CLAS@Pitt Event: Join us for our Virtual Latin American & Caribbean Festival (4/9)

CLAS@Pitt Event: Join us for our Virtual Latin American & Caribbean Festival (4/9)

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Virtual Latin American & Caribbean Festival
April 9, 2021

"Come join us and have a chance to win one of the prizes that will
be raffled through the day!"

(Participation is required)
You have a chance to win:
--Empanadas from Tango Truck
--Samba Lessons from Luciana Brussi Constantino
--CLAS Memorabilia 
--Mexico Lindo, Mercado y Galleria de Artesanias art
--Gift cards to La Palapa, Mexican Cuisine and Mezcal Bar

Scheduled Events

1:00 P.M. -- Alebrije Workshop
Due to the enthusiastic demand for the Alebrijes workshop, we no longer have kits available. However, everybody is still welcome to join the meeting and activity, albeit, without the materials required.

CLAS, and Mexico Lindo, are proud to present a live, virtual carvig demonstration and painting workshop with renowned Oaxacan artist, woodcarver Armando Jimenez and his wife, painter Antonia Jimenez Carillo. The workshop will be co-facilitated by Mexico Lindo’s owner, Mexican Folk-Art dealer Lisa DiGioia Nutini. For questions, email: 

4:00 P.M. -- The Americas Trivia

Show your knowledge about North America, Latin America & the Caribbean
To register, click "


6:30 P.M.
The Mole Agent Documentary Screening

(Spanish with English subtitles) 

Sergio's mission is to look after one client’s mother, who is at the facility. It's a job that the stoic 83-year-old will take on with his clear sense of pride, and compassion—if he can just figure out his iPhone first. "The Mole Agent" is an earnest look at old age, and a community full of people just like Sergio.

The day of the film, around 6:20 pm you will receive information about how to watch the film online.
To register, click "HERE"

SAVE the Date:
If the University of Pittsburgh and the City of Pittsburgh guidelines allow us to have a safe event, we plan to see you in person on October 2, 2021
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Special Thanks to Dr. Ruiess Van Fossen Bravo for generously supporting the Festival, and for her continuing support of all CLAS activities.

Your home is one of the biggest investments and Ella firmly believes in keeping the client informed and educated throughout the entire process of buying, selling, or investing.

She strives to remain in the forefront of the industry through education, technology, and personal involvement in our community. Ella is fluent in English & Spanish. 

The PHDC Business Incubator is a community development corporation with no geographic boundaries, focusing on racial equity in the Pittsburgh metropolitan area.

We are dedicated to improving the lives of Hispanics in the region, increasing the Hispanic population, supporting existing and new Hispanic businesses, and increasing Hispanic investment in the region


The goal of the project is to expand transnational, transregional, and interdisciplinary research, education, and programming the arenas of Afro-Latin American and Afro-Latinx studies. The intersections of race, ethnicity, and migration continue to shape contemporary societies through the complex confluence of blackness and identity in the Americas. 

The mission of the Small Business Development Center at the University of Pittsburgh is to grow the economy of Western Pennsylvania by providing entrepreneurs with the education, information and tools necessary to build successful businesses.

As a member of these networks, we are able to draw on a rich base to provide our clients with a comprehensive range of business services for every stage of development. No matter what the business or industry, SBDC’s highly-skilled consulting team has experience spanning the business lifecycle and are here to make sure that your business not only survives, but grows.
Spanish Language Consulting available. 

The mission of the Pittsburgh-Matanzas Sister Cities Partnership is: To strengthen the mutually beneficial partnership between Pittsburgh and Matanzas; to foster greater understanding and bilateral cooperation throughout Cuba and the United States.

We hope to foster understanding between individuals, government officials, community groups, organizations, educational, environmental, cultural, sports, business, and other institutions. 

Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences
Department of Hispanic Languages & Literatures
1309 Cathedral of Learning
4200 Fifth Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15260


Welcome, look, browse and enjoy a quick passage of our Argentinian food truck with delicious and authentic food items, all available with chimichurri sauce!

Mexico Lindo is run by Lisa DiGioia Nutini, a fine Mexican Folk Art dealer located in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood in Pittsburgh, PA.

You can find many different types of handmade objects, such as Oaxacan wood carvings, jewlery, ceramics, wooden masks and wall hangings, clothing, among other handicrafts in the store and online.

La Palapa was founded due to our passion for authentic Mexican cuisine, alongside our genuine love to serve others.

We feel enormous satisfaction whenever our clients are pleased with their experience with us. Food, in the end, in our own tradition, is something holy. It's not about nutrients and calories. It's about sharing. It's about honesty. It's about identity.


Luciana Brussi’s “Pittsburgh Samba Group” has been performing frequently throughout the Pittsburgh region since 2012. They perform often at various shows, festivals and private parties. The group performs choreographies but also enjoys dancing freestyle with Timbeleza (Pittsburgh’s high energy Batucada band).

They perform all forms of Brazilian dance: from Samba no pé in feathered headdresses to the more folkloric Carimbo style, Forró and more. They invite you to feel the samba beat and enjoy dancing along with them!


The Center for Latin American Studies at the University of Pittsburgh has celebrated Latin American and Caribbean cultures with a full-day festival on our Oakland campus since 1979. On Saturday, October 2, 2021, we will celebrate the 40th Annual Latin American & Caribbean Festival!

The event features well-known Latin American musicians, authentic artists and craft makers, delicious Latin American and Caribbean cuisine, traditional dance performances, and activities for children. Admission is free! The festival is the largest gathering of the Latin American and Latinx communities in Western Pennsylvania, attracting more than 3,000 students, community members, and local businesses.

We would love to have your organization or business serve as one of our sponsors! Being the 40th edition of the festival, we are expecting more participants than ever! Suggested levels of event sponsorship are as follows:

  • $250 Pitt Royal sponsorship (company name and logo included in our program and a complimentary table at the event)
  • $500 Pitt Gold sponsorship (company name, logo, and sponsorship level included in all of our event promotional materials and programming, and a complimentary table at the event)
  • $1,000+ Pitt Panther sponsorship (company name, logo, and sponsorship level included in all of our event promotional materials and programming, year-round publicity on our Festival webpage, a complimentary table at the event, and recognition throughout the event)

If you organization is able to support the Festival or if you would like to contribute in another way, or if you are interested in purchasing advertisement space in our program, please contact us.

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