University of Pittsburgh
February 25, 2010

Pitt to Present 30th Annual Latin American and Caribbean Festival March 27

Contact:  412-624-4147

PITTSBURGH-The Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS) at the University of Pittsburgh will be hosting the 30th Annual Latin American and Caribbean Festival on Saturday, March 27, in the William Pitt Union (WPU), 3959 Fifth Ave., Oakland, from noon to midnight.

Beginning at noon in the WPU Ballroom, the festival will feature food, crafts, and information vendors; music and dance performances will take place in the WPU's Assembly Room. From 10 p.m. to midnight, there will be dancing to the sounds of Latin American rhythms.

Since its inception, the festival has showcased the diverse Latin American and Caribbean cultures by combining the resources of CLAS with people of Latin American heritage. The growth of Pittsburgh's Latin American community has made the festival one of the largest gatherings of Latin Americans in Western Pennsylvania.

Mexican artist Armando Jiménez Aragón will be the festival's guest artist-demonstrating how he designs and creates "animalitos" (imaginative animal figures). He is the grandson of Manuel Hernandez, who created the renowned "alebrijes" (Oaxacan woodcarvings).

For more information, contact Luz Amanda Hank at or 412-648-7394.