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Mariela Parra, President of the Hispanic Arts Society

This is a real joy, an honour, and a tremendous responsibility to preside over the Hispanic Arts Society. An organization that for 34 years has impacted Canada’s – and the world’s – Hispanic artists.

I am very excited to be part of an exceptional team at the Society that includes our dedicated board, executive team, staff, and volunteers.

Since the Society’s inception in 1987, the executive board has worked towards the presentation of major productions such as the Hispanic festival “EXPO LATINO”, Calgary’s Hottest Outdoor Festival, and Western Canada’s Largest Latin Festival.

Due to the pandemic, we decided to cancel last year’s festival and explore the live stream option which was a success.

This year marks the 25th year of the Festival. The first Expo Latino Festival commenced 25 years ago in the month of August! To honour this milestone we will celebrate it BIG at the B!G ART Drive-In. 

This is a FREE and family-friendly outdoor event. It’s using a hybrid of virtual and in-person delivery to make sure everybody can enjoy the shows and concerts

This event is possible thanks to our sponsors and collaborators: the City of Calgary, Calgary Arts Development, and Rise UP Calgary. We are grateful to have such support. 

I hope you will come and enjoy the 25th Expo Latino Festival celebration!  

Mariela Parra
President & Artistic Director 





The Society is based out of Calgary, Alberta, Canada. We incorporated on June 26, 1987 as a non profit society and since then we have and continue to stage with tremendous success. Our primary Mandate and Objectives are:

  • To promote cultural exchanges among different Artists who perform Hispanic Music, Dance, Performing, and Visual Arts.
  • To advance and promote the Hispanic community for the public benefit.
  • To bring the public’s attention to the unique characteristics of the Hispanic Arts Community,
  • To enhance Arts Community and to increase Canada’s access to artistic experiences.



Our basic foundation values, the values upon which all we do is based:

  • Respect for people
  • Respect for culture
  • Integrity
  • Appreciation for diversity






The annual Expo Latino Festival in Calgary celebrates the diverse culture and heritage of city’s diverse Latino population. The three-day event features folkloric and contemporary dance and musical performances, authentic mouth-watering cuisine from Ibero-american countries, traditional arts and crafts and hands-on children’s activities and inflatables.

Contact Us

Hispanic Arts Society

1515 Centre St S, Calgary, AB T2G 2E6 | Tel: (403) 271-2744

Mailing Address

240-70 Shawville Bvd. SE, Calgary, AB T2Y 2Z3