From San Pelayo to Bogotá, a night of porro magic

With a repertoire of porros, cumbias, vallenatos, and a few fandangos, the 41st ‘Festival Nacional del Porro’ takes to the stage Thursday, May 15, at the Teatro Julio Mario Santo Domingo in Bogotá.

Porro is a musical rhythm traditional to Colombia’s Caribbean region, and similar to cumbia as wind instruments give the melody and precussion sets the beat. No porro ensemble is complete without trombones and the gaita flute made from dried cactus wood.

The Porro Festival was founded in 1977 in the town of San Pelayo, department of Cordoba, and is considered one of the most important events across South America dedicated in its entirety to traditional folk music. This year’s festival runs from June 28 to July 2. But even though San Pelayo is Colombia’s cumbia capital, the Teatro Mayor decided four years ago to introduce this important event to Bogotanos.

On Thursday, musical artists Juancho Torres y su orquesta, La Perla, Banda Armonías de Bolívar, Yolanda Rayo and Carolina Sabino will perform. Even though each group takes on porro with a unique interpretation, you can be sure that the evening will be one of enormous musical talent and inspiration. Tickets range from $40,000 pesos to $90,000 and the performance starts at 8pm.

Teatro Mayor Julio Mario Santo Domingo

Ave Calle 170 No. 67-51