Sponge diver Taso Karistinos, Florida Folk Heritage Award winner, is one of several special guests scheduled to appear at the Gulf Coast Folklife Festival Oct. 6 on the Sponge Docks in Tarpon Springs.
TARPON SPRINGS - On Sunday, Oct. 6, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., the city of Tarpon Springs presents the Gulf Coast Folklife Festival, featuring many of the finest performing and visual folk artists from throughout Florida.
In celebration of Viva Florida 500, festival offerings will include many Latin American artists. The eclectic array of music and dance performances is scheduled from 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Artists will create traditional textiles, instruments, ritual arts, costumes, and more from 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
The event, on the Sponge Docks on Dodecanese Boulevard between Athens and Hope streets, ends with a street dance to the entrancing rhythms of tropical Latin music by Tampa’s own Orquesta Infinidad.
Among the participants will be National Heritage Fellows Ezequiel Torres (Afro-Cuban drumming and dance), Nicholas Toth (sponge diving helmets), as well as Florida Folk Heritage Award winners Aida Etchegoyen (Puerto Rican bobbin lace), Michael Berg (duck decoys), Henry Ohumukini (Hawaiian chants, instrument making, crafts) and Taso Karistinos (sponge diving).
Other master folk artists and groups include Concepcion Tharin (Maya weaving), Lily Carrasquillo (Puerto Rican vejigante masks), David Peñaflor (pre-Columbian Mexican Indian instruments), Trio Amistad Huasteco, Lanzo Family Bomba y Plena Group, Grupo Mahetsi, and many more.
The stage schedule is as follows:
11:30 a.m. to noon - Bouzouki Orquestra
Noon to 12:30 p.m. - Ballet Folklorico de Bomba y Plena Lanzo
4:15 to 4:45 p.m. - Halau Na Hui Inua 'Imi Na'auao-Hawaiian dance & music
4:45 to 5:15 p.m. - Ballet Folklorico de Bomba y Plena Lanzo
5:15 to 6 p.m. - Amistad Huasteco-Mexican music from the Huasteco region
6 to 6:45 p.m. - Latin dance workshop-Jairo Garcia
6:45 to 8 p.m. - Orquesta Infinidad The Gulf Coast Folklife Festival is supported in part by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts/Folk & Traditional Arts Program and the Florida Humanities Council.