CWF2014sqJoin us this Saturday, from 1pm-7pm at Ritchie Valens Park in Pacoima for the 9th Annual Celebrating Words Festival!

This year, in honor of the 25th Anniversary of Tía Chucha Press, the Celebrating Words Festival Planning Committee will be featuring poetry, or better yet, flor y canto at the Annual Celebrating Words Festival.

Flor y canto originates from the Nahuatl phrase In Cuicatl In Xochitl. Cozkacuauhtli Huitzilcenteotl, “Huitzi”, the Mexihcayotl Facilitator at Tía Chucha’s, shares some history behind the Nahuatl phrase:

“In Cuicatl In Xochitl, is a Nahuatl difrasismo, literally meaning Flower-Songs, which was used by the ancient Nahuatl peoples to describe the concept of the ‘arts’ (i.e., song, poetry, music, dance, etc.).  While most pre-Hispanic educational institutions were organized and taught according to gender, the cuicacalli (‘house of song’)–where the arts were developed, involved participants of all genders. Therefore, it’s historically apparent, that In Cuicatl In Xochitl describes the ‘creativity’ and ‘expression’ that all persons possess and need to develop in order to be complete beings–regardless of age and gender.”

Flor y canto is a concept that Tía Chucha’s practices on a daily basis by providing a safe place for our community members to express themselves and tap into their imagination to create positive change. We’re thrilled to be able to showcase our efforts and programming to the community of Pacoima.

Uniting Through Flor y Canto, this year’s festival theme, will be represented by live musical performances, spoken word and poetry, and on-site painting.

PoetsOur featured poets are acting San Francisco Poet Laureate Alejandro Murguía and Mayda del Valle, cast member of the Tony Award-winning Def Poetry Jam on Broadway. Also featured on the main stage will be Antonieta Villamil, Luivette Resto, Catalina Maravilla, Alejandro Molina, Dan Hernandez, and Jessieca Cervantes.

Our Poetry Booth will feature intimate readings and workshops by Jesse Bliss, Dez Hope, Kenji Liu, Daniel Olivas, Yumi Sakugawa, Nicky Sa-eun Schildkraut, Vickie Vertiz, and In the Words of Womyn. Poesía para la gente will be on-site penning poems on demand, and Writ Large Press will be running a PUBLISH! booth where you can experiment with publishing.

San Fernando Valley artist and muralist Rah Azul will facilitate an interactive mural activity while Kristy Sandoval and other local artists will create live art on-site. Other festival attractions include Mercado Pochtecayotl, offering hand-crafted items, food and refreshments from Pollo Pelón, informational booths presented by various community resources, and a Children’s Corner featuring face painting, a Son Jarocho lesson, and arts & crafts activities for our younger guests.


Read the San Fernando Sun’s article, This Weekend at Ritchie Valens Park Will Rock At Celebrating Words Festival, to learn more about our Edutainment lineup.

For more information about the festival, please visit our website and Facebook page.

See you all Saturday!