Hispanic Culture is evident throughout New Mexico. You can see its influence everywhere, from our city name and the names of many of our streets, to the amazing adobe architecture, along with our art, dance, and music scenes. Nearly half of New Mexico’s population is of Hispanic or Latino decent, which makes Hispanic Culture a living breathing part of our state. The Hispanic culture traces its roots back to the Spanish settlers, and immigrants from Mexico, and other immigrants from throughout Latin America continue to contribute to and grow the Hispanic and Latino culture here in the city.
There are also a number of annual events in the city that celebrate Hispanic Culture, but perhaps none brings together Latin music and dance better than Festival Flamenco International. This festival celebrates flamenco, the ancient form of artistic expression of the Spanish-Gypsy culture. The intense dance explores a full range of human emotion that leaves audiences captivated. The world’s most talented flamenco performers have been coming to entertain Albuquerque audiences at this annual festival for the past 30 years.
The National Hispanic Cultural Center (NHCC) is the best place in Albuquerque to learn more about Hispanic heritage in Albuquerque and New Mexico. There are a number of exhibits, programs, and performances that happen monthly to showcase and educate everyone on our culture.
Spanning three stages, the NHCC’s Performing Arts Program brings international, national and local artists to perform everything from contemporary to traditional music, dance and theatre.