News from 2019-2020

Posted: February 24, 2020

APS and the NHCC Host Annual Festival de Bellas Artes

Tuesday-Friday, Feb. 25-28

More than 1,500 students are expected to participate this week in Albuquerque Public Schools’ 11th annual Festival de Bellas Artes, coming together to sing, dance, and take part in workshops and conversations on music, dance and culture.

Dance and music groups from 40 APS and charter elementary, middle and high schools will perform for each other at the National Hispanic Cultural Center. Students also will participate in workshops on a variety of topics, including Folklorico, African dance, urban dance, mariachi, Indigenous music and dance, merengue, cha-cha and salsa, Haitian dance, drumming, guitar and more.

Four days of performances, workshops, and sharing will culminate in three free public performances at the Hispanic Cultural Center:

  • Elementary schools will perform on Thursday, Feb. 27, beginning at 5 p.m.
  • Middle and high schools will perform at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 26, and 6 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 28. 

The Festival de Bellas Artes exists for students to express their cultures, grow pride in their ability to share through music and dance, and learn about other cultural art forms from other students and master teachers. Young people get to experience themselves as artists at varying stages of ability, from beginning elementary students exploring and experiencing this process for the first time to advanced musicians and dancers who are mastering their craft. Students engage in the creative process from exploration to inception to performance in a supportive and appreciative community of fellow students, teachers, and professional artists.

The annual festival is co-sponsored by the National Hispanic Cultural Center and Albuquerque Public Schools.