WestFest at The Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center Combines Economic Development with Arts and Culture
Now in its third year, the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center’s annual neighborhood fiesta, WestFest continues to showcase the cultural and commercial vitality of the Guadalupe Street corridor with a night of live music, artisan craft vendors, a pop-up art gallery/gift shop, and a sidewalk café featuring the locally independent coffee roasters iL Bacio Coffeehouse.
Funded by the continued support of the Texas Commission on the Arts and USAA, both of whom have committed their support to the economic revitalization efforts of the Guadalupe Street corridor, WestFest will feature music by local Latin rhythm masters Volcán, hand-made wares by vendors who participate in the long running Hecho-A-Mano artisan craft fair, the opening of the Guadalupanita Café and Patio, the GCAC’s new pop-up gift shop & art gallery, and a side walk café featuring the locally roasted coffee beans of iL Bacio Coffeehouse owned and operated by San Antonio entrepreneur Manuel Jason Peña. In addition, this night of art and music will span three city blocks as the Galeria Guadalupe and new Progreso Community Gallery will both be open and active featuring the well received exhibits, The Other Side of the Alamo: Art Against the Myth and Common Currents 1868-1917.
A new element to this year’s WestFest will be the kick-off of a five month First Friday Arts & Culture Series running from April through August. Each month the Guadalupanita Café and Patio will showcase new artists, live performances, local cultural arts entrepreneurs, and plenty of food and fun.
“WestFest will showcase the major economic opportunity that lies in our Guadalupe St. corridor,” says executive director Cristina Ballí “it will activate the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center and surrounding area with an attainable vision that blends culture and commerce in an innovative, authentic and relevant way. Along with our friends the Avendia Guadalupe Association, the Esperanza Peace and Justice Center, The People’s Nite Market and others, our aim is to contribute to the ongoing economic revitalization efforts in a meaningful way.”
The event is free of charge with all sales going directly to the artists and vendors.
Live Music by Volcan
Volcán is a South Texas based Indie Latin project formed in late 2014. The group boasts a full rhythm section (comprised of drums, congas, bongos, timbales, andbass), a full brass section (comprised of trumpet, trombone, alto saxophone, and mellophone), a state champion accordionist, a prolific lead guitarist, and best-in-class vocals. Volcán is all original, opting never to use covers despite their dedication to bringing traditional cultural sounds to a new generation of Latinos.
Coffee provided by iL Bacio Coffeehouse
il Bacio Coffeehouse is an independently owned, local coffee truck, serving fresh-roasted specialty coffee imported from the greatest coffee regions in the world. For First Friday at the Guadalupe Theater, we’ll be featuring our highly regarded Texas Pecan, Myanmar and Sumatra roasts. Stop by for some great coffee and culture.