‘Queen of the Carnival’ to Visit HPU as Part of Latin Heritage Month

HPU High Point University Queen of the Carnival Tarud

HPU High Point University Queen of the Carnival TarudHIGH POINT, N.C., Sept. 16, 2013 – High Point University is celebrating Latin Heritage Month in a unique way – by hosting Daniela Cepeda Tarud, the 2013 Queen of the Carnival, who will present a master lecture and performance at 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 21 in the Pauline Theatre of the Hayworth Fine Arts Center. The event is free and open to the public; tickets are not required.

In accordance with Latin Heritage Month, Cepeda Tarud will bring her tour, “Sígueme el Paso,” or “Follow my Footsteps,” to HPU. The tour explains the history, origins and evolution of dance in the Caribbean Carnival. During her presentation, she will perform the Carnival dances with the traditional Caribbean dance group “Quillami.”

Cepeda Tarud was elected Queen of the Carnival in Baranquilla, Colombia – a city that is celebrating its bicentennial and was honored as the 2013 American Capital of Culture in Latin America. Her presentation will focus on the music, folklore, customs and cultural importance of the Carnival for the Caribbean

Dr. Hayden Carron, assistant professor of Spanish at HPU, says the performance will allow the HPU community to experience the fantastic cultural experience of the Caribbean Carnival.

The event is part of the Faculty Cultural Enrichment Grant Series at HPU, which assists faculty in planning vibrant, intellectually stimulating, cultural events that feature nationally renowned academics, artists and performers. The grants support programming in all academic disciplines and helps introduce students to thought provoking ideas in art, literature, science, philosophy and business.

“It is an honor to host Daniela Cepeda Tarud, 2013 Queen of the Carnival, at HPU,” Carron says. “I selected her as part of the Faculty Grant series because of the unique insight into the rich tradition and importance of the Caribbean Carnival that she can convey to students and community members.”

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