‘Sucursal Fest’: Cali looks at other trends – Music and Books – Culture

The friendly and charismatic Lesley Wolf, 41, with her political and social discourse, has been paying the bills of Juan Tarquino, the creator of this fascinating drag character, for several years.

Bogotan, Bachelor of Performing Arts from the National Pedagogical University, Tarquino is also an actor, writer, theater director and teacher. He recently played in the series Pálpito to Doodle, “one of the villains of the organ trafficking organization, a character that allowed me to see everything that is above the common good. He is a macho guy, unscrupulous murderer, homophobic, quite a contrast to Lesley Wolf”.

And with that character, with whom he identifies the most, Tarquino will be at the Branch Fest, which will take place in Cali from tomorrow until June 26 in two scenarios: the square of the Ortiz Bridge and the Monument of the 7 Rivers .

Photography by Lesley Wolf.


It will have battles of hiphop, street dance, circus art, urban graphic art, drag expressions, live DJs and geek culture.

For Ronald Mayorga, Secretary of Culture of Cali, “It is a way of proposing a new festival to the city, mapping what is happening in the ways of making art, the new citizens, the young”.

He adds that trends such as free style, rap, are part of the daily life of many people on Cali weekends, which go far beyond salsa and trends with which several pilots have been made.

“There are 200, 300 boys doing battles, managing their own leadership, in a way of occupying free time, turning aggressiveness and violence into something positive.”

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This is not new. In Cali for several decades these trends have been experienced in different sectors. “We cannot let ideas and rhymes pass, nor graffiti. The groups began to paint incredible, there are some groups that are making an enormous effort”, he adds.

And one of those examples is Íngrid Grillo, break dance dancer, who has spent 12 years in a process that, in addition to being artistic, is “of female empowerment”bill.
Through her group, Feminal Crew, Grillo and three friends have come a long way to becoming recognized.

To give many more opportunities to the winners, hopefully outside the country

“Initially it was just dance, but over time, through a gender equality work process and different activities, we began to promote feminist spaces in the city and bring artists from Brazil, Chile, and Mexico. We, in addition, have participated in international competitions”.

The good use of free time has been another of his projects, “since the creation of shows focused on equity and the body as a territory.”

Three of the members of Feminal Crew are mothers “and that has been a plus in our process as artists and cultural managers. Having children hasn’t prevented us from studying and being professionals or stopping participating in the different calls”. And she says that Azalee, her six-year-old daughter, is already inclined to music thanks to her dad and her dancing because of her mom.

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Winner of several tournaments, including the 2013 Reedbull, Grillo acknowledges that her process in the city and with her art was harder.

“Since I was a child I was an artist. When I discovered break dancing I found the perfect mix between playing sports and dancing. I come from a single mother home, we are three sisters and we didn’t have so many opportunities. But with the tools I received, I got ahead and dance arrived in the Guaduales neighborhood, where I grew up.”

Fest branch

The Fest Branch will have various expressions.

Those first dance battles were with men. “And many of the women who went to those meetings did so because they were after some skinny guy and not because they liked to dance. We had to break schemes because we also participated in mixed teams and there were clashes for leadership. That taught me that to get ahead the leader had to be me”.

Today, many dancers of this genre in Cali feel represented by this young woman and have also started their own fight. That is why her story at the Branch Fest is important.

By the way, with the holding of this meeting, the Cali festivals will be launched for the second semester, an agenda that includes the Flower Pot Festival, from July 29 to July 4, with 100 points of sale of this tradition. between godparents and godchildren who appeared in the movie Encanto.

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The candies placed on sticks will arrive thanks to the creativity of the Association of Women Artisans of Pots of Alfeñique de Cali (Asomacetas).

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Likewise, from August 10 to 15, returning to its traditional date, it will be the Petronio Álvarez, with a great commitment “to give the winners many more opportunities, hopefully outside the country,” says Mayorga.

In addition, there is the Cali Book Fair, the Film Festival and to close the year, the local fair.