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Panama’s is a ‘melting pot’ of cultures and nowhere is this more evident than in its vibrant folklore. Indigenous, Criollo and Afroamerican elements contribute to the country’s rich multicultural traditions and no local fair or festival is complete without performances of traditional songs and dances where audiences respond with pride and enthusiasm.
A wonderful opportunity to enjoy just such a spectacle is provided at the Sixth National Folk Dance Festival on Saturday 28 and Sunday March 29 at the National Theatre with functions at 7 pm both days and a children’s perfomance at 3 pm on Sunday. This year’s theme is “A World-wide Contribution to Safeguard Cultural Heritage” and commemorates the 45th Anniversary of the founding of COIFF, the International Council of Organizations of Folklore Festivals and Traditional Arts which sponsors the event together with INAC, the National Cultural Institute.
This year the event will involve more than 80 dancers and 30 musicians performing various folk genres.