Murga

Europe, Belgium, Antwerp
Art discipline: Dance, Visual Arts, Music
Participated in ICAF in: 2011
http://www.murga.be

Murga is an accessible folk cultural phenomenon with a unique intercontinental and intercultural diaspora with strong links to migration. Its roots lie in the southern Spanish port city of Cádiz, a place from which many migrants departed (or arrived). Cadíz has known its own carnavalesque tradition called chirigota since times immemorial, a satirical choir that parades through the streets. Migrants took this practice along with them to places like Cuba, Uruguay and Argentina, addes African rhythms and local political content, but also acrobatics, choreography, masks and costumes. In the '70s, Murgas, as these neighborhood-based ensembles had come to be known in Argentina since the 1920s, became heavily politicized under the Videla regime. Today, they continue to be extremely popular in that country and its immediate neighbors. And in Europe.

In 2003, a group of repatriated migrants returned to Italy and founded a Murga there, calling it the Mala Murga ['bad Murga']. In 2006, Gerardo Salinas did the same in Antwerp (Belgium). He wanted to provide a ludic, colorful, cheerful antidote to the increasing xenophobism in his adoptive hometown. Thanks to his initiative there are now some ten Murga companies in several Flemish cities and towns. He also organizes an annual Murga parade in Antwerp:

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In February 2009, received the 'Most Valuable Citizen of Antwerp' award for his Murga work.

Murga: Laagdrempelige community arts op straat

Murga is an accessible folk cultural phenomenon with a unique intercontinental and intercultural diaspora with strong links to migration. Its roots lie in the southern Spanish port city of Cádiz, a place from which many migrants departed (or arrived). Cadíz has known its own carnavalesque tradition called chirigota since times immemorial, a satirical choir that parades through the streets. Migrants took this practice along with them to places like Cuba, Uruguay and Argentina, addes African rhythms and local political content, but also acrobatics, choreography, masks and costumes. In the '70s, Murgas, as these neighborhood-based ensembles had come to be known in Argentina since the 1920s, became heavily politicized under the Videla regime. Today, they continue to be extremely popular in that country and its immediate neighbors. And in Europe.

In 2003, a group of repatriated migrants returned to Italy and founded a Murga there, calling it the Mala Murga ['bad Murga']. In 2006, Gerardo Salinas did the same in Antwerp (Belgium). He wanted to provide a ludic, colorful, cheerful antidote to the increasing xenophobism in his adoptive hometown. Thanks to his initiative there are now some ten Murga companies in several Flemish cities and towns. He also organizes an annual Murga parade in Antwerp:

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Murga: Laagdrempelige community arts op straat

Murga is an accessible folk cultural phenomenon with a unique intercontinental and intercultural diaspora with strong links to migration. Its roots lie in the southern Spanish port city of Cádiz, a place from which many migrants departed (or arrived). Cadíz has known its own carnavalesque tradition called chirigota since times immemorial, a satirical choir that parades through the streets. Migrants took this practice along with them to places like Cuba, Uruguay and Argentina, addes African rhythms and local political content, but also acrobatics, choreography, masks and costumes. In the '70s, Murgas, as these neighborhood-based ensembles had come to be known in Argentina since the 1920s, became heavily politicized under the Videla regime. Today, they continue to be extremely popular in that country and its immediate neighbors. And in Europe.

In 2003, a group of repatriated migrants returned to Italy and founded a Murga there, calling it the Mala Murga ['bad Murga']. In 2006, Gerardo Salinas did the same in Antwerp (Belgium). He wanted to provide a ludic, colorful, cheerful antidote to the increasing xenophobism in his adoptive hometown. Thanks to his initiative there are now some ten Murga companies in several Flemish cities and towns. He also organizes an annual Murga parade in Antwerp:

In February 2009, received the 'Most Valuable Citizen of Antwerp' award for his Murga work.

 

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