The City of Edinburg and the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley in conjunction with the Dustin M. Sekula Memorial Library are celebrating the Festival of International Books and Art (FESTIBA).

Friday, March 3, from 6 -10 p.m. at the Edinburg City Hall Courtyard the celebration will include art, authors, fun children’s activities, various workshops, music, food, shopping, and entertainment for people of all ages. This year’s theme is The Healing Arts: Arte y Salud Una Buena Alianza. FESTIBA Community Day Festival is a free family fun event.

Each year, the festival aims to celebrate art & literature through entertaining and educational children’s activities, special author appearances, and art exhibits that take place during the event. This year, enjoy: storytelling; puppet shows; craft booths; face painting; poetry; a play by the Lucia Macias Theater Company; a refreshment garden sponsored by University Draft House; a Creative Tent with activities for children and adults of all ages sponsored by IMAS; and various workshops conducted by UTRGV #subculture: Urban Art Experience.

Additionally, various authors will exhibit their books and discuss them with the public. Enjoy an Artist Fair featuring the work of various local artists while several organizations will promote the Arts & Literacy.

A special performance by WAKE Up!, an all-female poetry and performance collective from the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley will kick off the live performances on the main stage. Epi Martinez and Friends, formerly of Los Frijoles Romanticos, will also bring his unique sound of Tejano, Country, Blues, and Conjunto to the FESTIBA stage. DRAFT will end the night with their eclectic mix of cover songs.

Meantime, five Valley schools will be honored as Top Reader Schools. This year’s honorees are Norma Linda Trevino Elementary of Edinburg, IDEA Academy- Edinburg, Harry B. Shimotsu Elementary and John H. Shary Elementary, both of Sharyland ISD, and Santiago Garcia Elementary of Edcouch-Elsa ISD. All five schools have excelled in their promotion of reading and the love of literature. In celebration of FESTIBA, the South Texas Literacy Coalition will give out more than 2000 free books to children who attend the festival.

Everyone is invited to take part in this Community Festival. For more information, contact Art Events Coordinator, Soledad A. Núñez, (956) 383-6246 or via e-mail at