Upcoming Water Festival taps into arts, culture

Upcoming Water Festival taps into arts, culture
Posted on 04/25/2019
Water Festival participants

Are you excited about water? El Paso Water is hosting a 2019 Water Festival and the only question you need to ask yourself is, “What do I want to experience first?”

Anai Padilla, Water Conservation/TecH2O Manager is thrilled about the activities planned for this year’s festival. This family-friendly event will showcase the wonders of water through the art and culture of our unique community.

“Unlike any festival we’ve hosted before, we’ll have music, dancing, award-winning short films on water, and arts and crafts for all ages,” Padilla said. “It’s truly a celebration of how water influences and enriches our lives.“

The Water Festival is generating quite the buzz online, and staff are expecting a record turn-out.

The event runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 27 at the TecH2O Learning Center.

Event Highlights

Ysleta Del Sur Pueblo The Ysleta Del Sur Pueblo will also showcase dances that celebrate our water culture.  “Over 25 community partners are joining us and will lead activities to include rain sticks, a fishing game, and scavenger hunts, said April Lopez, Water Conservation Specialist. “There will be plenty of giveaways, crafts and surprises throughout the day.”

The Ysleta Del Sur Pueblo will also showcase dances that celebrate our water culture. Visitors will have the opportunity to enjoy Mariachi and Folklorico performers.

Over 30 works of art from local students were submitted for a contest with the theme, “How Water Influences our Lives.” A winner will be announced at the event.

To inspire local filmmakers, winners from an annual state water-themed film contest will be in the TecH2O auditorium. “No one from El Paso has ever competed (in this film contest),” said Padilla. “I really want to share this with our community and encourage teachers to share this with their students. El Paso has talent that should be recognized.”

Importance of Water

El Paso’s history and culture are deeply connected to water, explains Padilla. The community was founded because of its proximity to the Rio Grande, a major water source to this day. The water festival is an opportunity to evoke emotions and remind our community of the value of water and protecting this precious resource.

“This is the reason why we are able to live here, build and thrive in the middle of the Chihuahuan desert,” said Lopez.

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