Join Lincoln Center for a unique celebration of the Afro-Venezuelan tradition of San Juan through a "walking procession": the collaborative ritual of dancing and singing to the beat of drums. San Juan was originally a communal practice by enslaved people in the cocoa and coffee plantations in the Caribbean coasts of Venezuela, later adopted by the Catholic church. Though it has been celebrated in Venezuela for hundreds of years and ostensibly celebrates the summer solstice and the birth of Saint John the Baptist, modern participation in San Juan often acts as a statement of self and pride in one's nationality and race. This recentering of San Juan in New York City is hosted by the Brooklyn musical collective Tambor y Caña with special guests San Juan USA. As the conductor and joining force between historical touchstones, national affiliation and personal identity, Tambor y Caña acts as a catalyst for a meaningful appreciation of and fresh engagement with Afro-Venezuelan culture.

Run time: approximately 3 hours

If you have any questions about this event, please contact Guest Experience at 212-875-5456 or [email protected].

 

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