Cumbia Candle Light Night with La Descarga

Open Studio, 204 High St, Northcote

To the sound of the drums and the rhythms of Afro-Colombian dance this night will heat up your soul. La Descarga has prepared a special night at Open Studio on Friday 7 of December to gather and celebrate light, romance and remember past times when candles were used to illuminate humanity’s life and celebrations.

In Colombian culture, candles have a special meaning. Little Candles' Day (Spanish:Día de las Velitas) held on December 7, is one of the most observed traditional holidays in Colombia. On this day, people place candles and paper lanterns on their windows, balconies, porches, sidewalks, streets, parks and squares, in short, everywhere they can be seen. It marks the start of the end of the year celebrations.

During cumbia dance, women playfully wave their long skirts while holding a candle, and men dance behind the women with one hand behind their back and the other hand either holding a hat, putting it or taking it off.

Candles have been used for more than 5,000 years and La Descarga invites you to light another candle, dance and remember. Expect a ritualistic Afro-Colombian rhythmic and lyrical explosion.

La Descarga is a tribute to the music and dance traditions of the Afro-Colombian regions from the Caribbean and Pacific coasts of Colombia.

Light your candle at the Fiesta and start the end of year celebrations.

Entry $10 (includes a candle for you to light and wish…)

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