Cultural extravaganza taking center stage for National Hispanic Heritage Month

Institute of Hispanic Culture of Houston gears up for annual celebration

A “cross-cultural encounter between Spain and Latin America” sounds like a recipe for a vibrant evening filled with fun.

That’s what Harris County residents in Texas can look forward to next month, when the Institute of Hispanic Culture of Houston (IHCH) hosts its annual celebration to recognize National Hispanic Heritage Month.

“The event is an opportunity for our 6,000-plus members and participants to truly honor their heritage,” says Carmen Herrada, Chair of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee for IHCH. “Hispanic culture is rich in Houston, and it’s worth getting together to recognize and celebrate that.”

Since 1965, the IHCH has worked to preserve the richness and values of Hispanic culture within the Houston community. Even beyond the city borders, the county boasts a sizeable Hispanic population of approximately 43%.

Attendees will enjoy various forms of entertainment at Ida Y Vuelta, to be held Oct. 13 on Día de la Hispanidad (National Day of Spain), including a concert and dance performances at Miller Outdoor Theater.

National Hispanic Heritage Month kicks off today and runs through Oct. 15.

“The hope from the event is to inspire local Hispanics to celebrate their culture and continue expressing it through folkloric music and dance groups of their countries,” says Herrada.

IHCH does important work to keep Hispanic Culture, heritage and arts thriving in the community. Not only does it provide educational and networking opportunities with local universities and other community partners, but it also offers scholarships to high school and college students.

Enbridge is committed to building vibrant communities near our operations. We supported IHCH programming in 2022, and a recent $2,500 Fueling Futures grant from Enbridge will support this year’s celebration as well.

Opportunities are plentiful for community members including families, friends and students to offer time to volunteer and support the various IHCH initiatives.

“It’s important that we get involvement from people at all ages from diverse Spanish and Latin backgrounds,” says Herrada. “If we don’t cultivate the traditions and customs, we risk losing them.”