Celebrating a tenth year, the 2020 Celebrate Orgullo Festival will help us navigate out of, reflect on, and rise from an unimaginable global crisis, civil unrest, and social injustice. Recognized as Miami’s Hispanic and Indigenous festival for the last decade, Celebrate Orgullo will again explore how our UNITY IN DIVERSITY can inspire us – through Art, Society, Music, Rhythm, Crisis, Hope and Self-Expression. All are invited to participate, collaborate, and unite this October 1- 15, 2020 during Hispanic Heritage Month.
Unity Coalition|Coalición Unida is South Florida’s organization for Latinx|Hispanic LGBTQ communities since 2002, and is proud to produce the annual Celebrate ORGULLO Festival | South Florida’s first Hispanic and Indigenous LGBT Pride festival since 2011 – enters its 10th successful year with UNITY IN DIVERSITY | DIVERSIDAD EN UNIDAD – an International Artists Showcase; Diva Masks juried exhibit; Virtual Tours; Movie Nights; Spoken Word events, and much more… Across South Florida.
Unity Coalition is also proud to announce a COLLABORATIONwith Art of Change 21 | Since its creation in Paris in 2014, the perspective of COP21, Art of Change 21 highlights the role of artists and creativity, as accelerators of the ecological transition, and acts on an international scale. The Unity Coalition Celebrate ORGULLO Festival is proudly partnering with Art of Change 21. Since 2015, Maskbook project has taken global creative action on the link between health and the environment, using the protective mask as a symbol.
After air pollution, the Covid-19 pandemic is exposing this link on an unprecedented scale and galvanizing us into action. Art of Change 21 is launching the COVID-19 Maskbook campaign, to collectively create the largest international gallery of masked, creative, and committed engaged portraits on the theme of COVID-19.
The Unity Coalition has focused on a plight to showcase and celebrate [our] chosen families, identities, individualism, essence, and our “ORGULLO”. The country and our community are living during unpredictable, times but we must all carry the responsibility of moving forward and leading our communities out of this unimaginable crisis. With that said, the 2020 festival has put together an array of events, to serve this purpose.
LINE UP FOR 2020:
UNITY in DIVERSITY Virtual Forum | Thursday, Oct. 1st, 11am-1pm | Community Forum and Q&A with expert panelists, discussing the effects of this pandemic, and how we move on and reinvent our lives & interaction.
NIGHT of 1,000 (ish) VIRTUAL STARS | Friday, Oct 2nd, 7-10pm | Singers, Dancers, Artists, Performers, Musicians, Writers – all for Charity. SCHEDULED to PERFORM: Ballet folklórico JALISCO es DIVERSO, illusionist PARIS ZAVIASK, Mexico’s MUXES, performer TONY ENOS, singer EnVee, musician REGO, MAILYN SOULFREE, writer BENJAMIN GARCIA, harpist MATTHEW TUTSKY, singer ARIAS MARTIN, Latin GRAMMY winner Robbie Elias, performer RENE ROD, illusionists ADORA, PATENT PENDING & CC GLITZER, Ensemble folklórico COLIBRI, Miami Gay Men’s Chorus, the Voice’ KARINA IGLESIAS, singer RAVEN O, dancer LIONY GARCIA, singer YOVANNI, performance artist NICSKS, writers RICHARD BLANCO, CARIDAD MORO-GRONLIER, TERRY DYER, and many more. Virtual Presentation
EXPLORING OUR ANCESTORS LAND with HOUSTON CYPRESS | Sunday, Oct 4th, 2-4pm | Tour of Everglades & Miccosukee sacred land. Virtual Tour
BlackOUT Performances, Maskbook EXHIBIT & Celebrity Masks for CHARITY | Tuesday, Oct 6th, 7pm, ORGULLO Exclusive – Choreographer Randolph Ward produces Me gritan NEGRA (originally by Peruvian author Victoria Santa Cruz), with gender fluid Brazilian performer Natanael LEAL, exploring society’s challenge of femininity and skin color, but LEAL ultimately uses it as motivation to live beautiful, bold, & Unapologetic. Performance by VANESSA MONROE. Reading by Author TERRY DYER. Maskbook Global Exhibit & Celebrity Masks Auction: Wear your most creative (and protective) mask, and join us for some appropriately distant dancing, drinking, and partying – for our Maskbook Exhibit unveiling & Artists Reception, featuring CELEBRITY MASKS for AUCTION, benefiting the MicroGiving LGBT Hospitality Workers & Artists Fund and the Okra Project. FREE Virtual Event
SPOKEN WORD, JAZZ & EATS | Thursday, Oct 8th, 7-10pm | $40 | Enjoy great food for 2 – DELIVERED TO YOUR HOME – then sit back and enjoy authors RICHARD BLANCO, BENJAMIN GARCIA, JESUS CHAIREZ and MILS OCAMPO. Live Jazz by VON HENRY… then the virtual Maskbook Art Gallery!
FREE Virtual Event
DESCUBRIENDO NUESTRAS RAICES| DISCOVERING OUR ROOTS TOUR Saturday, Oct 10th, 2-4pm| Learn about the rich Culture of Colombia, Mexico and the Muxes- Dance, Music & Food. FREE Virtual Tour
THE MAKING OF A DANCE VIDEO with JOHN BUCKLEY | Sunday, Oct 11th, 2-4pm
See how Music Videos are Made, Styled Choreographed, and Filmed… and learn some dance steps, too! FREE Virtual Tour
ORGULLO DRIVE-IN Movie Night @ Dezerland Park, featuring Miami premier of TWO EYES (2020) | Wednesday, Oct 14th, 7pm |$40 per car
This event will also feature the LEGENDS AWARDS! Where exemplary individuals will be recognized for their ongoing efforts to make the community a better place including Durante Blase- Billie and Miik Martorell.
This year’s Celebrate ORGULLO Festival will directly benefit the MicroGiving Fund for the foundation’s LGBTQ Community and year-round Unity Coalition Programming & the OKRA Project as 100% of ALL PROFITS will go to these areas, respectively.
MICROGIVING FUNDis about Community Building, (Re)Start Up Support and Hope – not Handouts. Providing Funds and Mentorship for Business Start Ups, Continued Education and Life’s Unexpected Emergencies…our program has successfully given back to the community over $80,000 since its inception.