Stage Garden Rumba

Where Art and Activism Meets Green

Presented in partnership with Pregones/PRTT, Stage Garden Rumba is an open invitation for all New Yorkers to experience the cultural riches, regional community gardens and green spaces, and vibrant Casitas of the South Bronx! Our 2022 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 a self-determined future.

Curatorial team: Edwin Pagán, Julia Gutiérrez-Rivera, Caridad De La Luz, Oscar Oliver-Didier, Omar Pérez and Jorge B. Merced.

2022 Schedule (Saturdays 2pm-6pm):

Poet, activist Shanequa Charles.

– July 23rd (Pregones Garden)
575 Walton Ave, Bronx, NY 10451

– August 27th (Bronx Sunshine Garden Community Garden)
1768 Bryant Ave, Bronx, NY 10460

– September 10th (Rincón Criollo –  La Casita de Chema)
749 Brook Ave, Bronx, NY 10451

– September 17th (María Sola Community Greenspace)
East 134th St. &  Lincoln Ave, Bronx, NY 10454

– October 1st (La Finca del Sur)
110 E 138th St, Bronx, NY 10451

– October 15th (Crotona Park Amphitheater)
559 Claremont Pkwy, Bronx, NY 10457

Milteri Tucker Bombazo Dance Company.
Jorge Vázquez Bomba y Plena.
Mariachi Real Nueva York.

Stage Garden Rumba - "Digital Edition"

Mazarte Dance Company.

During the height of the Covid-19 Pandemic, Pregones/PRTT and Nos Quedamos postponed in-person attendance of Stage Garden Rumba in-line with mandates from federal and healthcare authorities as a means of safeguarding the community members who attended the ‘al fresco’ event, as well as holding harmless the dozens of artists, activists and behind-the-scenes staff and technicians who make the highly-anticipated celebration a reality.  As result, SGR’s the curatorial team shifted to accommodate the mandates and shifted to recording a limited number of sessions with only the artists and activists without a viewing public and broadcast the sessions in partnership with BronxNet as “Stage Garden Rumba “Digital Edition.” Once authorities began lifting restrictions and opened up public spaces, the event returned to in-person attendance—with all necessary health-conscience precautions, of course. In addition, the events are now a hybrid experience of both live presentations and recorded broadcasts — a model that looks like is here to stay for us (including the 2020 SGR season)! So you can now watch—or re-experience—our past sessions from the comfort of your safe space.

Take a look below; you know you want to… 😉

To date, Stage Garden Rumba has featured the following artists and activists:

Advocate of Wordz, Agua, Sol y Sereno, Amanda “La Tormenta” Villanueva, Bámbula Project, Bombazo Dance Co., Bonafide Rojas, Brandon Wright, Caridad De La Luz, Carlos “Charlie Mambo” Arroyo, Curet Performance Project, David Hernaíz Concepción, Dawn Díaz, Emanuel Padilla, Espada De La Luz, Esperanza Martell, Fitzroy Christian, Freida Grace Jones, Full Circle Souljahs, Grupo Bámbula, Harry DeRienzo, Jainardo Batista y Cuarteto Guataca, Jane Grenier, Jorge Vazquez Bomba y Plena, Julia Gutiérrez-Rivera, Kroniko, Kwikstep Dyonisio, Leenda Bonilla, Los Pleneros de La 2, Luis “Brother North” Cañada, Mariana Reyes, Mariposa Fernández, Martín García, Mazarte Dance Company, Melissa Barber, New York Peace Officers, Nieves Ayress, PaFincar, Palo En Cuero, Pregones/PRTT Ensemble, Ray Jane, REDi Dance, Rokafella, Rosalynn Díaz, Yajaira Saavedra, Sam León, Shanequa Charles, and more!

And there’s more to come in 2022!!