20:00 – 03:00
@ The Cos Bar
148 Queen Victoria Street
Early Bird Tickets: £5
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Slavery was abolished in Colombia on the 21st May 1851 and since 2001, the 21st May was declared National Afro-Colombian day by congress. After the United States and Brazil, Colombia has the highest population of African descendants in the Americas and even contains a whole state where over 95% of its population is of Black origin, this state is called the Chocó on Colombia’s Pacific coast. The culture of Colombia’s Pacific coast has recently shot to fame due to its burgeoning cultural, gastronomic and musical scene. The band Chocquibtown with their fusion of Hip Hop and traditional elements have been nominated for a US Grammy and won a Latin Grammy, UNESCO has given Marimba music from this region world heritage status and Herencia de Timbiqui won best folk act at Viña del Mar in Chile.
However, it should be mentioned that there are many other prominent Afro-Colombian cultures distinct from that of the Pacific Coast. The town of Palenque de San Basilio in Colombia’s Caribbean region has also been given UNESCO world heritage status as it’s the only place in the Americas where strong elements of African languages are still spoken. There is also the Anglo-Caribbean culture of the islands of San Andres and Providencia where an English Creole not dissimilar from that of Jamaica is spoken. Aracataca Events will be celebrating all aspects of Afro-Colombian heritage, we look forward to welcoming you to one of the hottest parties on the Latin American calendar.