Petronio Álvarez in Cali was one the best events that I’ve attended all year. And the best part – it’s free! This is a six day festival that takes place in August every year, celebrating Pacific Afro culture in Colombia.
How was the Petronio Alvarez Festival created?
The Cali Cultural Director Germán Patiño was the Cultural Director of Cali, who gave form and life to the Pacific Music Festival “Petronio Álvarez” creating from the outset the contest that established the categories of: “Chirimía, Marimba y Agrupación Libre” The festival was inaugurated on August 6, 1997 at the Los Cristales Open Air Theater as a social space for congregation and reflection on the cultural heritage of the Pacific tradition.
What is the purpose of the Petronio Alvarez Festival?
The Pacific Music Festival “Petronio Álvarez”, or simply “El Petronio”, is a festival dedicated to the music of Colombian Pacific folklore or related directly to it. It is held in the city of Santiago de Cali, Colombia, in the month of August. It seeks to highlight composers, musical groups and researchers of music of Afro-Colombian origin. It is organized by local institutions related to culture and promoted by the Secretary of Culture and Tourism of the Mayor of Santiago de Cali.
Who was Petronio Alvarez?
Petronio Alvarez was born in Buenaventura, Valle del Cauca; From his childhood he dreamed of music, was his main passion. The situation forced him to sell bread and empanadas de cambray, typical of Valle del Cauca, made by his mother, Juana Francisca. The most practical way to enthuse the buyers was to sing to the sound of improvisation: empanadas de cambray, for the old ones, here it is, the one that does not buy them to me, leave them there.
Not only was he a folklorist, he was a versatile musician. He sang and composed tangos and milongas because he admired Carlos Gardel, he sang songs like El suicida, Recuerdo, El cortito, Con mi guitarra, Canto en arrabal, and Chest is hurting me. It was called the Gardel del Puerto. In 1961 he settled in Cali, where he lived until his death on December 10, 1966 of a bone cancer.
➡ Discover more about Colombia: Looking to maximize your time in the Sun and Beach? Visit San Andrés
Tours & Tickets in Cali Colombia
|CALI TRAVEL GUIDE|
If you’re travelling to Colombia, we help you:
Practical information about Colombia: Climate – How to get to Colombia – Visa, Customs, Documentation and Taxes – Embassies and consulates in Colombia – Health and vaccination – Emergency numbers – Culture of Colombia – Measures and Electricity – Currency of Colombia
Tourist Information about Colombia: General Information – Practical information about Colombia – Adventure Colombia – Hotels and accommodations in Colombia – How to Get to Colombia – Gastronomy in Colombia – Colombia’s Best Festivals and Carnivals – Tourist Attractions in Colombia – Foreign Embassies and Consulates in Colombia – Tips and advice for travel in Colombia – Top 10 Colombian Travel Destinations – Natural regions of Colombia – Cultural Tourism in Colombia – UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage Lists – UNESCO Heritage Sites in Colombia – Top 10 amazing places to visit in Colombia – Colombian Cuisine – Tourism of Nature
Travel Guide of Colombia: Colombia Travel Guide – Amazonas – Antioquia – Arauca – Atlántico – Bolivar – Boyacá – Caldas – Caquetá – Casanare – Cauca – Cesar – Chocó – Córdoba – Cundinamarca – Guanía – Guaviare – Huila – La Guajira – Magdalena – Meta – Nariño – Norte de Santander – Putumayo – Quindio – Risaralda – San Andrés y Providencia – Santander – Sucre – Tolima – Valle del Cauca – Vaupés – Vichada
Flights, Cheap Airfare Deals & Plane Tickets