Peruvian culture builds on the legacy of the Inca, one of the world’s great ancient civilizations.
During the Spanish Colonial Era (1534-1821), there were plantations on the coast, so we have African Diaspora culture too.
Abolition brought Chinese and Japanese workers who have contributed a lot to Peruvian culture.
Peruvian food is a rich fusion.
Peruvian Culture in New York City
International commercial art priced under $12,000.
METROPOLITAN PAVILION, Chelsea, Manhattan
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Around a quarter million people enjoy this casual festival of Latin food, music, dance, beauty, and folklore from 20 Spanish-speaking countries of the Americas.
FLUSHING MEADOWS CORONA PARK
A festival of the diversity, traditions, folklore and unity of the Queens Hispanic community.
Sunday, September 24, 2023
Jackson Heights, Queens
A meditation on what it means to be “Hispanic” in America today.
New York’s big fall contemporary art fair anchors Armory Week.
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Chelsea, Greenwich Village, East Village
African, Afrobeat, Afro-Cuban, Bhangra, Bollywood, Bomba, Break Dancing, Caporales, Carnival, Dancehall, Flamenco, Folkloric, Hip-Hop, House, Jazz, Latin, Majorette, Mexican, Moko Jumbies, Reggae, Salay, Salsa, Samba, Soca, Street, Tammurriata, Tap, Tarrantella, Tinkus, and more. 🇧🇴 🇧🇷 🇨🇺 🇨🇴 🇩🇴 🇮🇹 🇯🇲 🇲🇽 🇳🇬 🇵🇪 🇵🇷 🇪🇸 🇹🇹
DANCEFEST Tompkins Square Park
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Saturday, May 20, 2023
A contemporary art fair that works to bring diverse crop of emerging artists and art galleries into the art-industrial complex.
Thursday-Saturday, May 11-13, 2023
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Sunday, May 14, 2023
BRYANT PARK DANCE PARTY
Wednesday, May 10, 2023
Talia Castro-Pozo hosts bachata, cumbia, salsa, swing, and tango dance lessons followed by live music for dancing. FREE!
La Excelencia salsa, Wed, May 3
Pedro Giraudo tango, Thu, May 4
Afro-Andean Funk cumbia, Wed, May 10
Charenee Wade’s Band of Swing, Thu, May 11
Valerio bachata, Wed, May 17
Santiago y la Orquesta salsa, Thu, May 18
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The Cisneros Institute show the power of giving.
MUSEUM OF MODERN ART
April 30 – September 9, 2023
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This is an outstanding curation of excellent films that show the power and resilience of African Diaspora culture around the world. There are American, Brazilian, British, Cuban, French, Guadeloupean, Malian and Peruvian music films.
COLOMBIA UNIVERSITY TEACHERS COLLEGE
Morningside Heights, Manhattan
Friday-Sunday, April 28-30, 2023
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This ancient European spring holiday became associated with the labor movement. The U.S. downplays it, but it’s a major holiday in the Latin world.
Monday, May 1, 2023
Tuesday, April 11, 2023
The “Stars of Today Meets the Stars of Tomorrow” Gala is our favorite ballet in New York. It’s a night with some of ballet’s biggest stars and the young winners of the Grand Prix competition.
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Monday, March 20, 2023
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MUSEUM OF THE CITY OF NEW YORK
“El Barrio” East Harlem
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Tuesday, March 28, 2023
AREQUIPA, Arequipa, Peru 🇵🇪🇪🇸
Friday, February 2, 2024
SANTA CRUZ DE TENERIFE, CANARY ISLANDS, Spain 🇪🇸
Monday, July 24, 2023
Peruvian New York
Metro New York’s main Peruvian community is centered on “Little Lima” is on Market St in Paterson, New Jersey. It’s the biggest Peruvian community in the United States.
There is a Peruvian community along Roosevelt Avenue in Jackson Heights, Queens.
New York’s Peruvian Consulate is in Midtown East. consulado.pe
You can find Peruvian culture at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Brooklyn Museum, and Queens Museum.
The Crown of the Andes in the Metropolitan Museum of Art is Colombian, but the big emerald in the crown is said to be the legendary Atahualpa Emerald which belonged to the last Inca ruler. The crown is human sized. The emerald is enormous.
Revolver Galeria is a Peruvian art gallery in the Lower East Side. revolvergaleria.com
William Cordova is a major Peruvian artist. He is represented by Sikkema Jenkins.
Nobel Prize-winning author Mario Vargas Llosa is often in New York.
Latin Mondays at Taj, New York’s most popular salsa dance parties is led by Talia Castro-Pozo, a Peruvian actress, classical ballerina, and salsera.
Melvi Davilla produces the wonderful Peru to the World Expo food festival.
- Flor de Mayo (Chinese-Peruvian) flordemayo.com
- Llama Inn (Michelin)
- Mission Ceviche (Michelin)
- Pio Pio
- Pollo d’Oro
- Riko Peruvian Cuisine
- Sen Sakama
- Suya Gastrofusion (Michelin)
- Urubamba (NYC’s oldest)
There is Peruvian jazz at Terraza 7 in Elmhurst, Queens; Barbès in Park Slope, Brooklyn; and SOB’s in Hudson Square, Manhattan.
Araceli Poma plays an Indigenous jazz fusion.
Chicha Libre isn’t very active now, and they are not Peruvian, but they play cumbia based on Peruvian Chica which is pretty cool. It’s sort of cumbia-surf-rock based out of Barbès, Brooklyn.
Efraín Rozas, the Peruvian musician and technologist, fronts psychedelic salsa rockers La Mecánica Popular.
Gabriel Alegría is one of New York City’s leading Peruvian jazz musicians.
Susana Baca is a famous advocate of Afro-Peruvian culture. @susana_baca_oficial
Tony Succar is a Miami Peruvian timbalero who won 2019 Latin Grammy Awards for Salsa Album and Producer of the Year.
Peru is defined by the Andes mountains with a dry coastal plain on one side and Amazonian jungle on the other.
Cusco was the capital of the Inca, one of the great civilizations of South America. Spanish colonizers first controlled South America from Lima.
Peru still has a strong Indigenous culture with Afro-Peruvian culture along the coast. The descendents of the Inca remain in the Andes with different Indigenous peoples in the Amazonian highlands. The coastal capital, Lima, was once considered an African city.
Peruvian UNESCO World Heritage Sites
The ancient Inca sanctuary city of Machu Picchu is an icon of Peru, but we have many World Heritage Sites. These include:
- Arequipa, a colonial city with Indigenous influences
- Caral-Supe, an ancient sacred city of the Norte Chico civilization
- Chan Chan, the ancient capital of the Chimú culture
- Chavín de Huantar, an ancient Andean city
- Cusco, the ancient Inca capital
- Huascarán National Park, high Andean mountains around Peru’s tallest peak
- Lima City Center, the colonial city center founded in 1535
- Manú National Park, a biosphere preserve
- Nazca Lines, the famous earth drawings (400-650) that can only be seen from the air
- Qhapaq Ñan Andean Road System, these ancient Inca roads run from Colombia to Chile/Argentina.
- Río Abiseo National Park, a rainforest park with many pre-Columbian sites