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Inspire the Fire!

The fire within you will be inspired by more than 200 performers in the upcoming 25th Anniversary Celebration, including Inspire the Fire, who appeared on “America’s Got Talent” Monday night and received a standing ovation from the audience and the judges (Howard Stern, Howie Mandel and Sharon Osbourne) for their performance of Lean on Me.


This nonprofit transforms the lives of at-risk youth through the arts, faith and personal development, and you can see them for free on Tuesday, June 5 at Mecklenburg Ministries’ 25th Anniversary Celebration! And that is just the tip of the iceberg. This free family friendly event is a wonderful way to begin your summer!

Reserve and print your free tickets and find directions and parking information. If you are having trouble reserving tickets, call the Belk Theater Box Office at 704-372-1000.

Parking information: $5 parking vouchers are available for the following garages: 7th Street Station, Fifth Third Center, Bank of America Corporate Center, Hearst Tower and International Trade Center. Pick them up in the lobby or at the box office.

David Tang of Carolina Voices and Artistic Chairperson of 25th Anniversary Committee said,“With more than 200 performers from all walks of life, faiths, races and backgrounds, ‘From Common Ground to Higher Ground’ hopes to capture the powerful spirit and work for good that is Mecklenburg Ministries. All of the artists are proud and honored to support Mecklenburg Ministries as it celebrates its 25th Anniversary.”


Come and experience it for yourself! For one night only NoDa will escape from its Southern roots and turn itself into a Caribbean fiesta, complete with salsa, Cuban son, Dominican merengue, and authentic Caribbean food and crafts.

The Latin American Coalition presents the 3rd annual ¡Image! A Caribbean Celebration at the Neighborhood Theatre in Charlotte on Friday, June 1, 2012. Doors open at 7:00 pm followed a FREE salsa class 7:30 pm. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 day of show.

The event showcases top local talent whose origins and influences span the Spanish Caribbean.Orquesta Formula Latina will showcase the golden and contemporary age of salsa by playing classics and current tunes from the immortal salsa catalogue. Representing Puerto Rico with traditional jibara folk music is Los Coquies de Charlotte, led by folk singer Judith Burgos-Pinzon. Dance over to the Dominican Republic for Batchata Flow, one of Charlotte’s hottest Latin bands whose live performance brings out the best of the country’s merengue and bachata tunes. Throughout it all, Alma de la Luna, a local dance group, is sure to delight with their mambo, salsa, and merengue moves.

Sip on a mojito, eat a Cuban sandwich, and feel the tropical energy for yourself. You won’t want to miss the most authentic Caribbean celebration outside of the islands!