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Stage Garden Rumba is back in South Bronx community gardens!

Where Art Meets Green!

Stage Garden Rumba is an open invitation for all New Yorkers to experience the cultural riches, green spaces, and vibrant Casitas of the South Bronx! Our 2023 series comes at you pumped-up with new in-person performances! The series will again feature extraordinary ARTISTS—actors, singers, dancers, and writers;  ACTIVISTS with the pulse of local, national, and international struggle and social justice; and COMMUNITY MEMBERS, just like you! Hyperlocal and universal, Stage Garden Rumba brings together voices of joy and revolution to fuel our collective imagination and propel us into the future.

This year’s theme: Boogie Down Wellness & Mental Health

Curatorial team:
Julia Gutiérrez-Rivera, Edwin Pagán, Caridad De La Luz and Jorge B. Merced.

Click below for artist lineup per location!

September 16 at Pregones Theater > Click To Open

Date: Saturday, September 16, 2023
Time: 2pm to 6pm
Location: Pregones Theater, 575 Walton Avenue, Bronx, NY 10451

EMCEE
  • Caridad De La Luz is a multifaceted performer also known as “La Bruja.” She raps, acts, sings, hosts, dances, writes, and teaches others how to do the same. Winner of the Jerome Hill Artist Fellowship 2020-2021, she has been one of America’s leading spoken word poets for over 15 years.
MUSIC
  • DeLaCeiba is an Hondureño born poet/rapper/DJ/scholar/father/husband/activist that grew up in South Central Los Angeles.
  • Los Pleneros de la 21 Founded in 1983, the intergenerational ensemble creates infectious sounds combining raw percussion elements of Puerto Rican Bomba & Plena genres with contemporary and urban styles, like son, salsa, jazz and hip hop.
  • Circa ’95 is an independent Afro-Latino Hip-Hop music group. Patty Dukes and Reph are Puerto Rican & Dominican by way of The Bronx and Washington Heights. They rhyme seamlessly through English and Spanish.
  • Bulla en el Barrio is a bullerengue ensemble based in New York City. Founded by Carolina Oliveros in 2015, the group has promoted the Afro-Colombian expression and practice across venues, spaces and throughout communities across the city. Through their collective and inclusive work, they have emphasized the open space of bullerengue, welcoming any participant to enjoy and learn of their music and culture.
POETRY
  • Brother North – Luis Cañada: Hailing from the rugged streets of the South Bronx, Brother North is an MC/poet who proudly emphasizes an original in your face sound, and a thought provoking rap edge. With his descriptive heart of the Bronx lyrics, Brother North is clear on what his lyrics and music represents. It’s music and poetry for the have-nots and underdogs.
  • Rise Felicia – Felicia Cade: International Poet, Author, and World Activist. Born and raised in Long Beach, Ca. Felicia has been named one of LA County’s most prominent Poets and has grown a city wide reputation as “The Voice Of A Rising Generation”. Felicia’s work is true to her handle @risefelicia. It raises humanity to a new and inclusive space of thought, Unity, and Love. She is an experience and an ever unfolding Poem.Along with teaching and performing internationally Felicia has two published books “Collected Pieces & Shed Skin” and “Hallway Confessions”.
  • Laney – Delaney Jocelyn: 18 year old poet known as Laney, born and raised in Orlando, Florida. She has been performing spoken word poetry since October of 2019 with Exodus United, and has since fallen in love with the art form. She’s currently a freshman at NYU hoping to create more forms of Art therapy. To her, poetry serves as both a teacher and healer and she seeks to do the same for others through her poems.
ACTIVISM
  • Mercedes Aguirre Saenz – Mental Health

ARTISANS

  • Stacey Toro
September 30 at Rincón Criollo > Click To Open

Date: Saturday, September 30, 2023
Time: 2pm to 6pm
Location: Rincón Criollo, 749 Brook Ave & 157th St, Bronx, NY 10451

EMCEE
  • Caridad De La Luz is a multifaceted performer also known as “La Bruja.” She raps, acts, sings, hosts, dances, writes, and teaches others how to do the same. Winner of the Jerome Hill Artist Fellowship 2020-2021, she has been one of America’s leading spoken word poets for over 15 years.
MUSIC
  • DeLaCeiba is an Hondureño born poet/rapper/DJ/scholar/father/husband/activist that grew up in South Central Los Angeles.
  • Bulla en el Barrio is a bullerengue ensemble based in New York City. Founded by Carolina Oliveros in 2015, the group has promoted the Afro-Colombian expression and practice across venues, spaces and throughout communities across the city. Through their collective and inclusive work, they have emphasized the open space of bullerengue, welcoming any participant to enjoy and learn of their music and culture.
  • Bambula Project: Puerto Rican Bassist Alex “Apolo” Ayala-Berríos blends his Afro-Caribbean roots with Jazz language, in his intricately and beautifully arranged musical project, “The Bámbula Project”. Through this quartet, he creates an effortless yet equally complex pacing between bomba, blues, jazz, swing and more. The project released a full length album in 2022, under Truth Revolution Recording Collective, and has been amazing audiences throughout the New York tri-State area and Puerto Rico in every performance.
POETRY
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ACTIVISM
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ARTISANS

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October 14 at Sunshine Garden > Click To Open

Date: Saturday, October 14, 2023
Time: 2pm to 6pm
Location: Sunshine Garden, 174th & Bryant Ave, Bronx, NY 10460

EMCEE
  • Caridad De La Luz is a multifaceted performer also known as “La Bruja.” She raps, acts, sings, hosts, dances, writes, and teaches others how to do the same. Winner of the Jerome Hill Artist Fellowship 2020-2021, she has been one of America’s leading spoken word poets for over 15 years.
MUSIC
  • DeLaCeiba is an Hondureño born poet/rapper/DJ/scholar/father/husband/activist that grew up in South Central Los Angeles.
POETRY
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ACTIVISM
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ARTISANS

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October 28 TBA > Click To Open

Date: Saturday, October 28, 2023
Time: 2pm to 6pm
Location: TBA

EMCEE
  • Caridad De La Luz is a multifaceted performer also known as “La Bruja.” She raps, acts, sings, hosts, dances, writes, and teaches others how to do the same. Winner of the Jerome Hill Artist Fellowship 2020-2021, she has been one of America’s leading spoken word poets for over 15 years.
MUSIC
  • DeLaCeiba is an Hondureño born poet/rapper/DJ/scholar/father/husband/activist that grew up in South Central Los Angeles.
  • Jadele McPherson
  • Bambula Project
  • BPCW Next Gen
POETRY
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ACTIVISM
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ARTISANS

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STAGE GARDEN RUMBA is two-time winner of The Lincoln Center Cultural Innovation Fund. This FREE arts program is made possible, in part, by Con Edison and the J. L. Greene Arts Access Fund in The New York Community Trust, and by public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council. For full list of our funders, visit www.pregonesprtt.org.

  • Locations

    Pregones’ Garden
    Rincón Criollo
    Sunshine Garden

  • Date & Time

    Saturdays 2:00pm to 5:30pm Eastern

  • Featuring

    Music & Performing Groups:
    Bámbula Project
    BPCW Next Gen
    Bulla en el Barrio
    Circa’95
    DJ DeLaCeiba
    Jadele McPherson
    Los Pleneros de la 21

    Poets:
    Caridad de la Luz
    Brother North
    Laney
    Rise Felicia
    Sergio Jimenez
    Simply Rob
    Vanessa Hidary

    Activists:
    Mercedes Aguirre Saenz

    Artisans:
    Stacey Toro
    Karla Mayenbeer Cruz

    and more!