Flushing Town Hall to Present Bulla en el Barrio on July 21

On Sunday, July 21, Flushing Town Hall will welcome the women of bullerengue with Bulla en el Barrio, a New York-based group that endeavors to share the powerful messages of the folkloric Afro-Colombian music and dance tradition with diverse audiences.

The contagious beat of bullerengue originates from the Urabá and Caribbean regions of Colombia. Since its early days, bullerengue has been a tool for women to express themselves through music and dance—a tradition that represents women's leadership and power to engage communities.

Bulla en el Barrio, founded in October 2014, preserves the bullerengue tradition, unites communities, and encourages audiences to participate in a spontaneous celebration of life. Their first record, released in the summer of 2016, features original compositions in the rhythms of chalupa and fandango de lengua, representing two of the rhythm and dance styles that make up bullerengue.

The group has performed across New York City and the country, including at Encuentro NYC Colombian Music Festival 2015, Pioneer Works, Corona Plaza, Terraza 7, Barbés, the Queens Museum, Museo del Barrio, Brooklyn Folk Festival 2016, Mi Gente in the Bronx Latin Music Festival 2016, Lincoln Center, and the WEPA Cumbia Roots Festival in Austin.

Members of Bulla en el Barrio include Carolina Oliveros, Camilo Rodriguez, Rocio Jaimes, Andres Jimenez, Juan Jimenez, Beatriz Lopez, Victor-Andres Cruz, Gabriel Benavides, Julissa Maldonado, Andres Fonseca, Roxanna Kasegari, Juan Ospina, Melody Feo, and Julian Gomez.

Prior to the show, the group will lead a dance lesson so that attendees can groove along to the vibrant and exuberant bullerengue sound. You can get a taste of what's in store when you watch this video!

Tickets—only $16 each (and $10 for members and students)—are now on sale at

Other Flushing Town Hall summer highlights include: Minhwa Hand Fan Making (Jul 21); Cardboard Explosion! (Jul 28); Jazz Jam All-Stars (Aug 4); Annual Members' Exhibit (Aug 9); Salon Sunday (Aug 11); Sushi & Steamed Egg Workshop (Aug 18); the Monthly Jazz Jam (Jul 3, Aug 7); and Live Drawing with Models (Jul 8, Aug 12).

Flushing Town Hall is accessible by car, bus, train and foot—located a short distance from the 7 train—at 137-35 Northern Blvd. in Flushing, Queens. Access for wheelchair users and individuals with limited mobility is available.

Once again, Flushing Town Hall is opening its doors to teenagers—for free. Under the "Teen Access Program, " all 13- to 19-year-old teens (whether a member or not) will be welcomed to attend any performance for free. The program is designed to appeal to students and help foster a greater love for arts and culture.

Bulla en el Barrio
$16/$10 Members & Students/FREE for Teens
Celebrate the bullerengue tradition born in the Urabá and Caribbean region of Colombia. From its early days, bullerengue has been a tool for women to express themselves through music and dance; uniting communities, and celebrating life through music, dance, and the stories that these songs tell. Come ready to dance to this exuberant music!

Flushing Council on Culture and the Arts dba Flushing Town Hall is a not for profit organization which receives major support from the National Endowment for the Arts; New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; New York State Assembly Member Ron Kim; New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, Mayor Bill de Blasio; Queens Borough President Melinda Katz; Council Members Adrienne Adams, Costa Constantinides, Daniel Dromm, Barry Grodenchik, Peter Koo, Karen Koslowitz, Francisco Moya, and Paul A. Vallone; and the Howard Gilman Foundation and the Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation.
Support for our programs is also provided by Cathay Bank, Dr. Hsing-Lih Chou / New York Institute of Culture and the Arts, Con Edison, Crossings TV, Exploring the Metropolis, Kuang-Yu Fong / Chinese Theatre Works, Barbara Garii, Gyeongsangbuk-do Province and Keimyung University in South Korea, Raymond D. Jasen, the Jim Henson Foundation, Ellen Kodadek, Nelson Lee / Flushing Bank, James S. Liao, Emily Lin / Lin & Loveall Foundation, Louis Armstrong Educational Foundation, Materials for the Arts, William McClure / Queens College, Northwell Health, Queens Art Education Center / Arthur Liu, Queens Courier, RuDance / Asian American Dance Sport Corp., Mike Sperendi & Jan Schneider, Taipei Cultural Center in New York, Veronica Tsang, Tai & Tony Wang / Glow Foundation, Jay Wegman, Minwen Yang, and Hank Yeh.

FTH also acknowledges contributions of $500 and up made to the 40th Anniversary Challenge Grant from: Acrobuffos/Seth Bloom & Christina Gelsone, Angela An, Robin Bell-Stevens, Dongjiang Bi, Douglass Chan, Amy Mak Chan, Sharon Chen, Ginger Chinn, Howard Graf, Lily Han Alice & Steve Huang, Belinda Pilin Hsu, Jassy Z. Min, New York Chinese Chorus, Carlos Ortiz, Paul Ru, Helen Shieh, Curtis Smith, Michael Tang, Tai Wang, Constance Wingate, Anna Wu, Sandy Yeh, Shane Yeh, and Angela Qi Zhang. We are extremely grateful to the anonymous donor who contributed the $40, 000 challenge gift and inspired so much generosity in others.

*Support at $500 and up for the 2020 fiscal year is included

About Flushing Town Hall
Flushing Town Hall (FTH), a Smithsonian affiliate, presents multi-disciplinary global arts that engage and educate the global communities of Queens and New York City, in order to foster mutual appreciation. As advocates of arts equity since 1979, we support local, immigrant, national, and international artists, developing partnerships and collaborations that enhance our efforts. As a member of New York City's Cultural Institutions Group (CIG), we serve to restore, manage and program the historic 1862 landmark on behalf of the City of New York. FTH celebrates the history of Queens as the home of Jazz, by presenting the finest in Jazz performance. We are committed to arts education and hands-on learning, for the arts-curious, arts enthusiasts, and professional artists. We serve one of the most diverse communities in the world, and strive to uphold the legacy of inclusiveness that has defined our community since the Flushing Remonstrance of 1657.

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