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Theater group hosting festival in Brentwood

A theater company whose aim is to create social change through art is hosting the Brentwood Cultural Street Festival on Sunday from noon to 6 p.m.

“It’s important to mobilize the community around arts,” said Margarita Espada, founder of Teatro Experimental Yerbabruja.

The group organized the event with help from the Town of Islip, Assemb. Philip Ramos (D-Brentwood) and Legis. Ricardo Montano (D-Central Islip), Espada said.

It will be held on Suffolk Avenue between Washington and Monroe avenues.

“We want to balance all the different groups from different cultural backgrounds to celebrate diversity,” Espada said, adding that Haitian, Latino, and folk bands will perform.

The day will also feature outside art galleries, children’s activities and presentations by several nonprofits, she said.

Teatro Experimental Yerbabruja created and performed “What Killed Marcelo Lucero?” a play about the 2008 murder of the Ecuadorean immigrant in Patchogue by a group of youths.


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