Series Kick-Off on Saturday, June 19, at Pregones!

Stage Garden Rumba is back in South Bronx community gardens!

Your favorite multi-disciplinary performance series resumes on Juneteenth!

Presented in partnership with We Stay/Nos Quedamos, 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 2021 series comes at you in pumped-up hybrid mode, with both in-person performances throughout the summer and new digital episodes for online and public access television broadcast! The series will again feature extraordinary ARTISTS—actors, singers, dancers, 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.

“We’re emerging from pandemic with caution and child-like wonderment,” says Jorge B. Merced, Pregones/PRTT Associate Artistic Director, “and it feels like going back to the horn of plenty! The stewards of our community gardens are ready to show off the new fruits of their green-thumbed labor, to greet visitors of all ages, and to roll out the welcome mat for live theater, music, dance, poetry, and the empowering wisdom of our social leaders. We have never been so grateful and so thirsty for Stage Garden Rumba as this year!”

“The care, generosity, and talent of everyone responsible for Stage Garden Rumba are a constant,” says Rosalba Rolón, Pregones/PRTT Artistic Director. “Our general public can continue to count on each program in the series to offer artistry and conscience in equal measure. Our award-winning acting and music ensemble is preparing exclusive previews of scenes from our forthcoming musical production Torched! — exploding myths about the Bronx fires of the ’70s with real stories from the people who lived them. I can’t wait to share it and to experience what other makers and shakers have in store for us.”

Dates and locations for #SGR2021 festivals include:

JUNE 19 at Pregones Garden, 575 Walton Avenue
JUNE 21 at Lou Gehrig Plaza, 851 Grand Concourse – Open Culture with 161 Street BID
JUNE 26 at Willis Avenue Garden
, 401 E 143 Street
JULY 10 at Sunshine Garden, 1768 Bryant Avenue
JULY 17 at La Finca del Sur, 175 East 138 Street
JULY 24 at Brook Park, Brook Avenue and E 141 Street

All events starting 3PM. Save these dates and stay tuned for more.
Each afternoon festival is unique! Don’t miss a single one!

The joyous return of Pregones/PRTT’s Stage Garden Rumba to Bronx plazas and community gardens is part of Con Edison’s new Arts Al Fresco Series.

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FIRST UP > June 19 at Pregones > Click To Open

Date & Time: Saturday, June 19, starting 3PM
Location: Pregones Theater & Garden, 575 Walton Avenue

Hosted by Caridad De La Luz

Stage Garden Rumba kicks off in respectful remembrance of Juneteenth, commemorating freedom from slavery in the United States, with activities centering ancient and living musical traditions of the African diaspora.

Performance: A musical gathering of three different groups of Plena and Bomba practitioners from New York featuring:

3:00 pm – Los Pleneros de la 21 – LP21 is the premier music group of Afro-Puerto Rican Bomba & Plena music in the U.S., giving arts learning programs in NY & touring worldwide since 1983. Founded by National Heritage Fellow, Juan Gutiérrez.

3:40 pm – Bámbula Project –  Alex “Apolo” Ayala’s Bámbula Project is a vibrant and dynamic fusion of Afro-Puerto Rican “Bomba” rhythms with Jazz. A unique musical celebration of Afro-Boricua heritage and culture.

4:15 pm – PaFincar – Practitioners, lovers, and followers of Boricua music and culture convene to partake in this new group. Homegrown in the Island, seasoned in the Diaspora, with hints of urban delight, serving bomba Pafincar. With Victor Pablo Gaetán, Clara Díaz, Fernando García and Gabe Globus.

5:00 pm (Indoor & online) – “Pintando Figuras” Puerto Rican Visual Artists’ take on Bomba and Plena – Artist dialogue organized by Julia Gutiérrez-Rivera. Moderated by Mariana Reyes with Martín García, Güillo CruzKróniko Arte”, and Agua, Sol y Sereno. Co-presented with Bomplenazo and Hostos Community College CUNY. Required RSVP above.

ALL DAY – Exhibition: S(OBRAS) capturing the unseen  – A new art exhibit by Bronx artist David Hernaíz Concepción, created in collaboration with performer Julia Gutiérrez-Rivera, exploring the fleeting and nuanced expressions of a dancer’s performance of Afro-Puerto Rican Bomba music. Free admission.  CLICK HERE to read more about S(OBRAS).

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 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

Free Admission!

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  • Locations

    Pregones Garden
    Lou Gehrig Plaza
    Willis Avenue Garden
    Sunshine Garden
    La Finca del Sur
    Brook Park
    and more!

  • Date & Time

    All starting 3PM
    JUNE 19, 2021
    JUNE 21, 2021
    JUNE 26, 2021
    JULY 10, 2021
    JULY 17, 2021
    JULY 24, 2021
    and more!

  • Featuring

    Agua, Sol y  Sereno
    Caridad de La Luz
    David Hernaíz Concepción
    Julia Gutiérrez-Rivera
    Los Pleneros de La 21
    Mariana Reyes
    Martín García
    Pregones/PRTT Ensemble
    Sam León
    Víctor Pablo Gaetán
    and more!