The Cocola “Good Morning Guavaberry” Cultural Festival begins this Sunday, December 23 at 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. The festival will open with a parade led by the Guloyas who will dance through the streets of San Pedro de Macorís. There will also be a musical presentation in honor of the group and it will take place in the evening on the same day on Cipriano Guzmán Esq. Luis Valera Street, in the La Arena neighborhood where the group’s leader lives, Mr. Donnald Hulester Warner Anderson, known as “Linda.” Local “cocolo” artist Nadal Walcot painted three wall murals in preparation for the festival in a style that reflects the rich culture of San Pedro de Macorís.

The festival is part of a series of opening activities to initiate the Plan of Action underway to preserve and strengthen the Cocolo Dance Drama Theater of San Pedro de Macorís, proclaimed by UNESCO in November 2005 as “A Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity,” according to a press release distributed by the Dominican National Commission for UNESCO sent through the Secretary of State for Culture

Prior to the opening of the Festival, two workshops were given: one with the Guloyas Group about establishing non-profit organizations which took place on December 12. The other workshop was about the Plan of Action to Save the Cocolo Dance Drama Theater and it took place on December 13 in the Cocolo Corner Restaurant.

The Cocola Cultural Festival is being organized by the Secretary of State for Culture under the auspices of the regional office of UNESCO for Latin America and the Caribbean and the City Hall of San Pedro de Macorís.

The “Cocolos” have contributed widely to Dominican culture in areas of education, religion, organizations, culinary and sports. Their forefathers, who came from the Caribbean islands colonized by the British, arrived to the Dominican Republic at the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th at a time when the sugar industry had begun to decline in their native islands but was booming in the eastern part of the DR. They came to work in the sugar mills – some as workers, others as technicians. The name Guloyas comes from the theater piece David and Goliath. In this biblically-inspired drama the audience joins in, almost like a chorus, with the words “Goliath is dead.”


Fecha de Publicación: 20 de Diciembre de 2007

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