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San Antonio Actor Jesse Borrego Chairs Luminaria 2021


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:

Fine Art

Adán Hernandez Tribute
Adrian De La Cruz
Kaldric Dow
Symone Martinez


DeAnna Brown
Marisela Barrera


Anna De Luna
Guillermina Zabala
Ryan Takaba
Susi Lopera
Violeta De Leon Davila

Performance Art/Music

American Indians in Texas
Alyson Alonzo
Ballet Folklorico Sol de San Antonio
Heartless The Monster
Hotel Diplomats
Ila Minori
Jeremy Kingg
Los Texmaniacs feat. Flaco Jimenez
Mariachi Las Alteñas
Patricia Vonne
Paula Cortez
Pop Pistol


Eddie Vega

Music/Sound/Video Projection

Breathe Collective
Deanna Arriaga
Jesus Toro Martinez
Yuliya Lanina

Art Installations

David D. Peña
Gabi Magaly
Gabriel Garcia
Jillian Sortore and Carlos Perez
Jonathan Lenhardt
Jonathan Sims
Justin Parr and Adam Smolensky
Rob the Original
Nain Leon
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.

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