V Music, Identity and Cultural Congress of the Caribbean

The fifth annual “International Music, Identity and Cultural Congress” of the Caribbean (MIC) will be held from April 12-14 at the “Centro Leon” in Santiago, the Dominican Republic’s second largest city.

This year’s Congress will be dedicated to the theme “Caribbean Music and Dance Folklore in Times of Globalization.”

The city of Santiago provides a strong cultural background, also offering visitors with an exciting nightlife, excellent hotels and restaurants. For more information, please write to Mic@centroleon.org.do.

The MIC will analyze the development of folkloric music and dance in the countries and territories of the Caribbean.

It will also look into the contributions made by the Caribbean to other cultures throughout the world, and vice versa.

The perspective will be to look at cultural trends through the “globalization” experience.

Among other topics, the agenda will include discussion on the creation of a cultural heritage, the copyright issue, the impact UNESCO’s Masterpiece of Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity has had on the traditional music and dance of the Caribbean.

Also, the work being carried out by the Caribbean nations to protect and disseminate their traditional music and dance forms.

Overall, the Congress will feature 20 sessions of presentations and discussions in four parallel workshops and plenary sessions.

Also lectures, special panels, presentation of news and talk shows, as well as invited artists.

Since 2003, these conferences have contributed to the importance of Caribbean culture. Through these annual events, experts have studied the origins, influence, and role of the Caribbean and its impact on jazz, “boleros,” “salsa,” “merengue,” and other cultural manifestations.

The Congress is sponsored by the Ministry of Culture, the “Centro Leon” and the Institute of Caribbean Studies (INEC). For more information, please write to mic@centroleon.org.do.

Hodelpa Hotels in Santiago

“Centro Plaza.” Located in central Santiago, this seven-story, 86-room facility, features a beauty salon, swimming pool, sauna gymnasium and an “a la carte” restaurant with a panoramic view of the city.

“Gran Almirante.” By far, this is the largest hotel in Santiago, the country’s second largest city. It features 156 rooms and suites, swimming pool, two bars and two restaurants.

Garden Court. Next Cibao International Airport, is a hotel that combines comfort and functionality. It has 138 rooms, swimming pool, gym and bar & lounge offering a weekly show. (Www.hodelpa.com)

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