Fourth Annual PEOPLE en Espanol Festival Heats Up With A-List Celebrity Appearances: Pitbull, Dascha Polanco, Alejandra Espinoza, Jasmine V, Gaby Espino And Jorge Bernal Among The Many Entertainers, Leaders And Influencers To Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month In NYC October 17 & 18

Aug 10, 2015, 14:00 ET from PEOPLE en Espanol

NEW YORK, Aug. 10, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Pitbull, Dascha Polanco, Alejandra Espinoza, Gaby Espino, Carlos Varela and Jorge Bernal will join Emilio and Gloria Estefan, and actresses Angelica Vale, Maite Perroni and Angelica Maria for the fourth annual PEOPLE en Espanol Festival culminating Hispanic Heritage Month in New York City on October 17-18 at the Jacob Javits Center.

The two-day event, which is taking place in New York City for the first time, is presented by Verizon, creating hope sponsor Libre by Nexus, major sponsor Coca-Cola, official sponsor Diageo and screening room sponsor HBO Latino. Media partners are CNN en Espanol, Music Choice and El Especialito.  PEOPLE en Espanol Festival has become one of the most-anticipated celebrations of Hispanic culture in the country.  Festival is free and open to the public, offering complimentary musical performances, interactive panel discussions, celebrity meet and greets, and more. This year's Festival theme is "Your Voice, Your Power, Your Festival," with programing featuring the nation's top entertainers, leaders and influencers, including:

Pitbull, Singer-songwriter
Dascha Polanco, Actress
Emilio Estefan, producer & Gloria Estefan, Singer
Alejandra Espinoza, TV personality
Angelica Vale, Actress/singer
Angelica Maria, Actress/singer-songwriter
Jasmine V, Singer/actress
Jorge Bernal, TV Host
Gaby Espino, Actress/model
Carlos Varela, Singer-songwriter
Alicia Machado, Actress
Elizabeth Perez, TV journalist
Francisca Lachapel, Winner of "Nuestra Belleza Latina" 2015
Henry Santos, Singer 
Jonael Santiago, Winner of "La Voz Kids" 2015
Leslie Grace, Singer-songwriter
Maite Perroni, Actress/singer-songwriter
Pee Wee, Singer/actor
Quique Ursales, TV personality 
Sofia Reyes, Singer-songwriter 
Victor Florencio, Celebrity astrologer

PEOPLE en Espanol Festival has also partnered with On Your Feet!, the Broadway musical based on the life and music of the Estefans, to present a Festival-branded theater night on October 17 as a special offer for Festival attendees. The following day, the Estefans and cast members of the show cast will speak on a Festival panel.

"We are thrilled that PEOPLE en Espanol has chosen New York City for the first time to host their star-studded festival and celebrate the talent and diversity of the Hispanic community's musicians, actors, producers, and more," said Commissioner Cynthia Lopez, Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment. "The festival brings together a critical cross section of entertainers, decision makers, and leaders – many of whom call New York their home – to recognize the contributions Latinos make to entertainment industry."

"We are pleased to welcome PEOPLE en Espanol Festival back to New York City this fall, with its impressive lineup of events, seminars and performances," said Fred Dixon, president and CEO of NYC & Company. "The City is a melting pot of people, cultures and languages, and there is no better place to celebrate the Hispanic community during Hispanic Heritage Month."

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About PEOPLE en Espanol

PEOPLE en Espanol was launched in 1996 as a special issue, and today has become the top-selling Hispanic magazine in the United States. Published 11 times a year, PEOPLE en Espanol reaches an audience of 7 million every month with its editorial mix of Hispanic and popular entertainment, fashion and beauty trends, and compelling human-interest stories. PEOPLE en Espanol delivers original editorial content that captures the values, contributions and impact of today's Hispanics in the U.S.   The brand's social media footprint includes 1,200,000 followers on Twitter, over 3,500,000 "Likes" on Facebook, and 450,000 followers on Instagram.  For daily news, photos, exclusive behind-the-scenes video and celebrity scoops, visit, follow PEOPLE en Espanol on Twitter at @PEOPLEenespanol, and on Facebook at


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