Big names and big ideas

Americas Latino Festival brings a startling line up of writers, scientists, artists and performers to Boulder this weekend.  You’re invited.  |

The very first Latino-themed environmental festival in the world debuts in Boulder and Denver this weekend, and the agenda is jaw dropping.

Talk forums include authors Junot Diaz and Laura Esquivel. Some 35 documentary film screenings include works by Oliver Stone, Rueben Aaronson, and Peter Getzels. Performance and visual art exhibitions feature Javier Martinez, Francisco Toledo, Alfredo Benavidez Bedoya, and renowned illustrator Pablo Bernasconi. Muscians include Victor Mestas, Calle 13, Devotchka and Heatherlyn.

And these names are just the crest of the wave. We are talking about world-stage thinkers and fascinating people – Pulitzer Prize winners, MacArthur Geniuses, Nobel Laureates, notable scientists.

All are converging here to offer up ideas on better Earth caretaking, and a principal focus will be how to engage more people from more cultures; from every age and life stage.

Festival organizers point out that by 2060, 1 in 3 Americans will be Latino – and further, that 92% of Latinos feel a moral obligation to protect the natural environment. Yet today’s green marketing campaigns reflect almost nothing that’s culturally relevant to Latinos, the fastest growing group of Americans.

The Americas Latino Festival is designed to generate a new swell of energy that revolutionizes the conversation and draws more people in. Presented by CU Boulder, Denver Arts & Venues, and Americas for Conservation & the Arts, the event is supported by an array of business and organizational sponsors.

Festival events include a film forum of exceptional documentaries, a “Conscious Talks” program with 15 sessions lead by renowned panelists; Art Exhibits; Family Day events; an ECO K-12 Exhibition including 10 BVSD schools; a University Call2Action Student Showcase, and musical performances.

Venues are spread out and you’re sure to be nearby at least a few. They include the Boulder Public Library, CU campus spaces, the McNichols Civic Center Building in Denver, Naropa University here in Boulder, the Longmont Theater, and others.

Events are mostly free and open to the public. A few require tickets. All are worthwhile. See the full line up here.

Organizers and participants of Americas Latino Festival believe it is critical to make conservation relevant to people of every culture and age, to businesses and entrepreneurs, to governments and organizations. This weekend is one step forward.

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