On Sunday, July 21, Flushing Town Hall will welcome the women of bullerengue with Bulla en el Barrio, a New York-based group that endeavors to share the powerful messages of the folkloric Afro-Colombian music and dance tradition with diverse audiences.
The contagious beat of bullerengue originates from the Urabá and Caribbean regions of Colombia. Since its early days, bullerengue has been a tool for women to express themselves through music and dance—a tradition that represents women’s leadership and power to engage communities.
Bulla en el Barrio, founded in October 2014, preserves the bullerengue tradition, unites communities, and encourages audiences to participate in a spontaneous celebration of life. Their first record, released in the summer of 2016, features original compositions in the rhythms of chalupa and fandango de lengua, representing two of the rhythm and dance styles that make up bullerengue.
The group has performed across New York City and the country, including at Encuentro NYC Colombian Music Festival 2015, Pioneer Works, Corona Plaza, Terraza 7, Barbés, the Queens Museum, Museo del Barrio, Brooklyn Folk Festival 2016, Mi Gente in the Bronx Latin Music Festival 2016, Lincoln Center, and the WEPA Cumbia Roots Festival in Austin.
Members of Bulla en el Barrio include Carolina Oliveros, Camilo Rodriguez, Rocio Jaimes, Andres Jimenez, Juan Jimenez, Beatriz Lopez, Victor-Andres Cruz, Gabriel Benavides, Julissa Maldonado, Andres Fonseca, Roxanna Kasegari, Juan Ospina, Melody Feo, and Julian Gomez.
Prior to the show, the group will lead a dance lesson so that attendees can groove along to the vibrant and exuberant bullerengue sound. You can get a taste of what’s in store when you watch this video!
Tickets—only $16 each (and $10 for members and students)—are now on sale at www.flushingtownhall.org.
Other Flushing Town Hall summer highlights include: Minhwa Hand Fan Making (Jul 21); Cardboard Explosion! (Jul 28); Jazz Jam All-Stars (Aug 4); Annual Members’ Exhibit (Aug 9); Salon Sunday (Aug 11); Sushi & Steamed Egg Workshop (Aug 18); the Monthly Jazz Jam (Jul 3, Aug 7); and Live Drawing with Models (Jul 8, Aug 12).
Flushing Town Hall is accessible by car, bus, train and foot—located a short distance from the 7 train—at 137-35 Northern Blvd. in Flushing, Queens. Access for wheelchair users and individuals with limited mobility is available.
Once again, Flushing Town Hall is opening its doors to teenagers—for free. Under the “Teen Access Program,” all 13- to 19-year-old teens (whether a member or not) will be welcomed to attend any performance for free. The program is designed to appeal to students and help foster a greater love for arts and culture.
Tickets can be purchased at www.flushingtownhall.org or by calling (718) 463-7700 x222.