The Brooklyn Cumbia Festival is a multi-day community-focused music festival that celebrates Cumbia music from its origins in Colombia to its modern forms across Latin America—taking place in community gardens, public parks, and iconic Brooklyn venues with music workshops, dancing, DJs, live bands, food, drinks, and arts & crafts. There is no other event on the East Coast that celebrates the importance of Cumbia music. We believe that music is for the people, so come dance your ass off with One Whale’s Tale!
Produced by Camilo Quiroz-Vázquez + Ellpetha Tsivicos of One Whale’s Tale
Thursday, July 6: 7 pm, Joe’s Pub
-The BK Cumbia Fest takes Manhattan featuring the Afro-Caribbean soul sounds of Afro Dominicano.
Friday, July 7th: 5 pm, The Good Life Garden in Bushwick
-The event begins with Rueda de Oro, a Colombian community drum circle that aims to teach, share and create dialogue around the folk origins of Cumbia music. Led by community leader Juan Ospina. This will include some basic drum lessons, call and response songs, and folk cumbia dancing led by Karla Florez School of Dance. Bring your drums and skirts or anything you can shake and make noise with.
-The drum circle will be followed by a performance from the Colombian folk ensemble- Maraca Bruja, who will perform a set demonstrating a mastery of the techniques shown by Rueda de Oro.
10 pm: House of Yes
-The night will culminate at House of Yes’s newest space, the Onyx Room, with DJ Mickey Perez, famous for his extensive vinyl collection, accompanied by live percussion and flutist.
Saturday, July 8th: Time TBD: Elsewhere BK
-Three Cumbia headliners will take the stage at an iconic Brooklyn venue.
Sunday, July 9th: 12pm: Maria Hernandez Park, Bushwick
- DJs Toribio and Mickey Perez lead their signature Public Service series in Maria Hernandez Park with free music and face painting for kids and adults!
9 pm Sleepwalk, Brooklyn
-An intimate night led by the neighborhood’s favorite DJs- guests will be invited to BYOC (Bring Your Own Cumbia-Record) to be played throughout the night.
Monday, July 10th: 9 pm: Barbès
-We all settle down at the iconic Barbès with Tropical Vortex curated by Brooklyn legends, DJs Adrian is Hungry, and Sonido Chichadelico. We close out the weekend with renowned Colombian ensemble Son Palenque followed by cumbias on vinyl.