BELatina’s Weekend Recap: Ruido Festival, Puerto Rico’s Power Outages, and More

BELatina’s Weekend Recap: Ruido Festival, Puerto Rico’s Blackouts, and More belatina latine

Good morning, everyone! It’s yet another Monday and there’s so much we need to share with you.

It was a fully charged weekend and we want to unpack it with all of you. From a few Latino-focused festivals to Puerto Rico’s continuous struggle with power outages, emotions are flying high this Monday morning. 

So, get ready to start off your day with news that should be on your radar. After all, there’s nothing better than being informed – because contrary to popular belief, ignorance is not bliss. 

The Puerto Rico Film Festival Continues to Thrive

Celebrating its 13th year, the Puerto Rico Film Festival welcomed back a series of emerging and established filmmakers. The festival showcased high-quality programming from August 17th to this past Sunday, August 21st. Hosted in Mayagüez, Puerto Rico, the festival presented its audience with breathtaking cinematography categories that ranged from international documentaries to international student short films. It also held several workshops hosted by industry leaders to encourage aspiring filmmakers. 

Don’t worry if you missed this year’s event, there’s always next year. If you’re a filmmaker, make sure to add a note to your calendar so you can submit your work for 2023!

Goyo, Doris Anahi, and Other Amazing Artists Performed at the Ruido Festival

Chicago has had some fun-filled days this month! It recently hosted music sensations Bad Bunny and Lady Gaga, leaving fans mesmerized by their performances. And the party continued with the Ruido Festival! Back for its fifth year, Ruido, which is Chicago’s ONLY Latin Alternative Music festival, did not miss a beat this weekend. Its stages were rocked by Goyo, Los Fabulosos Cadillacs, Doris Anahi, Manú, and more. Chicago is definitely living it up with all of these shows. 

Iowa’s Latino Festival Gave Latino Locals the Opportunity to Celebrate Their Heritage

BELatina’s Weekend Recap: Ruido Festival, Puerto Rico’s Blackouts, and More belatina latine

According to recent census data, Iowa is over 90 percent White. Nonetheless, there is a yearning for other demographics, such as the Latino community, to have spaces where they, too, can be celebrated. 

This is why Washington, Iowa held its annual eighth Latino Festival this weekend. Though the organizers usually aim to host the event during Hispanic Heritage Month, Latinos for Washington President and Co-founder, Sonia Leyva, decided they didn’t want to compete with other similar events around the state.

“It’s hard when you’re a small town competing with the capital … so we just wanted a different time, but also close enough to Hispanic Heritage Month,” she told The Southeast Iowa Union.

The Latino Festival featured Lucha Libre, music, authentic Latin cuisine, and even piñatas.

Latinas En Marcha Urged Floridians to Exercise Their Right to Vote


Primary elections in Florida are around the corner and getting people to the polls is of the utmost importance. Latinas En Marcha understands this all too well, so they made their way to Orlando, Florida.

Latinas En Marcha is a community by and for progressive Latinas in Florida; it is also a political power-building project by the renowned organization, Florida Rising. 

While in Orlando, Latinas En Marcha hosted a voting summit for the first time ever. Their efforts were based around inspiring women to vote. At the end of the day, the group went out to canvas with the hopes of encouraging others to vote. 

Puerto Ricans Protest in Front of La Fortaleza After Non-stop Blackouts 

Puerto Ricans have been experiencing more blackouts than usual. (Not that any amount of blackouts should be normalized.) People’s dissatisfaction continues to grow and many blame LUMA. As if things couldn’t get worse, the pediatric wing of Auxilio Mutuo, lost power during the night. David Begnaud tweeted how the hospital’s auxiliary generator was damaged due to the constant outages. 

Frustrated with the island situation, several Puerto Ricans gathered in front of the La Fortaleza – Puerto Rico’s capitol building – to protest. If there’s something we know is that Puerto Ricans know how to use their voice and are not afraid to get their demands in. Let’s not forget what happened during the summer of 2019. 

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