Chingona Fest Texas Recap
Chingona Fest Texas came and went, and it was just as spectacular as I dreamed! So many friends came together to put on an event full of female empowerment benefiting Latinitas Magazine and Con Mi Madre at Hops and Grain Brewing. The day saw a lineup of vendors, creatives, and musicians made up mostly of women of color. Performances included Austin favorites Bidi Bidi Banda and Tiarra Girls, both of whom got members of the crowd dancing to covers of Selena while sipping on limited edition Chingona Beer— a Mexican Lager specially brewed by Hops and Grain for the event.
I was lucky enough to not only participate as a vendor this year, but also to contribute a mural to the event. My heart swelled watching people line up to take a photograph in front of my design, as this is the first large scale painting project that I have self-directed, designed, and painted. So much love went into this project, and I’m so grateful to have received help from my friends, family, and partner who so graciously donated their time to making my idea come to life.
This weekend was especially necessary as the conflict along the border continues to grow strife with discrimination against Latinx people. It was comforting (to say the least) to be around a community of people simply existing— dancing, singing, celebrating culture, when so much of the world is in opposition to our freedom and happiness. It was a potent reminder of how resilient we can be.