Twenty Four years ago when the Colorado Folk Arts was asked by the offices of Original Aurora Renewal to host a monthly series of free cultural concerts at the historic Aurora Fox (9900 E. Colfax) they jumped at the opportunity. Today these cultural concerts have provided free programs for thousands of undeserved school children. Thanks to the generosity of the Aurora Fox Theater and a partnership with Metropolitan State University of Denver (MSU Denver) this unique folk arts experience continues.
Traditionally the series runs October through May of each year and offers once a month ethnic and folk arts programs free of charge to local schools and the community.
The debut this season will be, Wednesday, Oct 30 2019 at 12p.m. in honor of Native American Heritage Month and Dia de Los Muertos. The concert will feature Aztec Groupo Huitlzliopotchli, Native American storyteller Red Feather Woman and Mexican Folklorist Rita Wallace.
Cultural Concerts on Colfax 2019- 2020
Annual Cultural Concert Series
Schedule of Events Aurora Fox Cultural Concerts 2019-2020
21st Anniversary Cultural Concert Series 2019-2020
Wednesday, Oct 30, 2019
Dia De Los Muertos: Honoring Our Ancestors, Shane Franklin, Rita Wallace, and Huitzilopochtli Aztec Grupo-From Afro Cuba to Mexico-
Learn how our ancestors influence our modern day music. Experience different cultural traditions that honor our loved ones.Shane Franklin, better known by his stage name SF1 is an accomplished emcee, drummer, music producer, songwriter, dancer, and actor. Receiving many accolades, including three Westword Magazine Music Awards in the hip-hop category. His musical repertoire includes Afro-Cuban, Middle Eastern, pop and rock. Huitzilopochtli is a traditional Aztec “Mexica” dance group from Mexico lead by Capitan Raul Chavez who was one of the first elders to bring this tradition to Colorado. Rita Wallace, renowned Mexican folklorist, a Corn Mother and community leader will share her expertise through the art of oral storytelling.
Wednesday, DEC 11, 2019
Cleo Parker Robinson Dance “Granny Dances to a Holiday Drum”
A holiday tradition continues with “Granny Dances to a Holiday Drum,” Cleo Parker Robinson Dance’s annual holiday show. “Granny” showcases various winter traditions from around the world as she remembers all the dances she’s done in her days. Using dance, music and spoken word, Granny’s drum beats rhythms that reminds one of Christmas, African harvest, Hanukkah, the winter solstice and more.
Wednesday, January 22, 2020
A Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with Grand Design
Grand Design dedicates to preserving the performing arts of African Americans while being inclusive of other culture’s performing arts. One of Colorado’s oldest nonprofits, its vision is to raise awareness of African and African American public. They are deeply appreciated by the public through their performances, concerts, presentations, visual art exhibits and cultural awareness training for the benefit of the residents in Aurora and the Denver-Metropolitan area.
Wednesday, February 26, 2020
Mudra Dance a Celebration of Holi Festival
Mudra Dance Studio hosts a spectacular and breathtaking performance under the direction of Namita Kahn. This award winning troupe from India, celebrate the art of dance with classical, contemporary, and folk traditions from Gandhara India. A joyful and colorful performance. Mudra dancing refers to the expressive use of hands to convey emotions and artistic style. Each of the movements of the hand help to convey a specific experience for the viewer.
Wednesday, April 22, 2020
Primavera/Earth Day with Su Teatro
Su Teatro is one of Denver’s oldest multidisciplinary cultural arts center and live theaters. It has established a national reputation for homegrown productions that speak to the history and experience of Chicanos. Su Teatro will be present musical expression that dates back to 1800s in Northern New Mexico celebrating the art of spoken word, spring, planting season and the renewal of life
Wednesday, May 6, 2020
Cinco de Mayo with Fiesta Colorado, Aztec Dancers, Michael Paff, and German Ompah
Join us for our TWO SHOWS (10:30 AM-11:30 PM and 12:00-1 PM) CHOOSE ONE TIME Fiesta Colorado under the direction of Jeanette Trujillo is Colorado’s premier Ballet Folkloric Troupe. Having performed internationally and nationally this acclaimed dance group will illuminate the beauty and diversity of the Mexican dance experience. Afterwards, Aztec dancers Huitzilopochtli and Edelweiss German dancers will pay tribute to the many cultural faces of Mexico. Michel Paff is a Denver-local Afro-Cuban style drummer. He is well-recognized locally as well as nationally.
Annual Cultural Concert Series Aurora Fox
9900 E. Colfax Ave. Aurora, CO 80010
Tel: 303-739-2070 §
All shows begin at 12 p.m. and end at 1 p.m. unless otherwise indicated § All shows are free to the public!
Parties of 10 or more please RSVP §
For more information call 720-329-0869