennium Park app, visit millenniumpark.org, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter and Instagram, @Millennium_Park.
About the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE)
The DCASE is dedicated to enriching Chicago's artistic vitality and cultural vibrancy. This includes fostering the development of Chicago's non-profit arts sector, independent working artists and for-profit arts businesses; providing a framework to guide the City's future cultural and economic growth, via the 2012 Chicago Cultural Plan; marketing the City's cultural assets to a worldwide audience; and presenting high-quality, free and affordable cultural programs for residents and visitors.
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SOURCE Mariachi Heritage Foundation