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A Journey from Ancient Times: Peruvians in New Jersey

The Garden State is home to one of the largest Peruvian communities in the United States. This exhibit showcases the history, cultural traditions, and American experiences of this community—one of the fastest growing Latino groups in New Jersey.
Curated by Ingrid Betancourt, in collaboration with members of the Peruvian Exhibit Organizing Committee.

Dates: September 17 - December 31, 2009
Time: During library hours
Location: Second Floor Gallery
Main Library
5 Washington Street


Opening Reception
Thursday, September 17, 2009
6:00 pm
Centennial Hall – Second Floor

Dr. Carlos López Cano Vieira, international lecturer and professor at the Algarve University, Portugal, will be the featured speaker at the opening reception of the Library's 2009 Hispanic Heritage Celebration and exhibition.

Dances from the Land of the Inca – Children's Program
Saturday, September 19, 2009
2:00 pm
Centennial Hall – Second Floor

dancersYoung dancers present a dazzling performance of traditional music and dance from the different regions of Peru while showcasing each area's colorful, authentic attire. This performance by award-wining members of the Peruvian Arts & Folklore School features interactive elements with the audience, as well as brief explanations about the history and symbolism of the dances and songs presented.

Peruvian Journalists' Day
Challenges Facing Peruvians Abroad: What is the Role of the Press?

Thursday, October 1, 2009
5:30 - 8:30 pm
Centennial Hall – Second Floor

Blanca Rosa Vílchez (UNIVISION) Néstor Ikeda (The Associated Press AP, Washington, DC) Miguel Vivanco (correspondent, El Comercio de Lima, Washington, DC) Pedro A. Espinoza (former director "El Chasqui" - founded by OHCAPERUSA in 1979)

Peruvian socio-political cartoonist, Carlos Bernales CABE, will present and discuss a sampling of the political caricatures he has created during his 25 years in journalism.

For more information please call, 201-538-1736 or e-mail

logo_colegio_de_periodistasOrganized by Colegio de Periodistas del Perú, Filial USA. Cosponsored by the Newark Public Library, the Peruvian American National Roundtable (PANR) and the National Association of Journalists (NAHJ) North Jersey Chapter.

Ballet Folklórico Perú
Saturday, October 3, 2009
2:00 pm
Centennial Hall – Second Floor

dancersOne of most respected and beloved Peruvian folkloric groups based in the East Coast of the United States, this extraordinary group presents a rich repertoire of authentic dances from the Amazon, the Andes, the Coast, and Afro-Peruvian communities.

Soy Andina
Saturday, October 10, 2009
2:00 pm
Auditorium – Fourth Floor

dancersThe dazzling story of two women raised in different worlds, an immigrant folk dancer from the Andes and a modern dancer from Queens, NY, who return to Peru to reconnect with their roots and an astonishing world of traditional dance and celebration. The director/producer will be present to provide commentary and take questions from the audience. Subtitled in English and Spanish.

An Evening of Peruvian Prose, Poetry, and Music
Thursday, October 15, 2009
5:30 pm
Auditorium – Fourth Floor

Enjoy a poetry reading by three contemporary Peruvian poets, the presentation of the new memoir, Las Luces del Retorno by Tony Escudero, introduced by journalist/writer Liliana Bringas; and the vibrant melodies of Pablo Canela's guitar.

Waiting for Miracles
Saturday, October 24, 2009
2:00 pm
Auditorium – Fourth Floor

men_carrying_religious_iconEvery year in October, thousands of Peruvians flood the streets in Peru and in countries all over the world where Peruvians immigrants have migrated and settled over the past fifty years to honor El Señor de los Milagros (the Lord of Miracles). This fascinating documentary by Ulla Dalum Berg follows a Peruvian Catholic brotherhood as it prepares for its yearly procession honoring El Señor de los Milagros. This compelling film explores the power of faith in the lives of Peruvian immigrants in New York City. In Spanish with English subtitles. More information

Tahuantinsuyo: Music of the Andes
Saturday, November 7, 2009
2:00 pm
Centennial Hall – Second Floor

musiciansThe Quechua name for the Inca empire was Tahuantinsuyo, which means the Four Regions of the World. Using a spectacular slide show as a backdrop, this pioneer folk music group takes us on a visual and musical tour of the Inca world. Their rhythms, melodies, and instruments are part of an ancient musical tradition, and their haunting sounds transcend place and time.

The Library's Hispanic Heritage Celebration is made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts and administered by the Essex County Division of Cultural and Historic Affairs.

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