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8525 Garland Road, Dallas, Texas 75218

Peru Bicentennial

About This Event


Jeanne's Pavilion


Included with admission


Peru celebrates its Bicentennial, an historical event commemorating 200 years since the country’s proclamation of independence.

On July 28, Peru celebrates its Bicentennial, an historical event commemorating 200 years since the country’s proclamation of independence. To celebrate this momentous event, the Dallas Arboretum hosts the Peru Bicentennial over two Sundays, July 25 and August 8, with Peruvian folk music and dances and a greeting by The Honorable Liliana Trelles, Cónsul General of Peru, based in Dallas.

Schedule – August 8

Time: Dance Group (Dance)
11am: Introduction of Peruvian Folk music and dances – Bicentennial Celebration (Deputy Consul)
11:10am: Pies de Oro (Live music)
11:20am: Background Music
11:25am: Raíces Peruanas Folklóricas DFW (Valicha)
11:35am: Background Music
11:40am: Estampas de Peru (Morenada)
11:50am: Background Music
11:55am: Pies de Oro (Kids Marinera)
12:05pm: Background Music
12:10pm: Corazones peruanos (Marinera norteña)
12:20pm: Background Music
12:25pm: Pies de Oro (Kids Festejo)
12:35pm: Background Music
12:40pm: Estampas de Peru (Saya)
12:50pm: Pies de Oro (Kids Saya)
1pm: Club Libertad Dallas (Chalanes/Reyna de la marinera 2021)
1pm: Agradecimiento/final

About the Dances

Copy courtesy of Cónsul General of Peru

Marinera is a courtship dance that originated along the coastal regions of Peru. Marinera is a graceful and romantic couple’s dance that uses handkerchiefs as props. The dance is a mix of Spanish contradanza and Andean contradanza and Andean zamacueca and is an elegant and stylized reenactment of a courtship, and it shows a blend of the different cultures of Peru.

Festejo (from Spanish ‘fiesta’) is a festive form of Afro-Peruvian music. The dance is a staple in the Black coastal populations. Festejo is recognized for its high energy and the improvisation carried out by the dancers. Some believe that its origins trace back to competitive dance circles performed by individuals playing  cajóns. Despite its African origins, people of all different backgrounds participate in the dance that many regards as one of the greatest representations of Peruvian culture. 

Saya is a music and dance that originated in the Andes Mountain of Peru y Bolivia –Titicaca Lake. Currently, the Saya remains as a latent emblem in festivals and religious tributes. It is the carnivals in the Altiplano that bring together a large number of artists and fans to compose, sing and dance this genre. The most important event is the Fiesta de la Calendaria, annually on February 2.

Valicha is a very popular Peruvian  huayno song. This Peruvian dance represents the different communal activities of the towns, such as the planting or harvesting of potatoes, corn, barley and wheat.

Morenada is a folk dance from the Antiplano. Is a typical dance in the Peruvian highlands, in the Puno region, and is part of the Festivity of the Virgin of La Candelaria, Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO.