Salvadoran flag: Canadian Window on the World Folklorama

Latin Roots and Salvadoran Folklore Calgary were responsible for giving color and movement to every night on stage. photo VD: Alejandra Salcedo.
By Alejandra Salcedo

With the theme "Discovering the hidden gem" Salvadoreño Pavilion flaunted their culture with music, dance and cuisine in 50 Edition of Folklorama in Winnipeg.

Folklorama is the "largest and longest-running multicultural festival in the world", as it described by the International Council of Organizations of Folklore Festivals and Folk Arts (CIOFF). The event takes place every summer and participate more 40 ethnic groups in different areas of the city.

El Salvador through Canadian- Salvadorians of Winnipeg (CSOW Inc.), for its acronym in English, He was present in the organization of the Pavilion with the help of 15 leaders and about 100 volunteers who every night, for a week they took care of the costumes, artistic performances and typical dishes were ready to welcome hundreds of visitors.

Jesse Lemus, co-event coordinator, said that ripped "rib, but happy to have again the pavilion ". This is the second time that El Salvador participates in Folklorama, after almost ten years of absence.

for Lemus, Best of all was to feel the identification of new generations in formation dance groups. Such was the case of "The eaglets", school children who put their children's folk charm on stage. So did the "Latin Roots" group, composed of young Salvadoran descent, and other nationalities, identified with the Latin American heat. "It's nice to see that rainbow of cultures. We wanted to show that we have passion and talent for our group in Winnipeg ... The second and third generation is rising and we want to keep our roots ".

photo VD: Alejandra Salcedo.

Each night, the members of "The eaglets" and "Latin Roots" moved their bodies to the beat of folk dances like "El Carbonero", "Torito Pinto" and "Adentro Cojutepeque", and "The Pregonera", among other; without missing modern songs like "Patria Querida" and "Blue Hat", emblematic songs with which Salvadorans abroad are identified to be nostalgic.

To offer a varied show, organizers also supported in the group in Calgary Folk Salvadoreño, who traveled from the province of Alberta to support their compatriots.

The presentation ended last night with a party enlivened by "Son Boot", a band formed in Winnipeg with Salvadoran members, Colombians and Chileans.

Mounted displays handicrafts, information tourist sites, literature, as well as plants and flowers grown in El Salvador and also in Winnipeg there aroused the curiosity of visitors.

photo VD: Alejandra Salcedo.

More than pupusas

Canadians know, the typical Salvadoran dish par excellence are the pupusas and increasingly are becoming more popular. Attendees did not hesitate to make big lines to buy them and enjoy them. The menu also offered fried yuca, enchiladas, rice pudding, chocobananos, peperechas, Milhojas, fresh horchata, tamarindo, and gaseous Kolashampan, a successful claim, with which unveiled more flavor options, texture and color of Salvadoran cuisine.

photo VD: Alejandra Salcedo.

Lemus Sentio proud to see that the Pavilion was well received and said the goal is to keep improving. Despite the diversity of political thought, religious and generational recognizes that projects can be carried out with the cooperation of not only Salvadoran community, if not multi ethnic. He considers that as the Pavilion is improving every year, compatriots can do so wherever they reside. "Salvadoran Dale, no little bird ... we are working people and feisty, go ahead, Be proud of what we are, continue preserving our culture because we have much to share with the world ".

photo VD: Alejandra Salcedo.
photo VD: Alejandra Salcedo.