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Arts for All Festival (Arte pa'mi Gente)

Fri Aug 2, 2019
Various times
All ages

This FREE outdoor festival, presented in collaboration with The Clemente, celebrates the rich cultural history of Puerto Rican Plena, a form of traditional folk music and dance native to Puerto Rico.

August 2-4 at 7pm:
The Belly-Ache Opera (La Plenopera del Empache)
A Puerto Rican children’s theatre classic by Leopoldo Santiago Lavandero. It compiles a good number of Puerto Rican Plenas (Afro-Caribbean music from Puerto Rico) with lyrics that narrate the story of a gluttonous boy and the experience that changed his life.

Friday, August 2
Live Performance at 8pm

Danza Fiesta: Baile y Teatro Puertorriqueño was created in 1998 by Gilda Rivera-Pantojas in New York City with the idea of sharing Puerto Rican culture with the rest of the world. Danza Fiesta features over 30 members, including dancers, musicians and creative contributors who focus on the study of Puerto Rican Folk and popular traditions and make it accessible to all people through workshops, community programs, performances and lecture demonstrations

Saturday, August 3
Live Performance at 8pm

Los Pleneros de la 21 is the premier Harlem-based performing ensemble and non-profit community organization founded in 1983. LP21 is an exceptional mix of Puerto Rican folk masters & professional musicians dedicated to exposing the importance of traditional Puerto Rican music. After more than 35 years & a Grammy nomination for their groundbreaking album, Para Todos Ustedes, LP21 remain as cultural leaders of the NYC community.

Special Documentary Double Feature *Saturday, August 3 Only* At 3pm at Teatro SEA
Hunter College’s Center for Puerto Rican Studies Presents “Plena is Work, Plena is Song,” which is 29-minute documentary that explores this original Puerto Rican musical form. Plena is a music performance in the form of storytelling song. Therefore, to appreciate the full scope and meaning of plena, we must engage in a journey to explore its cultural milieu and history. This documentary explores the social and cultural history of plena and deepens our appreciation of this folk expression.

“Los Plenazos Callejeros” is a documentary film by Mariana Reyes-Anglero and produced by Mariana Reyes-Anglero & Tito Matos that chronicles street-level plena over a period of 7 years from 2005 to 2012. This movement saw the resurgence of plena in neighborhoods throughout its 70 stops. This documentary establishes links between documentaries that precede it such as La Plena and Plena Es Canto y Trabajo, making it a perfect companion piece.

Sunday, August 4
Live Performance at 8pm

Tito Matos y La Máquina Insular is a plena band, which carries on the tradition of street music still very much alive in Puerto Rico, led by director, plena maestro and requinto virtuoso and community arts organizer Héctor “Tito” Matos. Matos has worked with legends like Eddie Palmieri, Ricky Martin, and Gloria Estefan, and also known for his celebrated group Viento de Agua, which puts a contemporary spin on traditional styles.

La Plaza at The Clemente
114 Norfolk Street
New York, NY 10009
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