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Neruda Press

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10th Anniversary Video

Video from Kites of Joy

This past summer we had our second Kites of Joy and Freedom festival, with lots of music, delicious food, and of course kite making.  We have many things planned for 2011, make sure you sign up for our newsletter so that you don't miss a thing!

Philip Bast created a video from the Kites of Joy and Freedom festival in 2009, featuring the music of Zapitizazz.

Neruda Productions announces new season

WATERLOO REGION — Social activist, impresario and founder of Neruda Productions, Isabel Cisterna is philosophical about her October loss as the NDP candidate in the Kitchener-Waterloo riding.

“It made me more committed to continuing to mix the power of arts and culture to educate and to change people’s perspectives,” she said. “I saw a side in our community: I saw a lot of people in need. There is an invisible face to poverty.”

With a renewed sense of purpose, Cisterna plans to use Neruda as a vehicle to raise both money and awareness for the needy in the community while promoting arts and culture within the immigrant population.

Read the full article on The Waterloo Region Record website.

Home is Where Your Voice is Heard

Isabel was interviewed by the Waterloo Institute for Social Innovation and Resilience.  In the article, which appears on the UW website, Isabel says

“I recognized a need to connect artists coming to Waterloo from all over the world with a Canadian audience, and to offer them a chance to perform with dignity in established and professional contexts. I could see that this was a path to integration and understanding between cultures.”

Read the full article on the UW website

Isabel Cisterna’s Neruda Productions marks decade of multicultural efforts

The Record featured an article on Isabel and Neruda on June 16, 2011.

"Isabel Cisterna has that sort of dogged determination that sometimes goes unnoticed until suddenly, the results of her years of work seem to be everywhere.

The mastermind behind Neruda Productions is celebrating her 10th anniversary this year, that’s 10 years of bringing some of the most extraordinary multicultural entertainment to Waterloo Region, often for the first time and giving new Canadian artists in the community opportunities to show their stuff. Musicians, dancers, writers and fine artists from Africa, Asia and South America have achieved recognition for their talent because of Neruda and always, her mind is working to come up with new ideas."

Read the full article on the Record website.

Writing For Herself

We're celebrating the 10th anniversary of Neruda Productions this year, and looking back through some of the old newspaper clippings.  Here is an article from 2001.

Artist Finds Inspiration in native Chile and adopted country

"The people of Kitchener-Waterloo are not any different than Chileans.  We all face similiar problems: unemployed youth, lonliness, and homelessness."

Isabel Cisterna

Tapestry 2005 features textile exhibit, cabaret

Chilean-Born Actor Offers Multicultural Evening of Art

Chilean Actor Eases Barriers for Immigrant Artists

Artists Unite at Victoria Park Pavilion

Latin-feel cafe cabaret wows audience with its multicultural performances

 

Never Forget the Disappeared

Death and the Maiden comes to Waterloo Stage Theatre

"I want to remind people that what happened 30 years ago could happen anytime"

Isabel Cisterna, Actor

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2012 K-W LatinFest Puts Children First with Carnival-Concert Jul 05 2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 5, 2012 (WATERLOO, ONTARIO) Neruda Productions

A free event devoted to children’s programming and entertainment will launch this year’s K-W LatinFest. Parents and children are invited to attend a Latin American mask-making workshop and interactive concert featuring children’s band, Taking Turns on Friday July 13th from 5-8pm at the Waterloo Community Arts Centre in the Button Factory. No advance booking required, just show up!

Costume experts Crystal Bradford and Liam Kijewski, of Trash Theatre and Earth Day’s Procession of the Species, will prepare kids for the concert with a mask-making workshop using recycled materials and a lot of exuberance.

“Children can really get in the spirit of things with masks that they have created themselves,” says Bradford. 

Taking Turns combines the musical talent of Amadeo Ventura, who has performed and recorded with New York jazz giants, Jerry Gonzalez and John Stubblefield, and led the Mambo Urbano Orchestra, with the expertise of child educator, storyteller and entertainer Luciana De Santis.

This concert is devoted to children, but Luciana and Amadeo “promise to get everyone dancing to the mambo and the cha-cha-cha as they learn about new rhythms, instruments and cultures.”

LatinFest organizers want the carnival atmosphere of the children’s concert to set the tone for the main events taking place in the Waterloo town square on Saturday when international Latin bands David Alvarez & Juego de Manos and Palo Cruzao perform.

For more information contact us.

 2012 K-W LatinFest Sponsors: Scotiabank, Royal Bank of Canada, Best Western Plus, City of Waterloo, Button Factory.

Official hotel: Best Western

 Neruda Productions’ Sponsors: The Ontario Trillium Foundation, Canadian Heritage, Government of Canada, Ontario Arts Council, Best Western Plus, The Kitchener and Waterloo Community Foundation, Region of Waterloo Arts Fund; Waterloo Region Record Community Partnerships Program, Best Western Hotel, Sabor Urbano 100.3 FM, CJIQ New Rock 88.3 FM.

 

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2012 K-W LATINFEST AT A GLANCE

  • Friday July 13th 5-8pm Free all-ages children’s mask-making workshop and interactive concert with Taking Turns at the Waterloo Community Arts Centre in the Button Factory, 25 Regina St. South, Waterloo. No ticket or advance booking required – Just show up.
  • Saturday July 14th 4-11pm Free LatinFest, international bands, ethnic food, children’s activities & beer garden, Waterloo Town Square, 75 King Street South, Waterloo, Ontario
  • Saturday July 14th 11pm–2am Desvelada after-party featuring DJ Kruz at the Waterloo Community Arts Centre in the Button Factory, 25 Regina St. South, Waterloo. Tickets may be purchased at the Neruda table in the festival tent for $15 or $20 at the door. All proceeds go to support LatinFest. 
THOUSANDS OF LATINFEST FANS TO TAKE OVER WILLIS WAY Jul 05 2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 25, 2012 (WATERLOO, ONTARIO) Neruda Productions

 On July 14th the City of Waterloo closes Willis Way to traffic to allow organizers of the K-W LatinFest to expand activities beyond the town square. Neruda Productions, Tropical 88.3 Radio and Latin Life magazine are expecting a larger crowd than last year’s LatinFest which attracted more than 3000 visitors and helped establish the Waterloo Town Square as a site of culture and community activity.

The expansion of the festival along Willis Way will allow room for dozens of ethnic food and craft vendors, and community-group and sponsor tables, with the town square dedicated to festivities, the stage, a dance area, and a beer garden cantina serving some of Ontario’s finest craft beer and Latin cocktails.

 “The 2012 K-W LatinFest will not only be bigger, there will also be more activities and more fantastic Latin music including two international bands,” says Isabel Cisterna, Neruda Productions’ Artistic Director.

 “Top international bands like, David Alvarez & Juego de Manos from Cuba and Palo Cruzao from Colombia, will make the 2012 K-W LatinFest our best festival ever.”

 The 2012 K-W LatinFest will launch with a free children’s mask-making workshop and concert at the Waterloo Community Arts Centre (WCAC) on Friday July 13th featuring the interactive children’s band, Taking Turns, and end with a festival after-party at WCAC from 11pm-2am for those who want to continuing dancing after the festivities in the town square wrap up Saturday evening.

Contact Us To Learn More

2012 K-W LatinFest Sponsors: Scotiabank, Royal Bank of Canada, Best Western Plus, City of Waterloo, Button Factory.

Official hotel: Best Western

Neruda Productions’ Sponsors: The Ontario Trillium Foundation, Canadian Heritage, Government of Canada, Ontario Arts Council, Best Western Plus, The Kitchener and Waterloo Community Foundation; Region of Waterloo Arts Fund; Waterloo Region Record Community Partnerships Program, Best Western Hotel, Sabor Urbano 100.3 FM, CJIQ New Rock 88.3 FM.

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Neruda Speaks of Band Leaders and BE Artists May 04 2012

 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 4, 2012 (WATERLOO, ONTARIO) Neruda Productions
Colombian-born, JUNO nominee and Latin American band leader, Diego Marulanda and his 10 piece band play the Chrysalids on May 12th. On Marulanda’s latest album, Rueda La Bolita (The Ball is Rolling), he sets reggae, hip-hop, and rap beats against a background of Latin American rhythms to create a cosmopolitan sound that is irresistible. His songs evoke the momentum of social life and social change – the ball is indeed rolling!
On May 17th singer-songwriters from Neruda’s Belonging and Empowering (BE) workshop series join special friends on stage at the Jazz Room for BE ‘The World’. Artists include D Eve Archer, Brendan J Stephens, Janice Lee and the Shirwan Trio, plus DJ Garth and his rare African, Indian and Jamaican beat frequencies. Brendan J Stephens is the winner of the 2012 Kitchener Blues Festival Youth Legacy Showcase Award—this young man is an inspiring old soul—his blues will make you smile!
Saturday, May 12, 8pm – Diego Marulanda, Chrysalids Theatre, 137 Ontario St North, Kitchener
Thursday, May 17, 8pm - BE 'The World', The Jazz Room, Huether Hotel,

Neruda Productions Triples the Nights Fantastic Mar 09 2012

Neruda Productions Triples the Nights Fantastic
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: MARCH 9, 2012 (WATERLOO, ONTARIO) Neruda Productions presents three nights of World Music guaranteed to awaken the restless souls of Waterloo to the delights of spring.
Starting with local maestros of reggae, rock steady, and afro-beat fusion— eKhaya will shake up The Jazz Room on April 19th. Word of advice for those who don’t know eKhaya -- prepare to dance, a lot!!
On April 21st, Charango virtuouso Freddy Torrealba joins Toronto’s Proyecto Altiplano and Grupo Chile for a concert at Chrysalids Theatre. This is jambalaya—Latin style!
Torrealba, a professor of Latin American string instruments in Chile, has been performing since he was a teenager. He has toured the US, Canada, Europe and South America where he is celebrated as a ‘Master of the Charango’ (The charango is a traditional South American instrument similar to a mandolin or ukulele).
While Proyecto Altiplano draws inspiration from the music and rhythms of Indigenous, African and Creole, Latin American traditions, one of its tunes is a traditional Irish slip jig! Grupo Chile, renowned for the expressiveness and authenticity of its folkloric dance performances, will add visual splendor to this musical reunion between Torrealba and Proyecto Altiplano.
Last but not least, Colombian-born, JUNO nominee Diego Marulanda plays the Chrysalids on May 12th. Marulanda plays numerous traditional and contemporary instruments and is a distinguished singer-songwriter, dance, theatre, film and television scoring composer whose breadth of experience in contemporary and world music is global.
April 19, 8pm – eKhaya at The Jazz Room, Huether Hotel, Waterloo
April 21, 8pm – Freddy Torrealba, Proyecto Altiplano & Grupo Chile, Chrysalids Theatre, 137 Ontario St North, Kitchener
May 12, 8pm – Diego Marulanda, Chrysalids Theatre, 137 Ontario St North, Kitchener

Alex*Cuba May 15 2011

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May 15, 2011 (Waterloo Region) Neruda Productions presents Show the World: Latin Jazz Festival with Juno award winner ALEXCUBA on Wednesday, June 15, 8pm at The Chrysalids Theatre in Kitchener.
Alex*Cuba hails from Artemisa, Cuba (1 hour west of Havana) and resides in Smithers, B.C. (14 hours north of Vancouver). Musically, he lives everywhere in between. His trademark sugarcane-sweet melodies, pop-soul hooks and rock chords subtly subvert commonly held notions of what Cuban music is. Alex is on the vanguard, crafting a cross-cultural sound that mirrors his geographical journey.
Forgoing conventional stereotypes that typify much of the Latin music landscape, Alex is instead defining his own “Latin Soul” genre. Like the handful of unique, genre-defying artists before him, Alex’ uncompromising “go your own road” approach was difficult and lonely at first, but is now beginning to pay dividends. He has won two JUNO Awards (2006 and 2008) and a SOCAN Award (2009) in Canada, a Latin Grammy Award (2010) for Best New Artist and is nominated for a 2011 Grammy Award in the Best Latin Pop Album category.
Over the past ten years, Neruda Productions has been striving to build bridges between communities in Waterloo Region with music, dance, drama, and visual arts from around the world.

Café Intimo | Deseo : Words, Whispers & Desires, Kites of Joy & Freedom Festival, Show the World: Latin Jazz Festival with Juno award winner ALEX CUBA, and First Dance A Queer Dance Theatre Performance. Apr 29 2011

 

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Neruda’s 10th Anniversary mixes local talent with Internationally Acclaimed Award Winners
April 29, 2011 (Waterloo Region) 2011 marks the 10th Anniversary of Neruda Productions. The company has grown from humble roots — founder Isabel Cisterna self-producing a single show, Chilean playwright Ariel Dorfman’s Death and the Maiden, in 2001 — into a company that presents International World Music Super-Groups like Quilapayun and Inti-Illimani Histórico. A Neruda season now encompasses over half a dozen concerts, a summer festival and other events and programs. This year will prove to be another dynamic and vibrant year for our concerts and community events, including: Café Intimo | Deseo : Words, Whispers & Desires, Kites of Joy & Freedom Festival, Show the World: Latin Jazz Festival with Juno award winner ALEX CUBA, and First Dance A Queer Dance Theatre Performance.
Café Intimo | Deseo : Words, Whispers & Desires May 14, 2011 8:00pm | The Button Factory, 25 Regina St. S. Waterloo $15 Advance | S20 | S10 Students & Seniors Café Intimo Deseo : Words Whispers and Desires is a showcase of spoken word, poetry and dance that highlights the sensuality of different cultures and how it is reflected in Art, Word and Movement.
Kites of Joy & Freedom Festival June 4, 2011 | 12:00pm - 7:00pm Victoria Park | FREE Neruda Productions' Kites of Joy and Freedom Festival celebrates the tradition of kite flying – as it is celebrated around the world. A symbol of joy, freedom and diversity expressed in the beauty of the various colours and shapes of the kites flown, this festival represents the optimism and dreams of our community. With workshops, vendors and many talented local and international performers, the Kite Festival is a great way to meet new friends and (hopefully) soak up some sun. Bring your kite and get ready to soar! Show the World Latin Soul | Featuring Juno & Latin Grammy award winner ALEX*CUBA June 15, 2011 8:00pm |The Chrysalids Theatre (formerly The Gig), 137 Ontario St. N. | $20 Advance | $25 Door | $15 Students & Senior Alex Cuba is a Latin Grammy, and two-time Juno Award winner! Born and raised in Cuba, his music reflects primarily Latin and African influences, with a mix of funk, jazz and pop.
First Dance A Queer Dance Theatre Performance July 29, 2011 8:00pm, July 30, 2011 8:00pm | The Button Factory, 25 Regina St. S. Waterloo $20 Advance | $25 Door First Dance is a new play from Burlington’s Tottering Biped Theatre company. Co-created by Trevor Copp
and Jeff Fox, and developed by Pat the Dog Playwright Centre, the play explores issues of power buried in the traditions of modern dance. Be prepared for the finesse of champion ballroom dancers partnered with the frictions of the politics of modern love. The play will be in the middle of a multi-city tour.
Trevor, a gay man, is getting married. His friend and Ballroom dance partner Jeff is helping him devise the first dance. It is three months after gay marriage becomes legal in Canada, and they set about creating a dance for a ritual that has no history. We are looking forward to the fall with our continuing Concert Series Show the World, including more world music, jazz performances and Juno Award winner K'NAAN! Over the past ten years, Neruda Productions has been striving to build bridges between communities in Waterloo Region with music, dance, drama, and visual arts from around the world.

Neruda Productions Hosts Benefit Concert for Haiti Jan 26 2010

Neruda Productions for Arts and Culture
25 Regina Street South, Waterloo, ON
519 502 9677
Release date: Monday 2010-01-26

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NERUDA PRODUCTIONS HOSTS BENEFIT CONCERT FOR HAITI

Neruda Productions invites you to a night of music and dance, with proceeds going to help to the citizens of Haiti. Join us on Tuesday Feb 9th from 6:30-9 at the Button Factory, 25 Regina Street Waterloo for a Cafe Cabaret Intimo, where you will see artists performing different music genres from all over the world. You can sample diverse food and drinks in a comfortable and relaxed setting, while interacting with other artists and audience members. Come join us for a very special night of reaching out to those who need it the most, while supporting arts and culture in Waterloo.

We look forward to seeing you!

Seeking New Canadian Artists Jan 26 2010

Neruda Productions for Arts and Culture
25 Regina Street South, Waterloo, ON
519 502 9677

Release date: Monday 2010-01-26
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NERUDA PRODUCTIONS IS SEEKING NEW CANADIAN TALENT

Neruda Productions is currently seeking out New Canadian talent! Whether you sing, dance, play an instrument, or have your own unique art form, we are looking to hire New artists for our Next Cafe Cabaret Intimo, a concert to raise funds for Haiti on Feb 9 from 6:30 to 9:00 at The Button Factory, 25 Regina Street South. We are especially looking for New Canadian artists, and youth from the ages of 14- 25. Interested applicants may please forward their contact information and a demo of their work to:

Contact Us or mail it to:
25 Regina Street South, Waterloo, Ontario,
N2J 1R8, ATTN: Neruda Productions.