The Diaspora Drum Exchange is an exciting rhythmic exploration of the folkloric musical genres of the Afro-Caribbean Spanish language nations. Through the use of various percussion styles, such as plena and bomba, and hand-crafted instruments, with call-and-response singing & dance as language, this gathering will interweave the stories of cultural traditions and celebrations. Curated by Philadelphia-based cultural producers AfroTaino, the event will spotlight two Afro-Puerto Rican groups, Los Bomberos de La Calle and Redobles de Cultura. Watch & listen as the musical dialogue builds: The 'conversation' that flows between them becomes an impulse for the community to congregate & celebrate to this festive soundtrack. In collaboration with the Philadelphia Latino Film Festival, hand-selected video edits of powerful movie moments in Latino cinema will bring much visual delight as the dusk settles.

This event is presented by the City's Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy as part of Performances in Public Spaces, a summer series of FREE cultural performances in parks and plazas across Philadelphia neighborhoods. From May through October, the annual series brings arts and culture experiences to local outdoor spaces. All Performances in Public Spaces are free and open to the public. Registration is encouraged but not required. To find more free Performances in Public Spaces events, visit


  • Occurs Wednesday, July 24th, 2019 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm


Fairhill Square Park

400 W Lehigh Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19133


Carrie Leibrand

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