#LaPlazaEsMéxico: The School of Arts and Culture at the Mexican Heritage Plaza (La Plaza) is excited to share that this year’s Chile, Mole, Pozole festival, on Sunday, September 12, 2021 a celebration of Mexican Independence Day, will be headlined by San José-based music group, Suenatron.
Chile, Mole, Pozole is La Plaza’s unique take on a traditional Mexican Independence Day celebration. Historically, Mexican Independence Day is on the night of September 15, opening with el Grito, the cry of independence, and followed by day-long festivities featuring delicious foods and lively parades. Through this event, La Plaza will bridge together the cherished traditions of México and the richly diverse cultures of East San José.
La Plaza’s annual Chile, Mole, Pozole festival offers fun for families of all generations to enjoy, such as salsa tasting, traditional mole and pozole dishes, live mariachi music, folklórico dance, a multicultural visual arts gallery, and a special “pop-up” market featuring local San José artists. This year, La Plaza partners with East San José’s own Veggielution Community Farm to supply the festival with locally sourced ingredients.
Chile, Mole, Pozole is the creation of the School of Arts and Culture, Kooltura Marketing, and Giant Creative Services. These partners will give our East San José neighbors an opportunity to share their stories through culinary and performing arts.
In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, La Plaza recognizes its responsibility to highlight East San José’s rich history with our community’s health and safety as a top priority. To aid in our reopening, we are closely monitoring the latest state and county COVID-19 guidelines to ensure community members are entering a safe space to sing, dance, and celebrate their cherished traditions and cultural heritage.
This event has been made possible by the generosity of the City of San José: Office of Cultural Affairs.
About the School of Arts and Culture at MHP
The School of Arts and Culture at MHP (SOAC) is a vibrant, cultural institution in East San José. Founded in 2011, the SOAC activates a vital local asset – the Mexican Heritage Plaza (La Plaza), a 6-acre, city-owned facility with an expansive plaza and theatre. Annually, La Plaza hosts over 70,000 people through its core programming. Its mission is to uplift East San José’s community’s heritage through authentic place making and relevant multicultural productions to catalyze creativity and empower community.
About Kooltura Marketing
Kooltura Marketing specializes in multicultural marketing, helping clients reach audiences of a specific ethnicity, culture, and subculture through grassroots approach strategy.
About Giant Creative Services
Giant Creative Services produces cultural and civic events to support the community. The group’s vision and leadership help public, private, and nonprofit clients transfer innovative ideas into successful results.
As the sons of immigrant parents and a legendary musical family, Suenatron’s mission is to create a genre of music that speaks to an often ignored audience, second-generation Americanos. By breaking away from the traditional through new flavors and sounds, Suenatron expects to target a market demographic of Latinos and other viewers that understand the nuances of being brought up in dual cultures.