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Embrace HispaNOLA Live! For Hispanic Heritage Month

September 29, 2021
By: Re'gine Smith

One thing New Orleans is good at is embracing other cultures. In the city, we see all types of customs from people of different backgrounds. There are all sorts of things to learn about other cultures rather than our own.

The Mayor's Office of Cultural Economy has announced "Embrace the Culture," a virtual series that supports local expressions of art through virtual arts, literary arts, film, music, crafts, and culinary. Starting October 15, tune in to a six-week weekly virtual performance from the New Orleans Jazz Museum.

Embrace the Culture, which is sponsored by the Mayor's Office of Cultural Economy, is kicking off with HispaNOLA Live!, a Geaux Live NOLA series, which celebrates New Orleans's bright and colorful Latin American culture. You can view the performances by visiting the Office of Cultural Economy's Facebook page at facebook.com/neworleansculturaleconomy.

Lisa Alexis, director of the Office of Cultural Economy, said in a press release, "We want to uplift creative people to increase opportunities, stimulate the economy, and preserve traditions through a virtual experience. Our culture bearers serve as a beacon light of hope, and we value the importance of bringing artistic expressions directly to you safe at home."

According to NewOrleans.com, after Hurricane Katrina, many Latin Americans flocked to the city from elsewhere in the Americas to power the rebuilding effort and many decided to make New Orleans home. Latin culture continues to abide here in the city as a result. In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, every year, beginning mid-September to October 15, New Orleans hosts special events, festivals, and so on. The lively gatherings are filled with food, music, and people.

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