Festival celebrating arts takes over Walton Avenue

Lincoln Center moved to the South Bronx with a five-hour block party on Walton Avenue Sunday.

It’s a 17-year tradition called La Casita and the festival opened with the beautiful Cuban music of Ellas Son.

Artists performed in front of a mural painted by Manny Vega in 2001.

“It’s about love. It’s about inspiration,” Vega said “It’s about being supportive to each other as artists and creating a home for ourselves as artists.”

Festival producer Claudia Norman  said Lincoln Center felt it was crucial to bring this to the Bronx.

“We believe that the culture and all these traditions are coming out of these neighborhoods,” she said.

The festival combines music, song, merchandise from local vendors and poetry.

Festival celebrating arts takes over Bronx street – New York’s PIX11 / WPIX-TV

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