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Thursday, June 16, 2011

Colombian Colours – II Diaspora Festival July 15-17

Celebrating the cultural expressions and ethnic diversity of Colombian culture!

TORONTO, ON (Wednesday, June 15, 2011)
–– Harbourfront Centre, along with its lead summer partner The Toronto Port Authority, and festival partners Pacific Rubiales, Scotiabank, AviancaTaca and Caracol T.V., are proud to present the return of Colombian Colours – II Diaspora Festival. From July 15 to 17, audiences from the GTA and beyond are invited to celebrate this vibrant culture with international and local performances in music, theatre, film, dance and more. This festival is co-produced by the Casa Cultural Colombiana and Tridha Arts Association.

International music artists featured throughout this three-day celebration include salsa violinist Alfredo De Fe, who is credited with making the violin an integral part of Latin music, Colombia’s first all-vocal group NVOZ, and the Diego Marulanda Quintet who combine native Colombian instruments like the yapurutus (Colombian flutes) and maguarés (Colombian drums) with double bass and guitar.

Montreal-based Ballet Raíces de Colombia will showcase 20 dancers from different parts of the world that have fallen in love with this country’s culture, music and dance. This troupe is considered to be one of the best Colombian folkloric dance groups in Canada.

Other highlights include the Canadian premiere of the Bogotá MMX, 200 years after editorial exhibition that commemorates the celebration of Colombia’s Bicentenary of Independence and a photography exhibit honouring Colombia's most famous photographer, Nereo López Meza. Pieces from Meza’s 50-year career will be on display in the Marilyn Brewer Community Space, including images of his numerous trips to South America.

Rounding out festival programming are food demos, zumba workshops (a Colombian creation), flamenco workshops, traditional Colombian games and fun family activities.

Join us this summer as we explore “Hot Spots” of intensity, artistic brilliance, connectivity, and regions of conflict that shape the impressions we have of ourselves and our world. This theme is programmed into each weekend festival to bring together rich artistic traditions from our own backyard and around the globe! It also presents a unique opportunity to experience top Canadian and international artists in a fun, family-friendly environment without ever leaving the city!

Hot spots may not always be comfortable, but they are conduits of change. Embrace change or defy it – it is ultimately up to you. This summer, Harbourfront Centre presents programming that asks: What’s your hot spot?

For additional information and complete event listings, the public may visit harbourfrontcentre.com/summer or call the Information Hotline at 416-973-4000. Harbourfront Centre is located at 235 Queens Quay West in the heart of downtown Toronto’s waterfront.

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