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Sept. 23, 2016

Chandler celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, the City of Chandler and the Human Relations Commission invite the community to the 17th Annual Mariachi & Folklorico Festival presented by C.A.L.L.E. de Arizona. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, at the Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Ave. The performances will start at 7 p.m.

Performances will showcase the music and traditional dances of Mexico, including the headliner Mariachi Los Camperos de Nati Cano, a Grammy Award-winning 13-piece ensemble. Mariachi Sonido de Mexico from Tucson, Ariz., also will perform. Other entertainment highlights include: dancers from Ballet Folklorico Quetzalli-AZ, Tradiciones Dance Company, Ballet Folklorico Primavera, Institute of Folklorico Mexico and Rascapetatiando Dance Company.

Pre-event activities start at 5:30 p.m. and will include an art exhibition showcasing Armandina Cruz, founder of La Casa del Rebozo in Guadalajara and nationally recognized Deshilado Artist Adela Rodriguez. There also will be a Rebozo runway show and a photography exhibition on the history of mariachi.

Ticket prices vary from $25 to $45. To purchase tickets to Mariachi Festival, call the Chandler Center for the Arts Box Office at 480-782-2680 or visit Proceeds raised will support the nonprofit C.A.L.L.E de Arizona, dedicated to promoting the beauty, qualities and traits of the Mexican/Hispanic culture.