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Garifuna dance group to perform at Caribbean Day event in Manhattan
Published on June 7, 2014 Email To Friend    Print Version

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By Wellington C. Ramos

NEW YORK, USA -- June is Caribbean Heritage Month and for this year’s celebration, Hamilton Grange Park, which is a federal park that comes under the Department of the Interior, will be sponsoring a show with Caribbean arts groups from different countries.

The scheduled day for this event will be Saturday June 21, 2014, from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm and the activities that are on the schedule will be interpretive station: colonial games, face painting, speaking in rhythms music (children ensemble), Caribbean stories and music:

From the Caribbean, April Armstrong, the Manhattan School for Children, Caribbean storytelling, and the Garifuna Hamalali Wayunagu Dance Company, a production of Garifuna Center For The Arts & Culture Inc.

This dance group was founded and is under the stewardship of choreographer Luz F. Soliz and assistant choreographer Catherine Ochun Soliz-Rey. It is among one of the top tier Garifuna dance groups in the United States and it is always a pleasure to watch them perform. Their performance will include all the cultural dances of the Garifuna people, such as singing, drumming, and poetry. Garifuna Dance Company: Hamalali Wayunagu will be performing at 3:00 pm.

Hamilton Grange National Park is located at 141 St between Saint Nicholas and Convent Avenues. The event will be free and the public is welcome to attend to witness this historic event. Visits to this park are available Wednesdays through Sundays but they only allow fifteen people in a group at a time.

Any person or group who is interested to visit this historic park, can call to make appointments or visit the website; www.nps.gov/hagr to obtain any additional information they may need.

People from Caribbean countries and Garifuna people are invited to come out in large numbers to show solidarity with their groups that are performing.
 
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