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Bolivian Cultural Night Comes to Arlington

by Margaret Doyle July 19, 2012 at 9:45 am 4,738 25 Comments

Arlington residents can enjoy a musical taste of Bolivia without even leaving the county, as the Comité Pro Bolivia will be holding a Bolivian Cultural Night on Saturday (July 21).

As a non-profit cultural organization now celebrating its 25th anniversary, the Comité Pro Bolivia will showcase eight large Bolivian dance and music ensembles. Each performance will vary from Suri Sicuris, which is traditionally performed before the ostrich (suri) hunt, to the Tinku dance of strength and agility.

The event is free, open to the public and will begin at 8:00 p.m. It’s being held at the Lubber Run Amphitheater at North Columbus and 2nd Street North (two blocks north of Route 50). The amphitheater is wheelchair accessible.

Bolivians make up 20 percent of the approximately 33,000 individuals in Arlington’s Hispanic community. Numerous Bolivian dance groups have been active throughout the county since the 1990s. The Comité’s stated goal is to focus on the dancing traditions which help bring together the Bolivian Community in Arlington and to also create a feeling of belonging and home.

The event and is co-sponsored by Arlington Cultural Affairs, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Folklore Studies Program at George Mason University. For more information, call 703-228-1850 or visit www.arlingtonarts.org.

Photo courtesy Arlington Cultural Affairs

  • novasteve

    Will anyone be notifying PETA about this Ostrich hunt?

    • Glebe Roader

      They will be performing the DANCE, that is traditionally done before an ostrich hunt. They will not be doing an actual ostrich hunt.

      • novasteve

        It’s still a thought crime on their part is it not?

        • Glebe Roader

          Just because you respond to a comment of mine with a question, does not mean I will engage you.

        • Ballston

          I wasn’t aware that ostrich was native to Bolivia? How is there a traditional dance before the hunt of a non native species?

        • George

          Something you will never be charged with.

  • Enough already

    Bolivian women are hot, dance away. El Salvarodean, not so much.

    • really???

      For the record, its Salvadorean, Salvadorian or Salvadoran not El Salvarodean. What makes the Bolivian women hot? The short skirts that they wear in some of their cultural dances? I’m all for cultural pride and I admire the Bolivians for being a tight knit community but dumping on Salvadoreans is unnecessary.

    • Bob

      Peruvian are hottest

    • Erik Estrada

      I enjoy tasty Salvadoran papusas though.

  • Becoming indifferent

    Will Bolivia Newton John be there?

  • South Side Chris

    If this is in any way the same or similar thing to the parade that went down near Four Mile Run during the power outage, it should be epic. My wife and I went down there to watch it during the black out on a whim and were thoroughly entertained by the show.

    • marie antoinette

      D-Day was “Epic”
      The day the Berlin wall fell was “Epic”
      The Magna Carta was “Epic”
      The signing of Declaration of Independence was “Epic”
      Liberty Leading the People is an “Epic” painting

      Bolivian Culture Night is not “Epic”
      Pizza Hut Pizza is not “Epic”
      Morgan Freeman’s voice over on a MasterCard commercial is not “Epic”

      Luckily the english language is my second; I weep for the bastardization of your language.

      • Ed

        Ha. Bastardization? That horse left the gate even before the Normans invaded. Note how you say “Magna Carta;” if you really loved English you’d call it something like the Whopper Charter.

        • marie antoinette


      • Tabby_TwoTone

        That last part sounds disingenuous.

      • South Side Chris

        If that word confuses you, then I’m going to guess that you will miss out on my devilish epicaricacy regarding how easily I riled you up. That’s right, I burned you with a ten dollar SAT word featuring the word you attempted to burn me with as a partial root. I invalidate your argument with my needless explanation and bid you good day sir.

        Yep, you fell for it.

        • WeiQiang

          Yeah, but let’s get back to the hotness of the Agrobol …

        • marie antoinette

          What an “Epic” come back!

          Great job!

  • steve

    Why can’t Arlington become the Polka capital of the USA?

    Instead of having a bull testes eating festival can we get teh world’s largest accordion festival?

    • John K

      Not possible. It started in Scranton…

  • T:GEOA

    Hopefully they won’t have an own-goal assault.

  • Elmer

    A rain dance would also be appreciated.

  • Arly

    FYI, there is also a Peruvian festival on Sunday at Gunston Middle School. Free to attend, cultural dancing and food vendors on site.

  • Mack

    Ooo, I wonder if Mike Tyson is going to be there!


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