Cultural festival offers COVID-19 vaccine clinic to help vaccinate Latinx community

Press release from Hola Carolina

Hola Carolina, in partnership with Mountain Area Health Education Center (MAHEC) and Vecinos, will offer COVID-19 vaccinations to festivalgoers who attend the Hola Asheville celebration on Saturday, June 19 in Pack Square Park.

Both the Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson vaccines will be available. Those ages 12 to 17 will receive the Pfizer vaccine. Festivalgoers who want to be tested and/or vaccinated can simply walk in. No appointments are needed.

Hola Asheville is Saturday, June 19 in Pack Square Park in downtown Asheville. This one-day event showcases the culture and contagious rhythms of Latin America through live music, dance, food, artisans, vendors and more. The family-friendly event runs from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. The event is free to the public.

Hola Asheville will feature something for everyone. Patrons can journey through over 20 represented countries and experience their people, music, art, food and culture.

Acclaimed Latin-tropical band Son Del Callao, with members from Peru, Columbia and the Dominican Republic, bring their multi-dimensional sound — a fusion of Latin and Afro-Caribbean grooves, blended with a variety of genres including salsa, cumbia, merengue, bachata and bolero — to the streets of downtown Asheville.

Wanda López, one of the young voices of Cuba, packs an abundance of multiculturalism and charisma into her exhilarating live performance, creating an experience that invites music fans to journey onto the dance floor or just get their groove on!

“Hola Carolina believes that every culture has a history and tradition to honor,” said Adriana Chavela, Hola Asheville organizer and executive director of Hola Carolina. “A world without art would be a world without a voice. By bringing diverse groups of people together, Hola Carolina nurtures shared learning and understanding — of both the value of individuals and the power of community.”

For more information, contact Adriana Chavela at (828) 989-2745 or visit Hola Carolina.

About Hola Carolina

Hola Carolina is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit serving Western North Carolina and Upstate South Carolina. The organization focuses on connecting cultures with communities and does that by providing accurate, non-biased news reporting in Spanish; connecting members of the Latinx community with resources and opportunities; and, partnering with nonprofits, higher education and private corporations to accomplish public health, economic development and human service initiatives within the Latinx community. Hola Carolina is committed to combating misinformation, promoting news literacy, sharing best practices and improving communication within the Spanish-speaking community. Through their incubator and mentoring programs, Hola Carolina is cultivating a new class of entrepreneurs and further strengthening the fabric of the region.

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