Folklore Workshop at Ocu, sponsored by Melo
Groups from different towns in the surrounding area arrived very early in the morning.
Kids were divided up according to their main folk interest. Here we see some of them practicing on the violin.
Another group perfected their abilities in traditional dances.
Students helped each other during the workshops.
Older folklore practitioners were on hand to share their experiences with the students.
The workshop was organized by the Foundation for Culture and Folklore, lead by Mr. Olmedo Carrasquilla Alberola, left.
This event is very successfull because of the personalized attention given to young folklore students.
Attendants try to soak up as much knowledge as possible during the intensive sessions.
Interest was so high that even during recess kids would still practice.
Meanwhile, the dance practices were taking place, under the supervision of Mr. Pastor Falconett, from Guarare.
Lunch time arrived and all participants received meals prepared with Melo chicken.
The next activity was a cultural performance by representatives of several towns of the region. Here we see two musicians from Macaracas.
Folklore practitioners spoke about the importance of such learning activities.
Young ladies Erika and Angelica, known for their participation in a folklore TV reality show for kids, joined the cast of performers.
Advanced participants of the workshop joined many of the performances such as this tamborito.
The foundation took advantage of the venue to aknowledge folklorists who contribute to the workshop, such as Mr. Rafael Batista.
Another of the contributors aknowledged was Mr. Manuel Garcia.
Next, a folk academy from the town of Guarare performed several acts.
The audience enjoyed all the performances of the cultural afternoon.
The closing act included traditional dances by some of the workshop attendees.
Since 2011, the Foundation for Culture and Folklore, headed by Mr. Olmedo Carrasquilla Alberla, organizes a series of intensive workshops about folklore in the town of Ocu. The event is sponsored by Melo Group and it aims to develop the emerging talents of young people interested in the folklore of Panama.
Some of the disciplines taught at the workshop are violin and mejorana playing, tamborito, folk dances, written and sung decimas. Children from Ocu, as well as from other towns such as Guarare and Macaracas attend, in order to acquire knowledge from older folklore practitioners.
We feel very fortunate to have joined this event and to congratulate organizers, sponsors and participants for being part of this type of event, which are very important for the preservation of our Panamanian heritage.