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36 years of Fiesta del Tlaquepaque

Photo courtesy Tlaquepaque<br>
Dancers at Fiesta del Tlaquepaque.

Photo courtesy Tlaquepaque<br> Dancers at Fiesta del Tlaquepaque.

It's free, it's great fun, it's Fiesta del Tlaquepaque, and everyone is invited, Saturday, Sept. 12, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free shuttle service is also available from Uptown Sedona.

For the past 35 years Tlaquepaque Arts & Crafts Village has celebrated Mexican Independence Day by transforming the village into a blur of colors, sounds and smells. Thrilling Flamenco dancing, highly entertaining traditional folk songs, music from South of the Border and fabulous food contribute to making this a more-than-memorable event for folks of all ages. Kids get to hang out in the Kid Zone, one of the most popular areas during Fiesta. It's is all part of a full day of entertainment for the whole family.

And this year selected world class Tlaquepaque galleries are featuring some of the regions greatest artists. Look for their creative demonstrations and a chance to meet the artists.

"Year after year visitors from far and wide return to see the Mexican folk dancers, Ballet Amistad Folklorico. Dozens of children and adults perform perfectly synchronized dances in their brilliantly colorful costumes," reports Wendy Lippman, Tlaquepaque general manager. "And be sure to catch the crowd favorite, Mosaico Flamenco who have been coming here for years. This troupe loves to perform and you can really feel the joy they express when they do." Mosaico presents the musical mastery and influences of Spain and South America to thunderous applause after every number.

New his year, visitors will be entranced by Spanish guitarist Miguel de Maria with his expansive repertoire of music from Spain and South of the Border. He astounds audiences as he intricately, and with great bravado, plays both melody and accompaniment simultaneously.

And if you love classical flamenco guitar and are curious how it might sound infused with masterful jazz riffs, then do not miss Flamenco Fusion guitarist Greg Reiter, performing solo and with members of his band. Reiter has devoted 35 years to mastering Flamenco/Classical Guitar and says that "Flamenco guitar is a form that I believe to be the most powerful to convey emotions."

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