Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Cinco de Mayo to hit the Fox a day early

Photo courtesy of the Colorado Folk Arts Council

AURORA | Cinco de Mayo is coming to the Aurora Fox theater a day early.
The Colorado Folk Arts Council’s Cinco celebration will hit the Fox stage at 1 p.m. on May 4, and will feature music, storytelling and dance routines from a diverse troupe of performers. The event represents a local tradition of sorts — along with its yearly celebration of the Cinco de Mayo holiday, the Colorado Folk Arts Council has offered a rotating schedule of performances on the Fox stage.

Wednesday’s performance will cap the CFAC’s series of events for the 2010-11 year, a series that represented financial challenges for the organization. According to Renee Fajardo, a lead coordinator and artistic director of the series for the past 15 years, this year’s group of free concerts posed a particular challenge.
“The Colorado Folk Arts Council has always been an effort of love. There are no paid staff members, and everything has always been free of charge to the community and to the students,” Fajardo said in December. “We basically have kept this thing going on grants ... This year, funding is getting scarce everywhere. We found out pretty late in the season that half of the money we depend on was not going to be available to us.”
Despite shrinking resources, Fajardo has found support for the concert series in the form of volunteer interest and donated space and free technical assistance from the crew at the Fox.
Such support has kept celebrations like the Cinco de Mayo concert alive in Aurora. This year’s concert will feature appearances from the Denver-based Ballet Folklorico group Fiesta Colorado under the direction of Jeanette Trujillo and the Azteca dance groupo Huitzlipotchli under the direction of Raul Chavez. The free concert will start at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Aurora Fox theater, 9900 E. Colfax.
For more information call 720-329-0869.

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