As part of the dissemination project of Don Rafael Cepeda’s folkloric works, the Rafael Cepeda Foundation [Fundación Rafael Cepeda] celebrates the 100th anniversary of the man that was known as the Patriarch of Bomba and Plena (1910-2010)—Rafael Cepeda Atiles—through “Rafael Cepeda: 100 Years of Culture.” The events surrounding this celebration of Afro-Puerto Rican heritage are free and open to the general public. The festival begins today, July 8, and will continue through November 7, 2010, at the Plaza del V Centenario and Cuartel de Ballajá in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
This commemoration will include lectures, workshops, crafts demonstrations, guest artists, and an exhibition curated by artist Pablo Marcano, who also designed the commemorative poster that will be on sale at the Foundation booth. During the year, there will be activities in various towns throughout the island, organized under the concept “Noches Folklóricas de mi Pueblo.” In February the monuments of his work in the exhibition hall of the tourism company with a series of concerts and the closure of the Centennial Exhibition will be at the end of the year in July. These projects have been designed by the Fundación Rafael Cepeda, dedicated to the preservation and dissemination of the Patriarch of the Bomba and Plena Rafael Cepeda use folkloric works.
For more information (in Spanish), see http://agenda.universia.pr/otras/2010/06/23/rafael-cepeda-100-anos-de-cultura-el-centenario
For information on the Rafael Cepeda Foundation, see http://fundacionrafaelcepeda.com/default.aspx