Arts & Culture

“Poder Hispano” Hispanic Heritage Month event will be this Saturday in the Heights

Organizations representing Mexico, El Salvador, and Colombia will be participating in the event.

Vendors representing various countries will be in attendance.
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Vendors representing various countries will be in attendance.

A local non-profit is hosting a Hispanic Heritage Month event at MKT Heights on Saturday.

The event, which starts at noon, will be hosted by "Poder Hispano", an organization dedicated to cultural preservation and community engagement. This Saturday will be the second Hispanic Heritage Event the organization has hosted.

Carolina Arenas is the founder of Poder Hispano and the small business owner of Meraki Wayuu, which sells artisanal bags and accessories sourced from the Wayuu tribe located in Colombia. She said her work through her business inspired her to create Poder Hispano.

"Many of us maybe don't have the luxury of traveling abroad and haven't experienced other countries. And in joining a festival, you get to learn about other countries through the experience of music, trying food, talking to one another," she said.

Arenas said various other local businesses and organizations will represent different cultures from Latin America.

"From our sponsors and the support of the community, it shows us that it's something that is needed and that is wanted, so I see [Poder Hispano] growing from here," she said.

Houston fashion designer Chloe Dao, who has a boutique located at MKT Heights, will be participating in the event with a Latin-American-inspired fashion show.

"Her models will be representing Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean, and South America," Arenas said.

Others will provide music and dance opportunities. One organization, El Sistema Texas, is a Houston-based organization inspired by Venezuelan orchestras.

"They will be performing one or two classical songs that are of Latin American composers," Arenas said.

Organizations representing Mexico, El Salvador, and Colombia will be participating in the event. A report from the University of Houston’s Center for Mexican American Studies shows that in 2010, the top five countries of origin for Latino immigrants in Houston were Mexico, El Salvador, Honduras, Colombia, and Guatemala.

More information on the event can be found online.