Congos and movies on Isla Grande

Los congos son una parte esencial de la cultura afrocaribeña

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The tropical island of Isla Grande, Colón province, will host a party on Friday 30 and Saturday, October 31 with the Festi Art Caribbean 2015. Movies will be shown as well as performances from music and folkloric groups. The event is free.

The party starts in the island’s main square on Friday, October 30 from 7 p.m. with a “mobile cinema” and a concert, courtesy of the Go Green C3 foundation.

Congos are an essential part of the Afro-Caribbean culture

Congos are an essential part of the Afro-Caribbean culture.

The festivities continue on Saturday, October 31 from 10 a.m. with an outdoor zumba session. At 11am, it is the turn of the storytellers who will narrate their tales on the beach. After enjoying delicious Caribbean dishes for lunch, there will be more activities like the painting workshop for children and young people, taught by Gilberto Jordán, the acclaimed painter who came second in the VI National Contest for New Artists organized by the National Bank.

The event will come to a climax with a torch parade and a Concue Congos encounter, involving “palenques” (dance troupes) from Costa Rica and Costa Abajo, followed by folkloric groups and national artists, among them the singer Candela (Lorena Toledano) and Eymie Hernández, a former Proyecto Estrella 20-30 contestant.

The festival is organized by the National Institute of Culture (INAC).

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