A day of Caribbean culture on the beach
The Leandro Díaz Cultural Center invites to a day of Caribbean culture on the beach.
You will get to learn to throw the traditional atarraya net from the local fishermen and see how the typical sea food dishes are being prepared in our outdoor kitchen.
And you will learn about Colombia’s beloved accordion-based folk music, vallenato – sometimes referred to as “Caribbean country music” – and you will get to practice some of the rythm instruments of the genre.
And you will of course participate in a parranda – a vallenato concert for a small group of people. A quintessential Colombian experience!
In between these activities you may relax on our beach, by the pool, in the beach bar or under one of the several palm huts. Lunch is included as well as transport back and forth from the old town to the cultural center (30 minutes).
- Wednesdays and Saturdays, 10 AM – 20 PM
- Transport back and forth from the old town included
- Lecture in English on vallenato music and parranda traditions
- Practicing vallenato rythms with rythm instruments
- Parranda vallenata (vallenato concert) on the beach in the early evening
- Practicing artisanal fishing with local fishermen
- Observing the preparation of traditional sea food dishes
- Lunch included
- Free disposal of our private beach, swimming pool and palm huts
- Other facilities: Beach volleyball, beach micro football, table tennis and dart
- Price: COP 150.000
Vallenato is a euforic accordion-based folk music from northern Colombia. The genre is the result of the encounter between three musical traditions: the one of the aborigines of South America, the African and the European.
Vallenato is an epic genre, all songs tell true stories from the lives of the composers. Colombia’s great writer Gabriel García Márquez was deeply inspired by the stories of the legendary vallenato songs, and has famously said that his classic Hundred years of solitude that earned him the Nobel price, “is nothing but a vallenato of 350 pages”.
The classic vallenato music (not to be confused with the modern pop music that also uses the accordeon) was in 2015 included on UNESCO’s intangible cultural heritage list.
The parranda is an intimate vallenato concert, preferrably outdoors. It has its rituals with traditional parrandero food and beverages, greetings and shout-outs during the songs, dances, improvisation and “battling”, and stories and anecdotes from the fascinating lives of the great composers of the past that created this national treasure.
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