'WE ARE MELROSE Street Fair' is BACK! And we have a date: Saturday, June 11, 2022 ~ 12pm-5pm
After a two-year dormant period due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, Nos Quedamos is delighted to announce that its annual community-wide celebration, WE ARE MELROSE (WAM) Street Festival, is making a much-anticipated return on Saturday, June 11th from 12pm until 5pm! (observing all mandated and precautionary health & safety protocols, of course). This year’s theme is “Healing and Resiliency.”
The festival will take place at East 160th Street between Melrose & Elton Avenues, adjacent to Yolanda García Park (named after Nos Quedamos’ founder).
We will also be celebrating Nos Quedamos’ 29th anniversary!
WE ARE MELROSE (WAM) will showcase the best cultural ambassadors of the Bronx in a multitude of LIVE in-person entertainment genres from dancing, music, spoken word and poetry, performing arts and more in the heart of the South Bronx: MELROSE COMMONS. The event is a family-friendly gathering with lots for everyone to enjoy, including organized game-play, face-painting, give-aways and raffles. There will also be a dynamic story-telling session geared to uplift the spirits of the entire family, a cooking demo based on items traditionally harvested in regional community gardens, as well as numerous service providers who will be sharing a wealth of relevant and timely resources and valuable opportunities throughout the day from health to housing, and more (including give-aways).
2022 performances (lineup in formation) include: Mazarte Dance Company, Bombayo & Dr. Drum, and Chief Joseph Chatoyer Dance Company, among others.
One of the capstones of this festive and diverse multi-cultural celebration is Nos Quedamos’ annual HARVESTING CULTURE AWARDS that celebrate Community, Culture & Commitment.
These awards recognize the bountiful accomplishments of Bronx pioneers and stakeholders who have made positive contributions to the well-being and forward development of Melrose Commons and South Bronx. This year we recognize 8 dynamic, community-minded champions across a spectrum of vocations and commitments, including an emerging voice making an impact in regional journalism.