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‘Jalisco Week’ celebration in Evanston

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The City of Evanston and Fedejal, the Federation of Hometown Associations from the State of Jalisco, Mexico, will celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with a free event in Evanston.

As one of the Illinois stops for “Jalisco Week,” Evanston will host the Mariachi group Mexico Vive; folkloric and contemporary dance troupes and artisans straight from Jalisco.

The event takes place from 5:30 to 9 p.m.on Thursday, Aug. 30, at the Levy Senior Center, 300 Dodge Ave.

The mariachi group that will perform in Evanston, captured in an amateur video on their visit to the Shanghai World Expo.

Over a dozen artisans from Jalisco will be displaying and demonstrating their crafts at the Evanston event — including producers of textiles, wood crafts, ceramics, leather, pottery and indigenous art objects.

From Sunday,  Aug. 26, to Sunday, Sept. 2, Fedejal will tour several cities in Illinois to celebrate their culture and traditions in honor of “Jalisco Week,” which commemorates the anniversary of the founding of Fedejal. Other stops on the "Jalisco Week" itinerary include Chicago, Aurora, Cicero, Melrose Park, Round Lake Beach and Joliet. This year will mark the first ever visit to Evanston.

“Fedejal appreciates the work done by the Club Pro Works Juanacatlán to bring 'Jalisco Week' to the City of Evanston,” said Fedejal President Sergio Suarez. "We appreciate the support of the City of Evanston and, of course, we are grateful to Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl for opening the doors of Evanston to Fedejal. This will be a great opportunity for Evanston residents to live, share and celebrate the cultural traditions of Jalisco and Mexico.”

Fedejal builds bridges between the U.S. and the Mexican State of Jalisco. Fedejal aspires to a global society that embraces diversity of cultures and shares a commitment to ensure that all people who want to work, contribute to their communities and seek a better life for themselves and their families have the opportunity to do so in an environment of dignity and respect.

For more information about Fedejal, visit www.fedejal.org or call 708-938-5123.

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