Colombia was once synonymous with drugs and danger, and was avoided by all but the foolhardy that would hop across the country discovering artistic and cultural gems. EL TARRO launches Miss Colombia on Saturday November 23 at Shebeen, Australia's first not-for-profit bar at Melbourne’s iconic Manchester Lane, will immerse audiences into the real Colombian life, of that unseen, remembered and imagined.
This ode will showcase the best of the contemporary art and music made by more than 50 collaborating Colombian and Australian artists in Melbourne including visual art, music, performance art, installation, circus and food evoking South American cities and revealing the Colombia that Melbourne possesses.
This free entry event will launch new band Miss Colombia, a heart-bumping show with vintage incarnations mixing music, theatre and a tad of 60s and 70s film clips, tempered by the nostalgia of distance. Miss Colombia trashes Colombian labels such as drugs, salsa and soccer flanking a delirious ready-made performance. Its sound combines traditional Colombian rhythms with beats, Spanish pop, hip-hop, funk and opera.See the teaser here
See the album recording session here
Miss Colombia will be supported by Madre Monte cumbia reggae; Sydney based Chirimeros traditional colombian band, The Jills, Jose Nieto and Pablo Naranjo and DJs Saca La Mois from Cumbia Cosmonauts and El Patron.
Dichotomy of Fear by Katherine Gailer
The most recognised Colombian visual artists in Melbourne: Maria Pena, Katherine Gailer, Julian Clavijo and filmmaker Sebastian Avila have joined forces to present Alive, an intervention moving from the visual into the performance, from traces to reflections and from boundaries to transformations. Frozen moments and moving thoughts will invade the space with Anthony Rodriguez installation and Melbourne Filmoteca; tropical and Andean landscapes by Nelson Gomez will take you off these shores.
Renowned café Sonido! will be moving into the kitchen for this night only bringing arepas to Shebeen with other treats deliciosos while circus and populistic characters invade the space.
Born in Melbourne in 2008, EL TARRO has grown to be an internationally recognised creative moving space where people come together to share and be part of new artistic ideas. At EL TARRO, people encounter an organic experience where many art forms appear and any human action can become an artform. EL TARRO challenges the traditional divide between audiences and performers and between people, communities and artists. Audiences encounter a durational performance and experience made out of mini performances, live music and acts that expand the parameters of what art is.
“EL TARRO launches Miss Colombia aims to share Latin American art in Australia through artistic encounter, and to expand our awareness of this complex contemporary scene.” said Damian Smith, arts writer and curator.
Officially selected as a Leading Project across the Southern Hemisphere by The South Project Inc (2010) and with performances in San Francisco, Berlin, Venice, Bogotá, Sydney and Buenos Aires EL TARRO has engaged more than 500 artists across all disciplines and audiences of over 6,000. After more than one year away, EL TARRO is back in Melbourne successfully crowdfunded through a Pozible Gig Campaign with 148 supporters receiving the prize for the gig with most supporters. EL TARRO will then be heading to Mexico DF and Bogotá.
PICTURE IT: Summer, art, circus soccer, live music, installations, performance, coffee, cumbia, vinyl, arepas and fiesta. FREE and all the profits made at the bar that night will be donated to people in need across the world. Discover this new kind of beauty!
Date: Saturday November 23
Time: 7pm until late
Venue: Shebeen, 36 Manchester La, Melbourne, VIC
Facebook event: facebook.com/events/434019113385989/
Contact: Claudia Escobar. firstname.lastname@example.org. 0449 163 753
Lucia Cook- Leiva
Mauricio Leiva Cock
Carolina Venegas & Juan Rivera
Maria Patricia Guerra Escobar
El Patio Spanish Language School,
Nazmy Estefan (Dos) y Vicky Estefan,
Ruth Sancho Huerga,
Maria Esther Pena,
Jose Fernando Ramirez,
Mighty Duke And The Lords,
Inti, Cat y Jose Nieto,
Claudia Sangiorgi Dalimore,
Nadia Rose Watson,
Maria Paula Espinosa,
Juan Felipe Gallo,
Adrian Pearce and Jill Morgan AM,
Familia Chinchilla Escobar,
Jimena De La Cuadra,
Jeronimo Rodriguez Escobar,
Raul Sanchez Urribarri,
Spanish Australia Magazine,
Alfred Le Coq,
Alfredo Trujillo Leiva,
Luz Maria Hoyos,
Asaí Arte Colombia,
More abou EL TARRO:
EL TARRO transforms any space into a creative atmosphere. It started out at the smallest performing space in the world in Melbourne and then travelled to a rooftop, to an old mill, to an old mansion, to the park, to an art gallery, to the schoolhouse, and then went to Sydney, Berlin, Buenos Aires, San Francisco, Bogotá and Venice.
Over its five years, EL TARRO has brought together people who have formed a community of creative minds from diverse ages, backgrounds, places and walks of life. EL TARRO has always been created by the community and funded by the community and artists involved.
Have a look at the video below to check out the EL TARRO experience here.
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