Colombian NYC

Colombian NYC is Cumbia, Salsa, VallenatoTango, Reggaeton and more. We bring art, dancers, telenovelas, literature, coffee, and flowers.

Hispanic Day Parade 2019

Sunday, October 13, 2019
MIDTOWN, NYC ~ Twenty-one countries from around the world celebrate our Hispanic Heritage on Fifth Avenue

Colombian Salsa legends Grupo Niche play Kupferberg Center

Saturday, October 19, 2019
FLUSHING, Queens ~ Colombian salsa legends play their hits ‘Cali Pachanguero’, ‘Un Aventura’ and more

Bulla en el Barrio sings Colombian Bullerengue of San Basilio de Palenque

Monday, October 28, 2019
PARK SLOPE, Brooklyn ~ This Colombian women’s song and dance from San Basilio de Palenque, the first free African town in the Americas, is at Barbès

Celebrate National Chocolate Day

Monday, October 28, 2019
Chocolate, made from cocoa, is native to the upper Amazon of Colombia and Venezuela. It was domesticated in Guatemala and Mexico. Spanish priests took it to Europe.

Grupo Rebolu is Afro-Colombian Caribbean dance music

Monday, October 28, 2019
WILLIAMSBURG, Brooklyn ~ The Colombians get everybody dancing at Brooklyn Bowl

“El coronel no tiene quien le escriba” Colombian theatre at Repertorio

Friday, November 1, 2019
KIPS BAY, NYC ~ Colombian director Jorge Alí Triana’s off-broadway theatre adaptation of the classic Gabriel García Márquez story about how history repeats itself is at Repertorio Español

20th Latin Grammys 2019 are the biggest night in Latin music

Thu, November 14, 2019
LAS VEGAS, Nevada ~ Watch the Latin Grammy Awards on Univision

Día de las Velitas, a Colombian holiday tradition

Saturday, December 7, 2019
Colombian Christmas tradition
COLOMBIA ~ Colombians across the country, famously in Medellín, light rows and rows of candles to commemorate the people’s anticipation of the Vatican’s proclamation of the Immaculate Conception in December 8, 1854

Celebrate La Novena de Navidad, the Christmas Novena

December 16-24
This nine-day prayer cycle is a Colombian, Ecuadorian and Venezuelan Christmas tradition

Carnival, Carnaval, Carnevale

Jan 6 – Feb 25, 2020
This Italian Catholic winter festival spread to France, Spain and Portugal, and then around the Latin world in colonial times

La Virgen de Chiquinquirá is patron saint of Colombia

Thursday, July 9, 2020
CHIQUINQUIRÁ, Colombia ~ This Virgin Mary, the patron saint of Colombia received her Canonical Coronation on July 9, 1919

Celebrate Colombian Independence Day “20 de Julio”

Monday, July 20, 2020
BOGOTÁ ~ The Colombian national day celebrates the people’s protests which inspired the formation of a government independent from Spain on July 20, 1810

Simón Bolívar is the George Washington of South America

Friday, July 24, 2020
CARACAS, Venezuela ~ Simón Bolívar “El Libertador,” the founding father of Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Panama, Peru and Venezuela, was born on July 24, 1783

Colombian Parade NYC 2019 ~ Desfile Colombiano New York ¡Cafeteros!

GALA Friday, July 26, 2019
PARADE & FESTIVAL Sunday, July 28, 2019
JACKSON HEIGHTS, Queens ~ New York City’s celebration of our Colombian heritage includes a wreath laying, gala, parade and street fair after party

FIFA World Soccer Rankings

Thursday, July 25, 2019
ZÜRICH, SWITZERLAND ~ USA women are #1. 70% of the top ten men’s teams are Latin: Brazil, France, Uruguay, Portugal, Colombia, Spain and Argentina

Junta Hispana 2019 Hispanic street fair at Flushing Meadows Corona Park

Sunday, July 21, 2019
FLUSHING MEADOWS CORONA PARK, Queens ~ Family entertainment, games, food and kiosks from twenty Hispanic countries. FREE ~ CANCELLED DUE TO NYC’S DANGEROUS HEAT ADVISORY

Afro-Latino Festival 2019 brings the African diaspora home

Fri-Sat, July 12-13, 2019
DOWNTOWN, Brooklyn ~ Mariachi Flor de Toloache and José Alberto “El Canario” headline this festival of concerts, talks and food from the African diaspora

Dance Theatre of Harlem 50th at New York City Center

NEW YORK CITY CENTER, MIDTOWN; Wed, Fri-Sat, Apr 10, 12 & 13; African-American classical ballet ~ One of New York City’s great ballet companies honors its founder who we lost last year

Havana Film Festival New York celebrates 20 years

MANHATTAN, BRONX, QUEENS; PREFEST Apr 5-8, FEST Apr 9-16, 2019; Latin American film festival ~ Argentine, Brazilian, Chilean, Colombian, Cuban, Dominican, Mexican, Peruvian & Spanish movies, red carpet & parties, plus Cuban ballet legend CARLOS ACOSTA

ArtExpo 2019 contemporary art & photography fair at Pier 90

HELL’S KITCHEN; Fri-Sun, Apr 4-7, 2019 ~ One of New York City’s big contemporary art fairs has independent artist [SOLO] and photography [FOTO SOLO] sections

New Directors / New Films 48 at Film Society & MoMA

LINCOLN CENTER & MIDTOWN; daily, Mar 27 – April 7, 2019; Film festival ~ New Argentine, Brazilian, Colombian, French & Mexican filmmakers curated by NYC’s most respected film presenters

Ballet Hispánico stretches Latino horizons at The Joyce

CHELSEA; Tue-Sun, Mar 26-31, 2019; Cuban contemporary dance theatre ~ Explore the Latin diaspora with Annabelle Lopez Ochoa (Colombian), Edwaard Liang (Chinese) & Bennyroyce Royon (Filipino)

Armory Show 2019 contemporary art fair at Piers 90, 92 & 94

HELL’S KITCHEN; Armory Week Thu-Sun, Mar 7-10, 2019; Modern, Post War, Contemporary art fair ~ Armory Week art fairs ride along with this huge art fair of international art with African, Argentine, Brazilian, Colombian, Cuban, French, French-Canadian, Italian, Portuguese, Romanian and Spanish galleries

Film Comment Selects 2019 at Film Society

LINCOLN CENTER, Wed-Sun, Feb 6-10, 2019, Film festival with Brazilian, Chilean, French & Spanish movies curated by Film Comment magazine editors.

Latin Grammys 2018 ~ the biggest night in Latin music

UNIVISION, November 15, 2018 ~ Jorge Drexler (Uruguay), Luis Miguel (Mexico), and Rosalía (Spain) were 2018’s big winners. Watch videos of all the winners in this story.

Fashion donated by celebs, socialites & designers benefits Women Together

November 8, 2018, Thursday
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Museum of Arts and Design
Midtown, Manhattan
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This sale of gently or never used items donated from NYC women’s wardrobes benefits social development in Colombian, Dominican and Mexican artisanal communities by Women Together
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FREE

Casita Maria Fiesta 2018 (Photos)

PLAZA HOTEL, MIDTOWN, Tue, October 16, 2018 ~ Jacqueline Weld Drake, Dayssi Olarte De Kanavos, Carlos Souza & Mary Snow support youth education in the South Bronx, Harlem & East Harlem

Hispanic Day Parade 2018 ~ Desfile de la Hispanidad

Sunday, October 14, 2018
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Fifth Avenue
(44th to 69th Street)
Midtown – Upper East Side Manhattan
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Argentine, Bolivian, Belizean, Chilean, Colombian, Costa Rican, Cuban, Dominican, Ecuadorian, Guatemalan, Honduran, Mexican, Nicaraguan, Panamanian, Paraguayan, Peruvian, Puerto Rican, Salvadoran, Spanish, Uruguayan and Venezuelan cultures

SummerStage 2018 FREE Latin concerts in NYC parks

JUNE – SEPTEMBER
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Central Park SummerStage
Rumsey Playfield, Central Park
Parks across NYC

US Open Tennis 2018 Nadal, Halep, Del Potro, Garcia, Fognini

Argentine, Brazilian, Chilean, Colombian, French, Italian, Romanian, Spanish players including the #1 men’s and women’s singles players.
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USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center
Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens
August 27-September 9, 2018
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ROUND OF 16
Sunday – Monday
September 2 – 3, 2018
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QUARTER FINALS
Tuesday – Wednesday
September 4 – 5, 2018
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SEMI FINALS
Thursday – Friday
September 6 – 7, 2018
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FINALS
Saturday – Sunday
September 8 – 9, 2018

New York International Salsa Congress 2018

Marriott Marquis
Times Square Theater District, Manhattan
Thursday – Monday
August 30 – September 3, 2018

Geraint Thomas wins Tour de France 2018

Colombian, French, Italian & Spanish riders.
July 7 – 29, 2018
Tour de France 2018 winners:
TIME Geraint Thomas (British)
POINTS Peter Sagan (Slovakian)
CLIMBER Julian Alaphilippe (French)
YOUNG Pierre Roger Latour (French)
TEAM Movistar (Spanish)
COMBATIVE Daniel Martin (Irish)
COLOMBIAN
Nairo Quintana finishes 10th time, 8th climber.
Egan Arley Bernal Gomez 2nd youth
Daniel Felipe Martinez Poveda 5th youth

BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! 2018 ~ African, Colombian, Chilean, Mexican

African, Chilean, Colombian, French-Canadian & Mexican music, dance and film.
Prospect Park Bandshell, Brooklyn
June 5 – August 11, 2018
FREE


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Colombian New York City

‘Crown of the Andes,’ Colombian art at the Met Museum

Daily
Colombian Ecuadorian Peruvian Indigenous Inca art
UPPER EAST SIDE, permanent collection ~ This Marion crown from Popayán, Colombia contains the legendary Atahualpa Emerald which belonged to the last Inca emperor

Bergdorf Goodman is NYC’s most luxurious department store

Daily
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Midtown, Manhattan
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NYC’s most luxurious department store also has the most elegant Christmas windows

Metropolitan Museum of Art

Daily
UPPER EAST SIDE, NYC ~ New York’s encyclopedia of art

Terraza 7

It’s a tropical experience. Lots of great local Latin Jazz artists play.
40-19 Gleane Street
at Roosevelt Ave
Elmhurst / Jackson Heights, Queens
Nightly

American Museum of Natural History

Daily
UPPER WEST SIDE, NYC ~ Human cultures and the natural world includes us all

Brooklyn Museum

Wednesday-Sunday
PROSPECT PARK, Brooklyn ~ NYC’s second biggest museum has good collections of African and Pre-Columbian art. First Saturdays are a Free party.

National Museum of the American Indian

FINANCIAL DISTRICT, Daily ~ This branch of the Smithsonian does great bilingual exhibitions. FREE

Colombian Consulate New York

10 East 46th St
between Fifth & Madison
Midtown East, Manhattan
Closed weekends


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Colombian Festivals

Barranquilla Carnival 2020 is the world’s second biggest Carnival

February 22-25, 2020
BARRANQUILLA, Colombia ~ This Colombian carnival festival is a unique blend of Colombian, Caribbean and Latin culture

Colombian Parade NYC 2019 ~ Desfile Colombiano New York ¡Cafeteros!

GALA Friday, July 26, 2019
PARADE & FESTIVAL Sunday, July 28, 2019
JACKSON HEIGHTS, Queens ~ New York City’s celebration of our Colombian heritage includes a wreath laying, gala, parade and street fair after party

Colombian Flower Festival Parade 2019

GALA Friday, July 12, 2019
PARADE Sunday, July 14, 2019
JACKSON HEIGHTS, Queens ~ This Colombian flower festival is New York’s version of the Feria de las Flores (Flower Festival) in Medellín, Colombia

Colombian Film Festival New York 2019 at Cinépolis

CHELSEA; Mar 28-31, 2019; Colombian film festival movies ~ The best of the last year’s crop of movies made in Colombia

ColombiaFest V ~ Colombian Food, Art, Investing & Gusi

October 20 – 21, 2018
Saturday – Sunday
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Penn Plaza Pavilion
Chelsea, Manhattan
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Taste the richness of Colombian food, art and culture. Explore opportunities to invest in Colombia. Colombians can receive basic consular services from the Colombian consulates of New York and Newark. Vallenato and Cumbia Pop star Gusi headlines.
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FREE with registration

6th Colombian Film Festival NY 2018

Cinépolis Chelsea
Chelsea, Manhattan
Thursday – Sunday
March 22 – 25, 2018

Encuentro NYC Colombian Music Festival

Colombian music and dance for the entire family
Le Poisson Rouge
Greenwich Village
Saturday, December 3, 2016


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Colombians

Remember Joe Arroyo the Colombian Salsa Legend

Friday, November 1, 2019
CARTAGENA, Colombia ~ The greatest Colombian salsa singer of all time was born on November 1, 1955. ‘Rebelión (No le pegue a la negra)’, ‘En Barranquilla me quedo’, ‘La Noche’

Gabriel García Márquez, Colombian Nobel Prize winning author

Friday, March 6, 2020
ARACATACA, Colombia ~ The Nobel Prize-winning author and leading writer of Magical Realism was born on March 6, 1927

Alex Sensation is New York City’s top Hispanic DJ

97.9 FM
Monday-Saturday

John Leguizamo teaches ‘Latin History for Morons’

NETFLIX, Oct 25, 2018 ~ Leguizamo makes it funny, but our ignorance of our own culture is no joke. We have a lot to be proud of – in our own culture and in our contributions to American culture.
# colombian latin history netflix tv broadway off-broadway

Sofia Vergara

Forbes reports Sofia Vergara, the Colombian-American star of “Modern Family” is the highest paid actor in television

jetBlue is New York City’s main airline for travel to the Caribbean

John F. Kennedy Airport (JFK)
Queens
TO Cuba, Dominican Republic, & Puerto Rico
TO Costa Rica & Mexico
TO Colombia, Ecuador & Peru

J Balvin is on his Arcoíris Tour

Sun, September 29, 2019
CHELSEA, NYC ~ The Colombian Reggaeton star brings his pop art infused Arcoíris Tour (Rainbow Tour) to Madison Square Garden

Carlos Gardel, Argentine tango icon, Latin movie idol, International Day of Tango

Wed, December 11, 2019
TOULOUSE, France ~ Charles Romuald Gardès, the iconic Argentine tango singer and world’s second Latin movie idol, was born on December 11, 1890

Maluma 11:11 Tour

Friday, October 4, 2019
CHELSEA, NYC ~ The sexy Colombian reggaeton and latin trap singer is stopping in New York at Madison Square Garden

Nicky Jam Puerto Rican-Dominican reggaeton at United Palace

Friday, May 10, 2019
Live music Puerto Rican Dominican reggaeton
WASHINGTON HEIGHTS, NYC ~ After three 2018 Latin Grammy nominations, Nicky brings his Intimo Tour uptown

Latin Grammys 2018 ~ the biggest night in Latin music

UNIVISION, November 15, 2018 ~ Jorge Drexler (Uruguay), Luis Miguel (Mexico), and Rosalía (Spain) were 2018’s big winners. Watch videos of all the winners in this story.

Medellín is the business and cultural capital of Colombia, in the same way that New York City is the business and cultural capital of the United States.

Most Colombian New Yorkers are “paisas” from Antioquia Department (state), of which Medellín is the capital. Like New Yorkers, paisas are very sharp business people.

Many paisas have a Lebanese or Jewish heritage. We speak castellano Spanish like the Argentines. We say “vos” not “tú” and and say “sh” instead of “s” or “ll.”

We also have one of the world’s strongest Tango cultures outside of Argentina. It’s very normal for us to drink with friends while listening to tangos and sharing our encyclopedic knowledge of the songs and orchestras. We collect tangos the way American kids used to collect baseball cards.

We had a difficult time in the 1980s and 1990s from gangsters profiting from the American need to use drugs. Those days are long gone now, just as New York City is nothing like it was in the 1970s and 1980s.

Today Medellín is considered to be one of the best cities to live in South America. It won the Lee Kuan Yew World City Prize in 2016.

There is a softer reggaeton coming out of Medellín these days which includes artists like J Balvin and Maluma, and Puerto Ricans like Nicky Jam and Farruko.


 

Colombian Salsa legends Grupo Niche play Kupferberg Center

Saturday, October 19, 2019
FLUSHING, Queens ~ Colombian salsa legends play their hits ‘Cali Pachanguero’, ‘Un Aventura’ and more

Colombia is famous for Cumbia, Vallenato and Colombian Salsa. Colombia is the home of Magical Realism in literature. Colombia produces very good telenovelas. You can watch some on Netflix.

Colombian artist Fernando Botero is the most valued contemporary Latin American artist. There are public Botero sculptures in Time Warner Center and at 900 Park Avenue on the Upper East Side.

Colombia is famous for the beauty of its women. New York Latin Culture is inspired by one.

Colombia is a multicultural country with many distinct regional cultures. The old Spanish culture remains strong. In fact the Spanish land grants weren’t broken up until the 1970s.

The capital Bogotá in the Andes has a traditional Spanish culture. Bogotá is famous for the clarity of its language. If you want to learn Spanish, try to learn from an upper-class Colombian from Bogotá. People will think you speak really good Spanish. Bogotá is a political capital like Washington D.C.

Most Colombian New Yorkers come from Medellín. It’s the Colombian business capital  in the same way that New York City is the business capital of the United States. “Paisas” are famous for their fast-talking business acumen. Medellín has a Tango culture like Argentina. Carlos Gardel, the iconic Tango singer, died in a plane crash in Medellín.

Cali is the home of Colombian Salsa. The stage version is popular. At house parties in Colombia, everybody wants to dance with Caleños.

The Atlantic Coast has a Caribbean culture with Cumbia, Porro, and Mapalé. The city of Barranquilla is one of the few Latin American cities that was built by the people. It was not built by the Spaniards. Cartagena is a beautiful old coastal Spanish city. It is famously the setting for the Gabriel García Márquez classic “Love in the Time of Cholera.” It would be nice to retire in Cartagena some day.

The Pacific Coast has an African culture with Currulao.  Colombia has an Amazonián culture similar to Brazil’s.

Colombia also has an Orinoquía culture. That region is similar to the Great Plains in the middle of the United States. The Colombian Harp is from there.

There is an Insular culture associated with Colombia’s Caribbean and Pacific islands. The San Andrés islands in the Caribbean have a Reggae culture.

Now that Colombia has found peace, it is a great place to visit and enjoy the country’s many cultures.

There are public Fernando Botero sculptures in Time Warner Center and on the Upper East Side. Dulce Vida Cafe in the Upper East Side and Empanada Mama on the Lower East side serve different takes on Colombian food.

Colombia is also present on Broadway. Colombian dancer Sergio Trujillo did the choreography for “Jersey Boys,” “On Your Feet!,” and “A Bronx Tale.” Colombian journalist Ernesto Londoño sits on the New York Times Editorial Board. Ximena, the muse of New York Latin Culture is Colombian.