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Gloria Estefan, Camilo, and Jessi Uribe join the Calle Ocho festival

Calle Ocho Live

New artists have joined the roster for Calle Ocho Live the virtual festival that is happening on October 4 replacing the original Calle Ocho Festival

Calle Ocho Live que reemplasara which will replace the original Calle Ocho Festival is set to stream on Sunday, October 4 with a roster that continues to grow. Recently confirming their performances are artists like Gloria Estefan, Camilo, Jesse Uribe, Jorge Celedón, and Bobby Pulido. These artists are joining the previously announced performances by artists like Ivy Queen, who is performing a virtual duet alongside the late Celia Cruz and Tito Puente Jr., who will be doing the same with his deceased father Tito Puente.

Creators of the Calle Ocho Festival aimed to build a roster that represented different nationalities and music genres that honor the Latino heritage during Hispanic Heritage Month. Some of the sponsors that helped make this happen were Heineken, Nickelodeon, Café Bustelo, Florida Dairy Farmers, and more. 

"Through Calle Ocho Live, we not only strive to make things right for the families we serve through the Kiwanis Foundation of Little Havana, but also through the way we reflect the evolution of Latinos in the United States”.

Jorge Fernández President of the Kiwanis Club of Little Havana

When the Calle Ocho Festival was cancelled at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the organizers of Carnaval Miami, the Kiwanis Club of Little Havana, understood that this was to ensure the continued safety of Miami residents and performing artists. Now, with a list of various artists and performers, they have made it possible for the festival to go on right in the comfort of your homes.

Fernandez emphasizes that Kiwanis has created the online festival due to the festival’s ability to highlight the stories of the families of the Kiwanis Foundation of Little Havana. The organization is a non-profit that is dedicated to helping underserved families through programs that provide college scholarships, back-to-school assistance, summer camps at no cost, financial aid, and more.

In support of this mission, while the virtual Calle Ocho Festival is free to attend, viewers will be given the opportunity to donate $8 or more to the foundation prior to or during the festival. Visit this website to donate. 

The three-hour long event features artists, entertainers, comedians and influencers. Viewers will have the opportunity to be interactive during the show either by winning prizes or getting featured on the livestream. For a chance to win prizes at the festival and be a part of the “premium edition,” viewers can fill out a simple registration form on the festival’s website.

Viewers can watch the festival for free via live streams and digital broadcasts by the Spanish Broadcasting System, People en Espanol, BronxNet, and many other platforms.

For more information about the festival, visit the above website or Carnaval Miami’s Instagram page (@carnavalmiami).

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