Salwa founded Farandula Texas, as one of the first Spanish-speaking entertainment reporters in 2013. Salwa has covered nationwide awards such as the Latin Grammy Awards, People en Español, Latin Billboards amongst others. She was able to build a reputation of her own in Austin, which opened new opportunities. Both El Mundo Newspaper and Telemundo Austin recruited her to cover local entertainment and events. She is one of the voices of El Mundo Newspaper radio show on Thursdays and the happy entertainment face of Telemundo Austin Friday nights.
Mariachi Las Coronelas
Like nothing you've ever seen. It is an eleven-member, beautiful, all-female ensemble that performs a high-energy entertaining show from beginning to end. A mix of songs in English and Spanish that cater to every single person in the audience. From love songs, to dance songs to the Devil Went Down To Georgia, Las Coronelas are changing the way people perceive Mariachi Genre. Created and directed by Vanessa del Fierro, beauty, talent, high-energy and plenty of audience interaction are qualities that Las Coronelas bring. Don't let the dresses and high heels fool you, when these ladies put on a show, they truly make it a magical event and will leave the audience asking for more. Guaranteed to be something you've never seen and will definitely be an experience you will never forget!
CONJUNTO LOS PINKYS
A Texas-style dance band from Austin, Texas that plays down-home conjunto music.
Dubbed by many as the Buena Vista Social Club of Austin's conjunto music scene, Conjunto Los Pinkys, like the music they create, are a multi-generational, cosmic hybrid of American, European, Mexican, Texan and Tejano musical cultures. The music includes a variety of traditional influences from the Texas-German brass melodies, Czech polka, Polish mazurka and oberek, Spanish pasodobles and poetic verses, plus the flavors of Northern Mexico norteno music, Colombian cumbia and popular American music. With a heavy mix of danceable, polka-beat rancheras, the older musical forms, like classic redovas, valses, shotis (shottische) are also played along side romantic boleros, tropical cumbias and whirling, 6/8 time huapangos.
Güateque Son is a new Son Jarocho musical project that specializes in regional folk music from the state of Veracruz, Mexico with a Tejano edge based in Austin, Texas! Through romantic melodies and passionate ensembles, they bring to Austin a unique flare of Mexican music that’s not your typical mariachi. Also known as “Música de las cuerdas” or “string music” this musical style includes coastal veracruzano.
round rock ballet folklorico
The Round Rock Ballet Folklorico was founded by Yolanda Sanchez in 1988. Yolanda Sanchez has been an educator for over 20 years and has been an instrumental influence in the development of many programs throughout the city. She founded the organization to offer everyone an opportunity that she wasn't provided with when growing up. By strongly believing in what she does, she has been able to provide many dancers an opportunity to give back to their community through expressing themselves through dance.
DJ Gracie Chavez
DJ Gracie Chavez is an ambassador for the Texas music scene. She's doin it real big (DIRB!) pushing the crossover of music genres, playing a spectrum of sounds and winning folks over. And this mami is the perfect act with a pedigree heavy enough to handle any party.
A veteran DJ of the Lone Star State, she co-founded and leads up Bombón, one of the region's hottest tropical bass crews and record label, Bombón Music. Her sharp skills and taste-making selections have also earned her Houston’s Best DJ (2016) title and influential out-of-town bookings making her a top choice for events nationwide
EDUCATIONal Activity Kits
These activity kits will be available to pick up at Viva Mexico! Choose from the ajolote project, papel picado banners, the MACC coloring book, or all three! Please note that the kits are free to Viva Mexico participants on a first-come, first-served basis. Take your kit home or complete it at the festival (self-guided!) Orale!
Recuerdos fotoatx Exhibit
Recuerdos is a collection of photos taken by MACC photographers Ulises Garcia and Mari Hernandez during events at the ESB MACC from 2007 to the present. Commemorating 14 years of the MACC’s existence, this selection of work features images from our signature events, collaborative programs, educational programs, and the Latino Artist Access Program. Recuerdos will be on display at the MACC during our Viva Mexico celebration and is available to view online below!