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10 Facts You Didn’t Know About el Español

October 12th celebrates Spanish Language Day – a day highlighting the importance of the Spanish Language. Started by the United Nations in 2010, we couldn’t agree more with the reason for its creation, with an “aim to promote and support initiatives that promote multiculturalism and multilingualism.” At IBA we want …

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Hispanic Heritage Month: Keeping Culture Alive

We live in a country that thrives on diversity. Where a mixture of backgrounds supports our development as a nation, whether our ancestors have been here for generations or if we are the first generation of Americans, we integrate our roots into our daily lives and share our culture with …

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Language into a Beat: An Interview with Henry Cole

We’re excited to host this world renowned percussionist who is transforming the music scene: Henry Cole, a Puerto Rican native, alongside the Villa Locura, combines a variety of musical styles to create an entirely unique genre. His fusion of beats – from salsa, to folklore, to funk, to R&B, to …

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Keeping the Community Alive: Boston’s First Latinx LGBTQ Film Festival

With constant efforts to expand the arts and infuse diversity into the various neighborhoods of Boston, we have partnered with The Theater Offensive to highlight the Latino LGBT community and present Boston’s first Latinx LGBTQ Film Festival. “I’m very excited about this collaboration with IBA and The Theater Offensive; there’s …

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Relive the Excitement: Festival Betances 2016 Recap

For the past 48 years, Festival Betances has brought together the Latino communities of Boston and beyond for a three-day event. This celebration of culture and customs occurs once a year in mid July with the hope of bringing friends and family together in a welcoming environment. Those that are …

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Finding Beauty Everywhere: An Interview with Ricardo Maldonado

On Friday night, July 8th, at Villa Victoria Center for the Arts, Ricardo Maldonado opened his show “De Aquí y de Allá” to the public. He is an artist originally from Spain who has been in Boston for many years. With bold, contrasting colors and images of familiar scenes in …

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Another Betances Reveal: Sunday’s Main Act

The last day of Festival Betances, Sunday July 17th, we will be presenting a salsa band from New York, made up of 8 musicians, that live up to their name 8 y Más (8 and More), with their music they fill the stage and sound as if a full orchestra …

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Another Big Reveal! Interview with Festival Betances Main Saturday Act

Jesus Pagán is a Puerto Rican singer who has always felt close the salsa genre. Throughout his career which started in 1998, he has been part of the chorus or percussionist for some of the greatest of salsa, the likes of Rubén Blades. He decided to branch off on his …

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Exclusive Interview: Our First Betances Reveal

Edgardo Zayas wasn’t always a Bohemia singer, he discovered his vocation while serving in the military when he was 30 years old. “There I started to feel that melancholy that accompanies the earth, that goes with listening to music. I discovered the content of “borincana” music, and ever since then …

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A Big Day Promoting Education and the Arts

Last Friday was an important day for our organization with two different celebrations: one for our little ones and their successful completion of the Afterschool Learning Program, and the other to mark the opening of a special exhibit, “Emerging Latino Artists,” featuring local Latino artists who are making significant contributions …

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