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Arte Pa’ Mi Gente Arts Festival 2019!

August 2 – 4, 2019


#TeatroSEA & #TheClemente present:



August 2nd, 3rd, and 4th

La Plaza @ The Clemente… 114 Norfolk Street, New York’s Lower East Side

EACH NIGHT, doors open at 6:30pm for a showing of “THE BELLY-ACHE OPERA / LA PLENÓPERA DEL EMPACHE”, a bilingual children’s theatre classic by Leopoldo Santiago Lavandero.

August 2nd @ 8pm:

Live performance from Danza Fiesta: Baile y Teatro Puertorriqueño.  Danza Fiesta features over 30 members, including dancers, musicians and creative contributors who devote a great deal of time and energy to focus on the study of Puerto Rican Folk and popular traditions and make it accessible to all people.

August 3rd @ 3pm in Teatro SEA:

Hunter College’s Center for Puerto Rican Studies Presents “Plena is Work, Plena is Song” which is a 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 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. Film by Mariana Reyes-Anglero & Produced by Mariana Reyes-Anglero and Tito Matos.

August 3rd @ 8pm

Live performance from Los Pleneros de la 21. The LP21 ensemble is an exceptional mix of Puerto Rican Folk Masters and professional musicians. United in their common cause to expose the importance of traditional Puerto Rican music, they have pioneered the road for bomba and plena performance as ambassadors of the art to the globe. After more than 35 years of performances and a Grammy nomination for their groundbreaking album, Para Todos Ustedes, LP21 remains the dynamic family and intergenerational group of musicians and cultural leaders from East Harlem, the South Bronx and many of NYC’s own local communities

August 4th @ 8pm

Live performance from Tito Matos y La Máquina Insular. 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, they are one of the leading examples of a movement that has revitalized the plena genre during the last decade, and Matos is well known for his celebrated group Viento de Agua, which puts a contemporary spin on traditional styles.

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This program is sponsored by Manhattan Borough President, Gale A. Brewer, and NYC Council Member Carlina Rivera as well as NYC Council Speaker Corey Johnson and NYC Council Member Margaret Chin under the Cultural Immigrant Initiative.