Queens Theatre in the Park begins its 6th Annual Latino Cultural Festival on July 24, bringing artists and performance groups from Spain, Latin America, and the U.S. together to celebrate their cultural heritage through music, dance, and theater.

From July 24 through August 11, nearly 30 events will take place at both the QTP's 464-seat venue and its 99-seat Studio Theatre. Tropical, salsa, folk music, and Cuban jazz are a few of the sounds that will be provided by participants like Argentinean rock star Spinetta, singer Alberto Cortez, and Danilo Perez. The one woman show La Mujer Invisible will receive its United States premiere, Ballet Folclorico de Chile will dance up a storm, and "Teatro Hugo & Ines" will entertain with their amazing puppetry. A showing of three Spanish and Portuguese language movies will also be a part of the celebration.

Potentially most exciting of all is a work commissioned by QTP especially for this event: "La Presa," a bi-national collaborative dance project created by artists from Mexico and the U.S., will have its world premiere at this year's festival.

Tickets to these shows are reasonably priced, and many events are free, including panel discussions, workshops, and certain family and children's programs. All performances take place at Queens Theatre in the Park in Flushing Meadows Corona Park. The theater offers a free shuttle service to and from the Willets Point/Shea Stadium stop on the #7 subway train. For more information, call 718-760-0064 or visit the website here.