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Tuesday, December 7, 2021

Long Beach’s Aquarium of the Pacific to host the 20th annual Baja Splash Festival this weekend

The Aquarium of the Pacific Officials decided early in its history that the institution should celebrate the diverse cultures here and connect with the diverse Long Beach population.

Add to that Pacific Ocean-focused aquarium exhibits, including its Southern California/Baja Gallery, and it’s no surprise that the first cultural festival to host an aquarium was the Baja Splash Festival. And 20 years later, that festival remains a calendar highlight.

The two-day festival is scheduled for this weekend and will celebrate cultures in Mexico and the countries of Central and South America. The event will include music, dance, handcrafted booths and bilingual environmental education programmes.

Over the years, participation has grown to the point that this time there will be two performance areas: the Honda Pacific Vision Theatre; and Honda Blue Cavern at the end of the main hall, in front of the aquarium’s tallest exhibit.

“Baja Splash was the beginning of the Aquarium’s 20-year history in connecting with communities from different cultures so that we can build long-lasting relationships together and amplify community voices,” said Pacific Director of Public Relations and Baja’s Marilyn Padilla, the organizer of the Aquarium Splash festival, said in an email.

Padilla called it an honor to be able to work with a variety of people and institutions over the past two decades and to “celebrate the beauty and diversity of cultures from Mexico and Central and South America.”

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One of the people associated with Baja Splash since its inception is Martin Espino, a musician and teaching artist for over 50 years. Espino, who has presented interactive programs at every Baja Splash Festival to date, will receive the Heritage Award for his efforts on Saturday, October 2.

Other groups that have been involved with the festival since its inception include Danza Azteca Cultural Cetzaliztli and Folklorico del Mar.

The festival will include a Little Ocean Explorers program at the Aquarium’s Ocean Theater and a bilingual seaweed-themed “Loteria” game with prizes tied to the Aquarium’s Seafood for the Future program, scheduled for Saturdays at 3:40 p.m. is defined. Stage.

The aquarium has all necessary COVID-19 compliance requirements including masks for those over the age of 2.

Capacity is limited and reservations are required.

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