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Bronx Rising! April: National Poetry Month
April 18, 2015 @ 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM
POETRY & MUSIC PERFORMANCE: National Poetry Month
7:30 pm Harawi: Quichwa Poetry & Music from Bolivia, Ecuador and Peru.
Join City Lore and the Bronx Music Heritage Center for a celebration of Quechua poetry in honor of National Poetry Month! Doris Loayza, Gladys Camacho, Odi Gonzales and Inti Jimbo will read Quechua poetry as the POEMobile projects the poems in English and Quechua.
The group Inkarayku will perform traditional Andean music, and there will be a screening of a short video from the Voces de Cañar exchange.
Quechua is an official language in Peru, Bolivia and Ecuador and is the most widely spoken indigenous language in Latin America with approximately 10 million speakers. It is growing in places such as the Bronx where there is a vibrant Quechua-speaking Ecuadoran community (as well as the only Quechua language radio station in the United States, Radio Kichwa).
Voces de Cañar is a digital storytelling exchange involving Indigenous Andean peoples from Cañar, Ecuador and their counterparts in New York City, via radio and other online media platforms. Participants from these two geographic regions are partnering to explore and exchange their creative expressions about the passage of traditions and the transformation of culture within contemporary life.
Presented in partnership with City Lore’s POEMobile and the Bronx Music Heritage Center (BMHC). This is the BMHC’s April Bronx Rising! event. April is National Poetry Month.
* Harawi is Quechua for poetry.
Free and open to the public.
Curated by Elena Martínez and Bobby Sanabria
In partnership with the Bronx Music Heritage Center
Boricua College, Bronx