ARENA: Noche Latinx (Hudson, NY) (2019)
“ARENA”, is a queer latin night, first introduced in Hudson, NY - the first of its kind in the town.
The inaugural “ARENA” (as in Spanish for “sand” and“stadium” or “stage”), brought together local food, music, an art auction, and performance made exclusively by latinos/x. “ARENA” functions as package that carved space out for the latin community of Hudson, all while also raising funds for a local, grassroots, non-profit organization,
The Columbia County Sanctuary Movement. “ARENA” will continue to function as active space for all latinos and their friends, both queer and not, to gather around a movement and celebrate a collective and multifaceted culture.
First ARENA included: food by Casa Latina (Hudson, NY), art by Elbert Perez (Hudson, NY), DJ sets by Pre Columbian (Philadelphia, PA) + DJ GASLIGHT (New York, NY), a live musical performance by Coqueta (New York, NY), and drag performances by Andramada and Showponii (New Paltz, NY) and myself. Contributions made by Lil Deb's Oasis, OutHudson, and Halfmoon Hudson.