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Celebrate ORGULLO 2018 | South Florida’s first & only Hispanic LGBT Pride
festival - enters its 8th successful year with an International Artists
Showcase, Artists’ Studios Bus Tours Music, Writers Salons, A GALA and
much more.

Celebrate ORGULLO continues to showcase quality events, artists, performances &
programming to Miami’s first Hispanic LGBT Pride festival. For 2018, we are honoring
the life the Queen of Salsa – CELIA CRUZ, through Art, Music, Dance, Photography,
Film and Spoken Word.

Proceeds benefit our LGBT Scholarship Fund and year round programming of the
Unity Coalition|Coalicion Unida, Inc.

Unity Coalition|Coalición Unida is a Florida 501(c)3 non-profit whose focus is the
Leadership, Protection & Promotion of Latinx|Hispanic LGBTQ rights (lesbian, gay,
bisexual, transgender, questioning) - The only organization of its kind in South
Florida since 2002.

We are proud to present the Annual
Celebrate ORGULLO Festival which
highlights, celebrates and supports the contributions of the Hispanic LGBT

The observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President
Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to
cover the 30-day period from September 15 through October 15. The day of
September 15 is significant because it is the anniversary of independence for
Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and
Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days
on September 16 and September 18, respectively.
Celebrate ORGULLO 2018 | El primer y único festival hispano LGBT Pride del sur
de la Florida: entra en su octavo año exitoso, con una muestra internacional de
artistas, Viajes en omnibus a estudios de artistas,  musica y literatura, una GALA,
y mucho mas.

Celebrate ORGULLO continúa exhibiendo eventos de calidad, artistas, actuaciones y
programación en el primer festival hispano de Orgullo LGBT de Miami. Para el 2018,
estamos honrando la vida de la Reina de la Salsa - CELIA CRUZ, a través del Arte,
Música, Danza, Fotografía, el Cine y la Palabra Hablada.

Unity Coalition|Coalicion Unida es una organisacion sin fines de lucro de la Florida, con
enfoque en el Liderazgo, protección y promocion de los derechos civiles de la comunidad
latinx|hispanx LGBTQ (lesbianas, gay, bisexual, transgénero, cuestionando)
en el sur de la Florida desde el 2002.

Somos orgullosos de presentar el
Festival Celebrate ORGULLO, que celebra,
presenta  y respalda las contribuciones de la comunidad hispana LGBT.

La observación se inició en 1968 como la Semana de la Herencia Hispana durante la
presidencia de Lyndon Johnson y fue ampliado por el presidente Ronald Reagan en
1988 para cubrir un período de 30 días a partir del 15 de Septiembre hasta el 15 de
Octubre. El día 15 de Septiembre es importante porque es el aniversario de la
independencia de varios países de América Latina como Costa Rica, El Salvador,
Guatemala, Honduras y Nicaragua. Además, México y Chile celebran su independencia
el 16 y 18 de Septiembre, respectivamente.



is this years theme for our annual
GALA, benefiting UC|CU's LGBT

Open Bar, Hors d'oeuvres, Live Music
& Performances, and PREVIEW the
CELIA CRUZ Museum exhibit before
anyone in Miami at the American
Museum of the Cuban Diaspora.
ART IS A DRAG, and our annual
ART/DIVA BUS TOURS proves it, as
our Diva Hostesses entertain you on a
luxury bus, from one Artists Studio
stop to the next, giving you VIP
access to their space, work and
inspiration. Food, Music & Liquor is
also involved, so GET ON THE BUS
and have a great time!
- Local, National & International, our
juried Artists Showcase always
impresses. Don't miss the Artists
Reception Party...it's always the
place to be.

CELIA CRUZ Look Alike Contest -
ENTER NOW - win a chance at

For the 8th year, we will showcase
the best of local talent throughout
our festival, at various venues across
SoFla., and partner with our favorite
businesses for some really
memorable days and nights!
Be a part of ORGULLO!

Our event covers demographics in
every age category, orientation,
ethnic & economic bracket.
In partnership with ImpactOUT, the
LGBTQI+ Impact Lecture Series
Initiative is led by LYNARE ROBBINS.

ImpactOUT was established in 2018
to serve as an international human
rights program dedicated to working
on initiatives related to SOGIE
(Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity
and Expression) regionally,
nationally and internationally.
Celia the Queen is a feature length documentary film (78 minutes) that pays tribute to the work of a stellar performer who
brought the sound of salsa to the world--Celia Cruz.   Celia the Queen premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2008 and was
signed for distribution by Sony Entertainment. Subsequently the film has screened and aired throughout the world including
famed film festivals in Vancouver, London, Madrid and of course Miami.

The film project began in 1998 when two Cuban American filmmakers Mario de Varona and Joe Cardona sent Celia a proposal
for a film packaged in a 16 mm film can.  The two young directors never suspected the Salsa Queen would pay any mind to their
proposal and so it came as a surprise when two weeks after mailing the presentation they received a call from Celia's manager
informing them that Celia was impressed and wanted to meet. The two startled filmmakers could not get on a plane to New York
fast enough.  Once they met Celia the deal was immediately worked out and production began the fall of that year. The
completion of the documentary filmed by cinematographer Jose L. Vazquez did not take place until 2007---almost ten years in
the works.

Celia the Queen is an inspiring film that centers around fandom and the almost cult like following Celia Cruz has around the
world.  It is the story of a little girl from Havana who became an international sensation QUEEN. Fans from David Byrne, Quincy
Jones, Wyclef Jean to Andy Garcia weigh in on this fabulous woman's influence on their lives. The film portrays Celia as the
warm, strong, free spirit who adored her fans and thus in turn gained their adoration.  

Joe Cardona is a multiple Emmy winning film director who has produced 23 documentary films and two independent feature
films. 17 of his productions have aired nationally on the PBS network.
$20 per person ($25 at door)
VILLAIN THEATER, 5865 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33137

includes Movie, meet Joe Cardona with Q&A after viewing,
Complimentary RUM PUNCH drink, Cash bar.
Night of a Thousand CELIA's GALA
Friday, October 12th, 7-11pm
American Museum of Cuban Diaspora

$ 80 per person

$120 per couple (Save $40)

Be an ANGEL.
Buy one ticket for yourself, donate a
2nd for someone who cant afford it from our youth,
senior or trans community - for just $100.
Saturday, October 6th, 2-6pm
$40 per person |
Tour Little Haiti, Miami Beach &
Miami art exhibits, with local divas as on board
Tuesday, October 2nd, 7pm
$40 per person
- Incl. PrixFixe dinner @ the
ALLEY Bistro, Jazz with EnVee and select Poetry
ALL ACCESS GOLDEN TICKET  |  A $ 220 VALUE, for just $ 160

VIP ACCESS to all 2018 Celebrate ORGULLO Events

- DINNER, JAZZ Y POESIAS Night @ the BETSY | Tuesday, October 2nd, 7pm

- ART|DIVAS Bus Tour | Saturday, October 6th, 2-6pm

- ART|DIVAS Bus Tour | Sunday, October 7th, 2-6pm

- Celia the Queen MOVIE NIGHT | Tuesday, October 9th, 7pm

- Night of a Thousand CELIA's GALA |  Friday, October 12th, 7-11pm
for ONE | $160
for TWO | $300
Sunday, October 7th, 2-6pm
$40 per person |
Tour historic CAULEY SQUARE,
quaint architecture, Aviary, gift shops & artists
studios, with local divas as on board hostesses.
Celia the Queen MOVIE NIGHT
$20 per person | Tuesday, October 9th, 7pm
Emilio is from Valledupar Colombia, but brought his love of the arts to South Florida in 2002.

Aponte-Sierra was so committed to his craft and his community that when he graduated high school he earned a scholarship to
Magdalena University for acting. Instead of majoring in the arts, he chose to major in Fishing Engineering with a specialty in
environment planning.

He found his art mentor, Mary Luz Giraldo, while he was attending Magdalena University. She was the director of a private theater
company and admired Aponte-Sierra’’s attention to detail. Aponte-Sierra was able to perfect his craft in Papier-mâché, Sewing
and Origami, with her guidance. His body of work is created using three mediums: Paper Sculpture, Ink on Canvas and
Manipulated Photography.

“My undergraduate degree has labeled me as a Fishing Engineer and my Masters Degree is what allows me to navigate the
world of Guidance and Counseling, but art is at the center of my life and will continue to influence me and my work always”. –
Emilio Aponte-Sierra

“The colors and images create a texture that I love. The energy cannot be created in the same way using other mediums.
We need to use existing materials to transform and change our world into something beautiful. This is why I use
recyclables in my work”.

Not only was Emilio introduced to painting during his High School days at the National Loperena School-Valledupar, Colombia,
but it was at Magdalena University while working with a theater company called “Colectivo teatral para niños los muñecos”, and
under the artistic direction of Mary Luz Giraldo, when he fell in love with the use of paper and the creation of mask and
sculptures. The Artist has developed a unique method of weaving together pages from colorful magazines and news
publications. He also cuts, folds, interlaces, rolls and twists the recycled paper to create 3D art pieces. Each piece is presented
in an acrylic box.