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The Calle Ocho Music Festival will go on…Virtually!

Calle Ocho Live - The Calle Ocho Music Festival will go on…Virtually!

Set your calendars for October 4, when the Calle Ocho Music festival, now known as Calle Ocho Live, will be streamed virtually for free

After the cancellation of the Calle Ocho Music Festival in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Latino community in Little Havana was disappointed. Now, the organizers of Carnaval Miami, Kiwanis Club of Little Havana, have collaborated with Manny Ruiz, the creator of Altisimo Live and Hispanicize and Ralph Paniagua, creator of Atlantino, to bring the festival to your homes. 

Set to stream on Sunday, Oct. 4, Calle Ocho Live will be a youthful, inclusive, and diverse show that celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month through Latin music and pop culture. The three-hour live stream will include interactive experiences to win prizes as well as pre-recorded performances from music artists, entertainers, comedians, and social media influencers. 

“In these difficult times, and especially during Hispanic Heritage Month, we need a magical Calle Ocho Live to uplift the Latino community,”.

President of the Kiwanis Club of Little Havana and Carnaval Miami, Jorge Fernandez. 

Kiwanis of Little Havana is dedicated to serving children in their communities by giving back to thousands of underserved families each year. This aspect of the organization is what lead them to team up to create Calle Ocho Live

“With Calle Ocho Live, the Kiwanis will not only help the families we serve but also showcase our festival’s 43-year pivot into a live-streamed and nationally broadcast show that is more diverse, inclusive, and youthful than ever before,”. 

Jorge Fernandez

The families served by Kiwanis can expect to have their stories highlighted during the broadcast. In addition, Kiwanis will be using this live stream as an opportunity to raise money for South Florida families who are in need of things like college scholarships, emergency financial assistance, holiday gifts, and any other support during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The live stream will be available on YouTube, Facebook Live, Twitter, Periscope, and Twitch. The show is completely free, but viewers are encouraged to donate $8 or more prior to or during the festival to the Kiwanis Foundation. 

Ruiz believes that the virtual festival will elevate the platform and bring back the nostalgic past of the Calle Ocho Music Festival. 

For more information, visit the Calle Ocho Live Instagram page. 

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