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Celebrating Saint Sebastian

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Thursday Jan 19, 2017

Celebrating Saint Sebastian

The Theater Offensive and nquilinos Boricuas En Accion are presenting Boston's first-ever Saint Sebastian Festival. The festival brings Puerto Rican culture and flair to the South End, with a particular homage to Saint Sebastian's gender fluid nature.

The Theater Offensive, whose mission is to present the diversity of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer lives in art so bold it breaks through personal isolation, challenges the status quo and builds thriving communities, will present Boston's first-ever Saint Sebastian Festival (Festival de San Sebastian), full of folklore music & dancing, a community parade, "cabezudos" (giant dancing head puppets), theater, poetry, performance, artisan crafts, salsa music, and a live Saint Sebastian installation. The event will take place at Villa Victoria Center for the Arts, 85 West Newton St in Boston, on January 28, 2017 from 4-10pm.

All are welcome to celebrate this special day and learn about Puerto Rican cultural heritage traditions while honoring Saint Sebastian, one of the great icons of modern queer culture. And, of course, we'll have some fabulous performances you won't want to miss!

The event will commence with a Community Parade leaving from Villa Victoria Community Center to the Villa Victoria Center for the Arts. Following the processes ion, the day's activities will include Fabiola Mendez & Herencia Criolla, Tito Fuentes, Danza Organica, Miguel Almestica y sus Amigos Pleneros, Zayra Pola & her Salsa Orchestra and more!

Join TTO and IBA as they showcase the best of Puerto Rican culture that our community has to offer with food, a variety of artisanal vendors, live music, and reenactments of Saint Sebastian's figure. Just like the real festival attracts people from all over the world, we invite everyone to enjoy this colorful celebration!

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