(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 propósito y sobre la necesidad de entregar espacios de expresión abierta para la comunidad del Sur de Los Angeles.
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.
— Assemblymember Anthony Rendon
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