2013-04-16: “VivaTalks” – A Month Long Series of Community Conversations this May


¡VivaFest! 2013
22nd Annual San José Mexican Heritage & Mariachi Festival

In association with
The Mexican Consulate of San Jose

“VivaTalks” – A Month Long Series of Community Conversations this May

San José, California, April 16, 2013—¡VivaFest! — The 22nd Annual VivaFest, in partnership with the Mexican Consulate in San Jose, presents a series of community conversations taking place throughout San Jose in May and mid-June. The series will present in depth conversations on contemporary issues impacting the community with notable authors, journalists, scholars, artists and media executives. All events are free to the public.

A media reception will be held at the offices of the Consulate on May 3 to announce the series and the new partnership between MHC and the Mexican Consulate. A schedule of the “VivaTalks” events is attached.

What: Media Reception and Photo Op

Where: Mexican Consulate in San Jose, 2125 Zanker Road, San Jose, Ca. 95131

Doors open at 4 PM

Welcome by Consul General Carlos Ponce Martinez and Marcela Davison Aviles, CEO and Executive Producer, ¡VivaFest!

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About the Mexican Consulate in San Jose
Diplomatic mission representing the Government of Mexico in the counties of Santa Clara, Monterey, San Benito and Santa Cruz. It provides consular services to Mexican citizens and visa services to foreign nationals. Its mission is to carry out Mexico’s foreign policy, handling Mexico’s bilateral relationship with the Silicon Valley especially in the political, economic, and cultural fields. The Consulate also works to strengthen the expression of Mexico’s cultural identity as well as safeguard and guarantee its national interests and security.

About the Mexican Heritage Corporation
Now in its 22nd year, ¡VivaFest! is Northern California’s leading Latino cultural destination event. With a mission to affirm, celebrate and preserve the rich cultural heritage of the Mexican community and showcase multicultural arts within the region and nationally, MHC is a producer/presenter and developer of cultural events and content illuminating the US Latino experience. To learn more visit www.mhcviva.org or www.vivafest.wpengine.com


Ana Maria Osorio
Consul for Press and Cultural Affairs

Marcela Davidson-Aviles, CEO/Executive
Mexican Heritage Corporation

Maria F. Schabbing, President/CEO
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