It’s local, but global. It’s heavy (in culture), but light (in cost). And it happens this weekend, but lasts through the summer.
On May 28, ¡Oye Corona! kicks off at Corona Plaza. The six-hour-long event will include art-making workshops, live music, dance performances and storytelling, as well as a special workout.
Then, these free extravaganzas — which are spearheaded by Queens Museum — will return to the same public pedestrian place every last Saturday of the month until September.
This Saturday’s fiesta will begin with a workshop organized by multifaceted Peruvian artist Renzo Ortega at around 1 p.m. As a painter, Ortega strives to represent his current reality as an immigrant while drawing on time-honored Incan traditions. He also designs books, murals and installations.
At 3:30 p.m., the Bangladesh Institute of Performing Arts will put on a show featuring Bengali costumes, dances and music. Then at 4:30 p.m., Bulla en el Barrio, a group that shares the traditions, experiences and lives of Colombian cantadoras, will take the stage. Expect heavy percussion, inspiring voices, and lively, rhythmic dance steps.
The day’s final organized activity will be an open exercise class led by Veronica Ramirez of Immigrant Movement International’s Mujeres en Movimiento project. Ramirez choreographs energetic workouts to a variety of Latin American rhythms, everything from Mexican Banda to 1980s Spanish rock ballads. All the while, she raises awareness about health issues and female empowerment. (The class will be in Spanish, but English speakers and persons of all gender expressions can follow.)
Located in the vicinity of 103rd Street and Roosevelt Avenue, Corona Plaza is in the last stage of a five-year demapping and renovation that has turned the area into a center of community activity and commerce. As such, it is a main site for many of Queens Museum’s public art projects and festivals, including ¡Oye Corona!