In Santo Domingo Este, the First Municipal Folk Festival will take place starting this Tuesday.

The Santo Domingo Este City Council announced the holding of the First Municipal Folk Festival, which will take place from Tuesday 12 to Sunday 24 of this month with the participation of five countries.

The cultural day at the Fabio A. Mota Polytechnic, in Los Mina, as part of the activities for the 20th anniversary of the Santo Domingo province.

The event will feature an exhibition of the country’s musical instruments used from the Taíno era to the present day.

It will be dedicated to the late folklorist Fradique Lizardo, and aims to promote folk roots with different artistic and cultural presentations.

The festival will have the participation of several countries such as: Ecuador, Mexico, China and Morocco, from Africa.

The event seeks to spread the legacy of Lizardo, preserve the national folk identity and place the Santo Domingo province as an international brand that constitutes a channel to promote Dominicanity within and outside the country.

The coordinator of the Cultural Directorate of the Santo Domingo Este City Council, Alfredo Reynoso Báez, reported that the festival has several stages and that “so far it is one of the few festivals that includes the didactic and recreational part at the same time.”

It will also have the participation of the professor and anthropologist Eddy Sánchez, who will be responsible for the “Exhibition of Ancestral and Musical Instruments”, where instruments such as the Mayoguacá, from the Taino culture, will be exhibited, which has disappeared from the Dominican music scene.

Attendees will also be able to observe maracas, tamboras, atabales, the greater congo, the conguito, the canoita, the famous tres, the marimba, various types of güiras, among others.

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Next Thursday the 14th there will be a colloquium on the cultural legacy of the folklorist Lizardo, declared by UNESCO, in 2014, as “heritage of Latin American and Caribbean memory.”

Fradique Lizardo, together with other specialists in Dominican folk dance, formed what is now known as the Dominican Folkloric Ballet, leaving a large number of texts, documents, recordings and research on folklore carried out in the national geography.

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