The Centro is very excited to host the return of Freestyle Sessions here in San Diego. See interview with CROS ONE below and learn more about this legendary event.
In addition to hosting this historic world wide bboy competition we are also proud to host a poster exhibit of the past 16 years of Freestyle Sessions. If that isn’t enough Tribal Gear is also showcasing some its art work from the past 25 years for their anniversary.
To add to all the excitement on Friday night we will also be screening an amazing new documentary showcasing bboys from four different countries including Uganda, Columbia, Yemen and Cambodia, so come to the Centro this weekend for a showcasing of international art and hip hop culture.
Graffiti or Graff as some call it for short is not always considered art in the traditional and more established art seen. Some graffiti artist may not event consider themselves artist, but for a brief moment the Centro Cultural was able to host some of the more established and developing graffiti artist in San Diego.
Graffiti as it’s known today has been around in the United States for years. Many say it’s beginnings were in New York City in the 1970s and really began to flourish beyond just someone’s name and street they lived on into the 1980s. Graffiti became associated with the larger culture of hip hop that also came out of the New York City area. Eventually hip hop would grow beyond New York and spread across the United States and the world. Fast forward to 2014 and hip hop is as strong as ever, a lot has changed but the essence is still the same. The Centro is glad we were a part of hosting this wonderful exhibit.
The gallery featured local San Diego artists in the month June 20-July 15. The work ranged from photography to paintings and murals. In an atmosphere of comradery, several artists reunited at the opening. Apart from the amazing art shown, the event consisted of great music, food, and dance performances. Here are some of the highlights of the night.
On June 7 the Centro Cultural was honored to host a Water Ceremony in order to honor the children that have recently joined our communities and lives. This ceremony seeks to welcome them into this world and recognize their beautiful energy. The event was hosted by Izcalli a local non-profit organization. Click image below for slide show.
The Centro Cultural was honored to host a taller (workshop) of the son jarocho tradition. This regional music that comes from the state of Vera Cruz, Mexico is more and more appreciated by the Chicana/o community in the United States as a part of that interest a group of jaraneros organized the seventh annual Fandango Fronterizo. As part of this years Fandango a set of workshops were offered at the Centro Cultural the evening before the event at the frontera (border). Here are some pictures by the Centro’s newest intern Marisela Gonzalez.