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Hispanic culture, stars celebrated at Manhattan event

Univision host Carlos Calderon speaks onstage during the

Univision host Carlos Calderon speaks onstage during the Festival People en Español 2015 at the Jacob K. Javits Center in Manhattan on Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015. Credit: Getty Images / Brad Barket

The Festival People en Español came to New York City for the first time this weekend, highlighting Hispanic culture, dance, music and television personalities from across Latin America and the Caribbean at the Jacob K. Javits Center in Manhattan.

The two-day, free event -- "Your Voice, Your Power, Your Festival" -- celebrates Hispanic heritage month with Gloria and Emilio Estefan, who will kick off a naturalization ceremony Sunday where more than 100 immigrants will take their oath of American citizenship.

The Latin music-legend duo will also discuss their new Broadway musical, "On Your Feet!," in a panel discussion on Sunday. They will be followed by a host of entertainers that will include Rita Moreno and musical performers Angelica Maria and Angelica Vale.

Also performing Sunday is Cuban singer and composer Carlos Varela, whose award-winning documentary, "The Poet of Havana," will air on HBO Latino this month. Varela's 30-year career of music and political protest has been hailed on the island and in Miami's Cuban exile community.

Besides offering entertainment, the festival also recognizes the needs of the nation's growing Hispanic community with help attaining legal immigration status. Libre by Nexus is offering free legal advice from its 15 lawyers.

The three previous People en Español festivals were held in San Antonio.


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