The Delightful Festival (African Delights, Asian Delights, Caribbean Delights and Latinx Delights) celebrates Jamaica's vibrant immigrant communities by presenting a series of free evenings of ethnic cuisine, music and cinema.
COVID-19 forced us to cancel the second half of last year's programming, but we are pleased to announce that The Delightful Festival is back -- virtually.
We may not be able to be delightful in the same room this Spring, but we can still be delightful together -- from the comfort of our homes -- via Zoom, Facebook and YouTube.
Join us for the third of four delightful events this year, as we continue the tradition of celebrating Jamaica's immigrant communities through the food, music and cinema that is: The Delightful Festival.
What: The Delightful Festival: Colombian Delights
When: Saturday, May 22nd -- 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Where: Online via Zoom, Facebook and YouTube
How Much: Still Free
Colombian Delights - Colombia and Colombians are delightful. You need proof of this, then join us for Colombian Delights. Use your complimentary $15 DoorDash Gift Card to order from your favorite local Colombian restaurant, and then join us for our dinner party via Zoom.
After dinner we'll be joined by Rebolu. Rebolu is an Afro-Colombian musical ensemble comprised of some of the finest Colombian musicians in the United States. The group was created from the desire of Ronald Polo, (vocalist/composer/gaitero), Moris Canate, (master folkloric percussionist), and later on Johanna Castaneda (Vocalist/musician) to promote the rich musical traditions of their ancestors; the afro-descendants of Colombia's Caribbean coast. They believe that these folkloric traditions should continually evolve over time and with the ideas of new generations of folklorists. This belief is surely reflected in their music. The original compositions of Ronald Polo forge new paths for Colombian music while respectfully remaining faithful to its ancestral roots. In the process, they create a truly unique musical and cultural experience. From traditional songs to original compositions, the entirely of Rebolu's repertoire is loaded with energy, history and danceability. Their unique reinterpretations of traditional Afro-Colombian rhythms such as Gaita, Tambora, Chalupa and Bullerengue, among others, make it extremely well suited not only for festivals and cultural events but also for nightclubs. We hope you listen and enjoy..
After the music we'll watch Sons of Benkos, An entertaining documentary that explores the African culture of Colombia through music. The film presents the music of the Sons of Benkos, one of the most important Black leaders in the fight for freedom during the times of slavery in Colombia. The film also shows the evolution of Afro-Colombian music over time through the fusion of Cuban and contemporary African rhythms with traditional Afro-Colombian music.
6:00 pm - Delightful Cuisine - Colombian Cuisine That You Order From DoorDash w/ Your $15 Gift Card
7:00 pm - Delightful Music - Rebolu
8:00 pm - Delightful Cinema - "Sons of Benkos"
Here's what you have to do to participate virtually:
Step 1: Register by responding to this e-mail or by visiting TheDelightfulFestival.com
Step 2: Receive your registration acknowledgement
Step 3: Receive your $15 DoorDash gift card electronically
Step 4: Order your food via DoorDash.com or the DoorDash app -- hopefully timing it to arrive just in time for our dinner party via Zoom at 6:00 pm
Step 5: Enjoy your delightful cuisine with us from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Step 6: Enjoy an hour-long presentation of delightful music w/ us via Zoom, Facebook or YouTube
Step 7: Enjoy a delightful cinematic experience w/ us via Facebook or YouTube
THE $15 DOORDASH GIFT CARDS ARE LIMITED TO THE FIRST 100 PEOPLE WHO REGISTER. PLEASE DO NOT REGISTER JUST FOR THE GIFT CARD.
The Delightful Festival is presented by:
A Better Jamaica, Inc. (http://www.abetterjamaica.org)
With funding from the New York City Council's Cultural Immigrant Initiative through allocations made by:
New York City Council Member Adrienne E. Adams
New York City Council Member James F. Gennaro
New York City Council Member Rory I. Lancman
New York City Council Member I. Daneek Miller
Funding administered by:
The New York City Department of Cultural Affairs
A Better Jamaica = Family Movies in the Park + Classic Film Fridays + Jamaica311.com + Jamaica Solutions + Jamaica Reads + The Jamaica Ball + JAC's Holiday Music + The AirTrain Jazz Festival + Jamaica Shoots! + The Delightful Festival + ABJ's CASA + The Carver Scholars Program + ABJ's SU-CASA + Art to the People