A Photo Essay
The event during the Feria de la Flores we liked best back in 2009, we literally stumbled upon! Not really surprising considering the complete lack of information for tourists, foreigners and Colombians alike. Trying to get a last good view of Medellin at sunset, we took the cable car up to Santo Domingo and bumped into a great party in the middle of this poor barrio.
On the plaza a local, obviously famous band was playing incredible music from different parts of the country. Nevertheless, all songs had an Andean influence because pan flutes were prominently used. Fascinating was that all of the nine musicians were equally great singers.
The crowd grew by the minute, but who would want to miss what was about to come. A little space was cleared in the plaza and a group of twelve young dancers of the Academy of Ballet performed a medley of different dances that brought you to your knees. With great professionalism and enthusiasm they danced to different kinds of music, Salsa, Merengue, Tango, Vallenato, Brazilian Samba and even an Arabic dance.
During the whole show, we did not go unnoticed. The local spectators made sure we had a good spot to watch and even more to take photos. There were no other foreign tourists, so people took great interest in us and seemed genuinely proud that we found our way here to join their party.
We found it fascinating that the organizers of the festival chose this barrio for such a top-scale performance, equally revolutionary as the construction of the two cable cars to reach various deprived neighborhoods of Medellin up on the hills.