Noche de Peña
August 10 @ 7:00 pm$5 – $30
Aug. 10 – A peña is a casual and participatory social event centered around live music that celebrates community through music, poetry, prose, and culture. Peñas have a rich and varied history and can be quite different from one country to another. In Spain, peñas often celebrate and promote Flamenco culture, while in Perú they tend to focus on what is known as Música Criolla–an array of sub-genres created from the fusion of Spanish, Andean and African cultures, such as huayno, festejo, and marinera. In Chile and Argentina, countries that underwent civic unrest in the 1960s and 1970s, peñas involve music known as Nueva Canción – a genre with roots in Cuba’s revolutionary Nueva Trova.
Many countries, such as Guatemala, El Salvador, Brazil, Bolivia, Uruguay, and Paraguay have also celebrated peñas clandestinely to protest torture and repression by the military government in charge. The songs found at peñas give voice to social and political issues and the human condition. They provide social commentary and critique, addressing issues of poverty, anti-imperialism and a Latin American identity that reclaims its Indigenous and African roots. As in the words of Chilean-American author Isabel Allende, “Roots are not in landscape or a country, or a people, they are inside you.” Please join us and share in what is inside us all.
This project is funded in part by a grant from the Boulder Arts Commission, an agency of the Boulder City Council.