Downtown Santa Ana’s third annual Boca de Oro (“Mouth of Gold”) festival of readings, literary workshops and live music at twenty hosting venues begins at noon with keynote speaker Justin Torres, whose debut novel We the Animals won wide acclaim. It concludes four dozen sessions and nine hours later with a concert by Banda Magda, whose multilingual music is sung by a multi-talented Greek chanteuse with Latin attitude. Bookish topics include political poetry, Mexican culture, human trafficking, alternative history, and journaling with special sessions by and for students. Authors available to sign books, for sale of course. Starts at Orange County Center for Contemporary Art.
Boca De Oro Festival of Literary Arts & Culture will return for its third year bringing a massive day of free workshops, panel discussions, author talks and performances in Downtown Santa Ana.
This year’s Keynote Speaker is Puerto Rican American Author Justin Torres with his book and now film, We Are Animals. 1888 will host a workshop, “Why We Write.” The finale of Boca de Oro is a showcase of amazing performances by the Poetic Reform Party and an electrifying performance by Banda Magda, brought to us by Santa Ana Sites.
Boca de Oro also features Almas Sonadoras: Youth Elevating the Arts, a spectacular visual and performing arts component created in collaboration between Downtown Santa Ana and the Santa Ana Unified School District (SAUSD). The celebration features more than 500 SAUSD students, teachers and faculty showcasing local young talent and the district’s innovative and inspiring arts education programs. The highlight will include readings by the finalists from SAUSD’s first annual 2019 #LITCON a Literary Arts Competition within the district’s intermediate and high schools. The winners will perform at Boca de Oro festival.
All events are free and open to the public.