Join us for a panel discussion with Cumbiatón Collective, followed by a DJ Set with DJ Funky and DJ Sizzle.
A virtual panel discussion with Cumbiaton collective DJ Sizzle, DJ Funky Caramelo, Julio Salgado, and Paolo Riveros. Exploring themes of collective memory, intergenerational music, and healing. Introduced by We Live! Memories of Resistance, co-curator Paulina Lara. Followed by an IG live DJ set with DJ Sizzle and DJ Funky Caramelo.
Founded by Dj Sizzle Fantastic and Normz la Oaxaqueña, Cumbiatón has rooted itself in the beautiful barrio of Boyle Heights, CA and has branched out to cities like San Francisco, Seattle, and New York. Cumbiaton’s vision in all 4 cities is to center womxn, trans, and queer people of color both on the dance floor and in the Dj booth. We center our collective experiences to create events by us, for us. We do this because of la Cumbia es Cultura.
Sizzle Fantastic is a DJ and event curator, born en la Costa de Guerrero, MX and raised in Boyle Heights, CA. Dj Sizzle Fantastic holds residencies all throughout Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, and New York. You can find her on Instagram and Soundcloud to say up to date with her shows.
DJ Funky Caramelo is a seed from Mexico City, harvested by the streets of LA. She's a queer femme who utilizes the stage as a way to equalize female-identified representation within nightlife event productions. Through her DJ sets, she aims to celebrate the music from artists of color, especially those who fall under the LGBTQIA spectrum. She’s the resident DJ at Cumbiatón along with leading marketing, press and promotion for the party.
Julio Salgado is the co-founder of DreamersAdrift.com and Migrant Storytelling in Pop Culture Manager at The Center for Cultural Power. His status as an undocumented, queer artivist has fueled the contents of his visual art, which depict key individuals and moments of the DREAM Act and migrant rights movement. Undocumented students and allies across the country have used Salgado’s artwork to call attention to the youth-led movement.
Paolo Riveros is a transgender, visual artist from Lima, Perú. He began his career through photography, documenting the Los Angeles nightlife, which later developed into photojournalism, covering social justice movements. Currently, he is the resident visual storyteller at Cumbiaton LA, documenting oppressed hood communities as they heal via music and dance.
Paulina Lara is an independent curator, writer and events producer based in Los Angeles, California. She has worked with museums, galleries, nightlife venues, and recurring parties across California, including LACMA, MOCA LA, UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, and Mustache Mondays. In 2019 she co-curated an exhibition Liberate the Bar! Queer Nightlife, Activism, and Spacemaking organized in collaboration with ONE Archives at USC Libraries. She holds a BA in Art History, Theory, and Criticism and Ethnic Studies from UC San Diego.
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This program is made possible by the Remsen Bird Fund and the Arts and Urban Experience Initiative, which is generously funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.