Canción de las Montañas
Song of the Mountains
A year of exciting musical events in Colombia and Wales
2019 has been designated the UNESCO Year of Indigenous Languages. Welsh is one of the oldest indigenous languages of Europe, and we want to celebrate her in every way we can. Colombia, too, is rich in indigenous languages, and the legacy of indigenous culture is felt throughout the country in a million ways. The way of life of the mountain campesinos on their small mixed farms is strikingly similar, too, the culture of the Gwerin in rural Wales. So – Cerrig Camu are going to Wales this October to perform, to learn, to make connections, and above all to make friends.
The aim of our initiative is to open channels of communication, develop understandings and collaboration, and create new opportunities for traditional musicians and audiences in rural Colombia and rural Wales. We’ll achieve this through an active cultural collaboration between traditional musicians in the two cultures. The numbers involved in this first stage will be small, keeping our footfall – economic as well as cultural – as light as possible, and creating a series of events that small rural communities can welcome with minimum disruption. We’ll be playing in a big-city folk festival, and also in mountain villages and even on farms across rural Santander.
The project is not designed to be a ‘one-off’ series of events creating an impact and soon forgotten. It will act as the best kind of benign cultural collision, and will engender new exciting encounters in the future.