Symphony Space to Celebrate Afro-Cuban Culture with Block Party, Concerts, Films and More This May


Symphony Space is pleased to announce the first installment of The Source Project, a weeklong celebration tracing the influence of AFRICA on New World cultures. This inaugural year focuses on Afro-Cuban culture, with an enticing mix of music, documentaries, cocktails, and a talk on the island’s undersea marvels.

The festivities begin on Sunday, May 1 (11 am – 2 pm) with “A Rumba in the Alley,” a free block party with the Román Díaz Rumba Ensemble, and culminate in a show by the Pedrito Martinez Group with a rare appearance by legendary Cuban salsa vocalist Issac Delgado on Sunday, May 8 (7 pm).

Says Symphony Space’s Artistic Director, Andrew Byrne, “For our first installment of The Source Project, I felt it was important to focus on a Caribbean nation very much in the news these days — Cuba. For one week, the sights and sounds of Afro-Cuban culture will take over Symphony Space with a street party, film series, music of many types, dancing, and even a Science talk! A special thank you to our curator for the Project, Alexa Burneikis.”

Tickets are available at As mentioned, the opening “Rumba in the Alley” on May 1 is free and open to the public.

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