After starting the year with a successful Colombia at Park edition taking more than 22,000 people to different parts of the city and showed Bogota as a stage, the makes Instituto Distrital de las Artes - Idartes its first announcements of international artists invited to the editions of Festivals at Park taking place throughout 2022.
Love of lesbian (Spain), Trueno (Argentina), Andy Montañez (Puerto Rico), Ilegales (Spain), Batushka (Poland), David Sanchez (Puerto Rico), Christina Rosenvinge (Spain), Crypta (Netherlands and Brazil), Evile (UK), Natos y Waor (Spain), Miranda! (Argentina) and Maelo Ruiz (Puerto Rico) the first names confirmed for these festivals.
The next major metropolitan events to be held will be Salsa at Park on June 4 and 5, followed by 25 years of Hip Hop at Park on July 2 and 3, Jazz at Park on September 17 and 18 and Rock at Park, which will have four days in its 2022 edition, on November 26 and 27 and December 3 and 4 as recently announced by the Bogota Mayor’s Office.
This is an artistic curatorship maintaining the mission consolidating the Festivals at Park for more than 20 years as spaces, in addition to presenting local and national artists, allow a look at the music from other countries and not necessarily within the commercial circuits or world tours including Colombia in their destinations.
“Festivals at Park have always been characterized for bringing the public a musical offer they will not be able to find in any other major festival in the city and for exploring far beyond the commercial circuits, to make programs showing different current musical trends, as well as taking sound memories having built their own history as well as guest countries’ history to the stage”, says Catalina Valencia, Idartes director.
So, the Festivals at Park will feature classics such as the legendary Puerto Rican salsa singer Andy Montañez, who turns 80 and will pay tribute to the 64 years of his artistic career, and his compatriot Maelo Ruiz, a romantic salsa benchmark; and also Illegales from Spain, representatives of raw rock and punk music, who will arrive in Colombia to celebrate their 40 years of uninterrupted career with the album “Lucha por la vida” (struggle for life).
Consolidated artists in their countries and with a large number of plays on music platforms will be also coming to Bogota. The debut will be made by the Argentinian Trueno, freestyle battle champion, aged 20 and with only one studio album has quickly conquered the public in Latin America, demonstrated by the massive attendance to their concerts in the recent versions of Lollapalooza in Chile and Vive Latino in Mexico. Likewise, Natos y Waor from Spain will be there, coming from the underground hip hop movement to be at the top of Spanish rap, with their own game rules within the music industry and enjoying great popularity.
Another group that will debut at Festivals at Park is Crypta, from Brazil and the Netherlands, the new proposal from former members of well-known metal bands such as Nervosa, Burning Witches and Hagbard, getting great acclaim with their first album Echoes of the soul. From the United Kingdom will arrive Evile, a sonorous bet for thrash metal with a solid discography consolidating them as one of the current genre representatives and, Batushka from Poland one of the leading bands the online concerts: Park Music to the Idartes House in 2020 during the confinement, and who will now debut on stage in Colombia, with their particular staging, where musicians cover up their identity by wearing black coats with orthodox symbols.
Another guest from Spain is Love of Lesbian, the most prominent rock band in their country at the moment, having already a consolidated fan base in Colombia and will perform for the very first time in the Simon Bolivar Metropolitan Park and, the Puerto Rican David Sanchez as a representative of Latin jazz, a benchmark of this musical genre, his very first concert in Bogota, recognized as one of the best saxophonists of his generation, nominated several times and Grammy winner, with more than 30 years of artistic career.
Two artists returning to the Festivals at Park are the Spanish Christina Rosenvinge, who will celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Christina y Los Subterráneos album “Que me parta un rayo (May I be struck by lightning)” with a special show, the album making her popular with songs such as “1.000 piezas (1,000 pieces)”, “Alguien que me cuide (someone who takes care of me)” or Tú por mí (you for me);
The first artist line-up announcement for Festivals at Park is now complete with these twelve names. The next one is Salsa at Park, on June 4 and 5, which will be preceded by a whole month dedicated to salsa, featuring activities on four weekends in May, offering dancers, DJ and artists throughout the city, within the reach of Bogota citizens. The activity schedule will be available soon at www.idartes.gov.co.