“You, or your parents move to this special place, and you love the open spaces, the creative energy. But you also realize important things you left behind. When it comes to Chicanos (people of Mexican descent, born or raised in the U.S.), especially the younger kids, there can be a disconnect between their rich cultural heritage and no way to understand it, how it can fit in their lives and help develop their own possibilities. Your examples can’t just be negative portrayals when there is so much in your cultural roots that can ignite a passion.” These are the words of Rolo Castillo, legendary graphic artist, creative, innovator and impresario, who has curated an all-star cast to address his thoughtful concerns. The electrifying result is 2nd annual, month-long cultural tribute to Chicano/Lati no/Aztlan art, music, dance, theatre, film, comedy, and comida (vitt les), right here in good old Joshua Tree.
In cooperation with The Joshua Tree Retreat Center, HAY FESTIVAL! exceeded all expectations last year, earning immediate and enthusiastic support from locals of all backgrounds. Please save the dates and join us throughout November as we come together and celebrate Mexican culture.