Luminaria is back! Though it was cancelled last year due to the pandemic, it’s returning this month and it’s more vibrant than ever. San Antonio native and actor Jesse Borrego is serving as the festival’s Honorary Curatorial Committee Chair, and the festival features more than 45 Texas artists and groups.
Borrego said “Luminaria is the brilliance of possibilities! It is an inclusive festival celebrating our roots, which captures a spiritual energy from our indigenous ancestors. Many cultured visions bring San Antonio life. Que Viva el Arte!”.
One of the most prominent contemporary arts festivals in South Texas, this nighttime celebration will be held on Saturday, Nov. 13 from 6:00 p.m. to midnight. Free and open to the public, Luminaria will be held across Hemisfair, Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center and the San Antonio River Walk. There will be plenty of outdoor space to socially distance while enjoying the art.
“Through the pandemic, the arts were there for us. The arts continue to help us heal and it is my hope and the hope of all the artists involved in this year’s Luminaria festival that we come together as a community to celebrate life and experience the joy and wonder that we come to expect from this event,” said Yadhira Lozano, Luminaria Executive Director.
More than 45 Texas artists and groups will showcase fine arts, film, digital art, dance, theater, fashion and poetry. The festival features local theater artists DeAnna Brown and Marisela Barrera; a poetry showcase led by Eddie Vega; fine art by Adrian De La Cruz, Kaldric Dow, and Symone Martinez; live music by Ila Minori, Heartless The Monster, Bombasta, Los Texmaniacs, Patricia Vonne and Pop Pistol; and large art installations by Breathe Collective, dadaLab, and Of the Serpent.
There will also be film screenings by Anna DeLuna, Guillermina Zabala, Ryan Takaba and Susi Lopera; a fashion show by Casa De Ojos; and a dance and drum performance by Urban-15. The art gallery will feature a tribute to late Chicano artist Adán Hernandez and a special appearance by living legend Flaco Jimenez.
Featured artists include:
Adán Hernandez Tribute
Adrian De La Cruz
Anna De Luna
Violeta De Leon Davila
American Indians in Texas
Ballet Folklorico Sol de San Antonio
Heartless The Monster
Los Texmaniacs feat. Flaco Jimenez
Mariachi Las Alteñas
Jesus Toro Martinez
David D. Peña
Jillian Sortore and Carlos Perez
Justin Parr and Adam Smolensky
Rob the Original
Of the Serpent
Casa De Ojos
Food and drink vendors will be on site. For more information or to make a donation, visit the website. Follow @luminariasa on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter — #LuminariaSA #Luminaria2021.