In Latin America, fiestas patronales are annual celebrations dedicated to Catholic saints who are honored as patrons of towns, churches or folk religious brotherhoods and family lineages. This widespread, popular tradition can be a primary vehicle for distinctive local music, dance, and colorful folk-dramas and fuels some of the most exciting and intensely participatory festivals in this part of the world. With deep historical roots, these simultaneously sacred and secular fiestas have also been crucial to the blending of Iberian, African, and indigenous American heritages.
Join MIM curator and ethnomusicologist, Dr. Daniel Piper, for an exclusive online presentation and Q&A session about four different fiesta patronal traditions in the Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Mexico and Brazil. Drawing from his extensive field research experience and content curated for MIM’s Latin America gallery, and utilizing images and video-clips throughout, Piper will introduce rich varieties of music in cultural context, and engage group participants with a vivid interpretation of the lived experience of these celebrations and their overlapping sacred and secular dimensions.
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