I cannot believe a year has gone by since the last LéaLA! My family and I visited last year and we had a lot of fun. My kids played lotería (Mexican bingo), listened to stories, and watched a very fun play by “A La Deriva Teatro” called “Romeo y Julieta para Niños,” I even made a small video of the play, check it out!
LéaLA, Feria del Libro en Español de Los Ángeles (The Español Book Fair of Los Angeles) is an annual event committed to extending culture and arts programs to the Latino community and seeks to encourage reading generally and Español-language books specifically. It is a cultural festival.
Here are the details:
May 11-13 10:00 am – 7:00 pm
Los Angeles Convention Center, South Hall K
FREE admission (except for evening concerts)
Last year, more than 36,000 guests, over 141 publishing houses, and 120 authors and academicians participated, and this year it is expected to be three times larger, can you imagine?
What I like about LéaLA is the variety of events, particularly those for children. I’m happy to see there will be even more theater this year: “Un tutu muy apretado” (A Too Tight Tutu) and “Martina y los hombres pájaro” (Martina and the Bird Men), as well as music for kids by the very popular singers and songwriters Jose Luis Orozco and Margarita Robleda. The storybook readings planned feature accomplished authors including Gabriela Olmos, Ignacio Padilla, and Monica Brozon.
In this second year, LeaLA will host the City of Guadalajara as the guest of honor and the literary program will include authors of international renown such as Sergio Ramirez, Paco Ignacio Taibo, Francisco Martin Moreno, Enrique Krauze, James Ellroy, Ernesto Cardenal, and pop culture icons like “El hijo del Santo“, Gaby Vargas, and television host Yordi Rosado, among others.
But that is not all!
There will be concerts each evening at the Nokia Theater, too (just a few steps away from the Convention Center). Here is the concert line up:
- Gloria Trevi on Thursday the 11th
- Los Tigres del Norte on Friday the 12th
- Calle 13, Illya Kuryaki and Los Valderramas on Sunday the 13th.
These concerts are not free, but tickets are now on sale and you cannot miss the opportunity to see these amazing artists!
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