SELA Arts Festival at the L.A. River

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Artist Eric Contreras Promotes the SELA Arts Festival on Univision

(Los Angeles) - To help celebrate the cultures and communities that make up South East Los Angeles, artist Eric Contreras sat down with KMEX Univision to talk about the 2018 SELA Arts Festival and the importance of open spaces for the community to express themselves.

El artista y poeta Eric Contreras explica lo que el Festival de Artes SELA 2018 tiene como propĆ³sito y sobre la necesidad de entregar espacios de expresiĆ³n abierta para la comunidad del Sur de Los Angeles.

A Project to Revive Southeast L.A. by the River Draws a Line Between Development and Gentrification

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It’s a scorching hot, dry summer day in South Gate and the Los Angeles River is roaring with the kind of exuberant music-making perhaps not seen since the Tongva built life along the L.A. basin. More than 5,000 people are in attendance at the “first annual” SELA Art Festival to witness the likes of Buyepongo, Quetzal, The Altons, Culture Clash, and Weapons of Mass Creation.



The "SELA Arts Festival at The L.A. River" is a special event that highlights the arts and activities that make this region great! The L.A. River in the Southeast is underutilized, and festival organizers hope to recognize this unique area as a growing Arts District in California, and welcome everyone from the surrounding neighborhoods to come together to celebrate culture and community.

“I’ve advocated for restoring the L.A. River...for the river to become the vibrant space so many of us imagine.”

— Assemblymember Anthony Rendon

SELA Arts Festival at the L.A. River

2019 date TBA

Come celebrate the arts and culture of the Southeast with local artists, L.A. River stakeholders, and our community! Participants include SELA artists and vendors, L.A. River organizations and local food trucks. There will also be plenty of family-friendly activities, theater, dance, music and more!

In the L.A. River channel
5400 Monroe Ave.
South Gate, CA 90280
**No alcohol, no smoking and no glass allowed!

Bike, walk or drive to the site.
Parking available at Hollydale Park.