Hostos Events

Diaspora Communities Claiming & Re(creating)
Space through Bomba and Plena

Sunday, September 19, 2021, 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. (ET)

Join us for this exciting and timely conversation on “bomba y plena en acción,” bringing together voices from three key cities of the Puerto Rican diaspora: New York City, Philadelphia, and the DVM (D.C. / Maryland / Virginia). We look forward to hearing from practitioner, culture worker, and folklife perspectives on place keeping and cultural sustainability through Bomba and Plena in the diaspora over the past four decades. This event offers a space to share memories, success stories and best practices around mobilizing traditional culture in service of social change in our communities today.

Joining the Conversation are:

From New York City:

From Philadelphia:

From the DM:

Juan Gutiérrez - Los Pleneros de la 21   ★   José “Joseito” Rivera
Desseree Soto - La Casita de Chema / El Rincón Criollo   ★   Elena Martínez – BMHC

Anthony Méndez - Bomberos de la Calle  ★   José Ortíz - Folklorist & Activist

Cultura Plenera

This special Bomplenazo - ¡Continuamos! event is a partnership event with the Hostos Center for Arts & Culture and The Philadelphia Folklore Project. It is made possible by funding support from the National Endowment for the Arts, the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, the New York State Council on the Arts, The Howard Gilman Foundation, the offices of City Council member Rafael Salamanca, Jr., New York State Assembly José Rivera, the Samuel S. Fels Fund & William Penn Foundation.