Cultural Connection Week! - INTERNATIONAL PRESENTATION OF THE SINCELEJO CULTURE - Colombia | Coursera Community
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  • 29 April 2019
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Cordial greetings to all the members of the community and participants of the event, it's a pleasure to show a bit of my culture that is part of the Colombian savannah, wanting to express the affection, kindness, joy, art and tradition of the capital of Sucre, Sincelejo.
To do so, i take as reference a pictures place that awakens the senses and takes us to a "magical" place (for me), to make our legacy known.
The place is called Sincelejo's Mural Circuit, where there are "pieces of art" outdoors in the urban context, made by great artists and teachers, which I had the privilege of knowing and observing while doing it. Let us begin,

: Let me accommodate this amazing hat. (+20 wisdom)

: Ok, the parties of the twenty of January, it is considered like a great sample of the Colombian culture coming from Sincelejo, beginning to sound its rhythm of trumpets, bagpipes, accordions, from the first of January, showing that after song of the end of December, alluding to the fact that this will be the first cultural event of the new year, where the musical symphonies and customs are mixed with joy and enthusiasm, taking with them main events such as "The Veintenerito - day dedicated to folklore for children", "The ceremony of the new popular queen of January 20" , "Folk parade", "The moving troupes and floats done to entertain".

: The beautiful painting that I have as background, is called Herencia Sabanera, made by the artist Eliecer Vergara. Sincelejo is considered the pearl of the savannah, showing us the beginning of the song "YA_ VIE NE EL VEINTE DE ENE ... THE _ FIES TA DE SIN CE LE JO". Expressing the warm and vivid colors of our folklore, highlighting the musical masters, the colorful hammock that is typical of the region and the fandanguera - smiling woman, with a lit candle in her right hand and exotic long-skirt dress to make fan with his left hand, which moves to the rhythm of the bands.

: Sincelejo, whose city name is granted thanks to the Indio Cincel Cacique, who was the resident tribe in the area where today Sincelejo is known. This is the capital of Sucre, characterized by its agricultural and livestock wealth north of Colombia. This mural has the title Aborigines, made by the artist Juan Grimaldy, showing our Indian ancestors, highlighting the pure sky and the proliferating land, whose trade were crops and handicrafts, highlighting the houses, palm huts, place to live and protect from the rain. Beside me I have a ambulant merchant farmer, who sells the "green banana" in the streets, who to our time still retains the factions of our ancestors, (I had to buy two to take a picture with him).

: Sincelejo is located in the center of the department of Sucre, 40 kilometers from the sea, it has no rivers, although the "closest" is the San Jorge river, which is one of the richest rivers with fish. Because it has no rivers, it has a large number of streams, lakes and underground wells to supply the community with this great vital liquid. Below the image of the male Indian with brown eyes and smooth hair, we can see that the artist highlights a house next to a wells.

: I am posing here with the brunette Indian woman, highlighting her most characteristic features such as her eyes, her hair, her accessories in the ear and neck, behind, the corn that is one of the most propagated crops in the region and in the background the huts and the sun that looks as a artisan piece.
Taking this journey through our ancestral roots, I continue with the festivities.

: In the two previous murals, my clothes was Yellow stood out, which means abundance, joy and fertility, the Blue mean the sky and sea, and now red, which is passion, intensity, love and freedom, which are the colors of the Colombian flag , yellow, blue and red. This mural by the artist Naider Acosta is called El Legado de Pola Becté, (1865 - 1937). Whose real name is Hipolita del Carmen Monterrosa Bertel defined by many writings as a woman who cheered up any meeting to the rhythm of her hips and to the rhythm of a fandango (rowdy party). Also, she illuminated with a big candle in hand any wheel of fandango that crossed her on the road. Pola was more than dancing, it was a lifestyle full of rebellion, joy, spontaneity and a life free of prejudice. As far as is known, it can be deduced that Hipolita was happy

: I here (the pic above) putting the "vueltiao hat" on her legacy , with that red that fills with life and gives you that savannah heat that shares with his folklore fandanguero, joy and feeling to all parts of the world.

: The hats tint the mural throwing up the savannah customs, illuminated by the fires that run through the city in the hands of fandangueras.

: Cheers to all, sharing with emotion, happiness and passion these words that express my ideas about this beautiful town that has seen me grow.

: More than a festival, it is the tradition, the culture and the joy of continuing with our legacy, our heritage and our savanna roots.

: Thanking, respecting and honoring the great teachers who gave life and origin to this festival. / - Title Juglares de mi tierra - Artist Arcenides Piñeres.

That's why as they are presented through our masters painters, so I consider myself with patience, tolerance, cheerful, passionate, attentive, respectful and virtuous to continue dreaming and it is like that, all our people and our world have the right to dream.

: “Sucre tiene derecho a soñar.” – “Sucre has the right to dream.”

:Thank you very much, from Sincelejo, for everyone. Happy International week of the Cultural Exchange, my best and prosperous affections for all the members of the Coursera community.

PD: here all the pics, regards.

Luis Gerardo Ayala Bertel

Find out more about Cultural Connection Week and view other people’s posts about their cultures here.

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Indeed this is a great work of art, hand design?! Your people are amazing
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@Zannah Zakariya Goni Thank you, it is good to know your reply, in fact if it was hand design, with vinyl paintings, it took a couple of days for each artist to completely do the mural, they did it by layers and for the focus of the details, they used pallets to mix the paintings and get the color they were looking for to express their ideas through art with different thicknesses of brushes, i appreciate your opinion and your words.
@Luis Gerardo Ayala B. , these murals are magnificent! Thank you for taking us on such a wonderful artistic tour of your country through these murals. It was also nice to meet you too!
Were the artists paid to create this? Which of the murals do you enjoy?
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Dear @Judith,

This was sponsored by the Ministry of Culture of the region, which means that more than paying, is a recognition of his works which highlight the origin sabanero, their roots and customs.
That is why I enjoy sharing all of you as a memory of the ancestors and the pleasure of remembering their teachings.

I like them all, where it's evident that each stroke, each line and each color, they put kind, love and passion for art and culture.

Likewise, having a dedicated and wonderful person like you is very significant for the community, because it generates an excellent environment of wanting to share, interact and participate.
I hope that in other events or topics we can continue to socialize and encourage more members to share together in this beautiful place as is the coursera community.
@Luis Gerardo Ayala B. , I just looked at all these incredible murals again that reflect your culture so well. When I first saw them that's all I concentrated on. After seeing them again, I can appreciate them even more. It was so interesting to have included the banana seller, even if you had to buy 2 of those bananas! I also missed that you were in all the photos too because you wore clothes the same color as the mural and blended right into it as though you were in the mural. You also have quite the cool hat collection!

I appreciate what you have created for us to see so much. I am sure that although there haven’t been comments from others, people have looked at these and appreciated all of the effort you put into showing us these. I have found that most people prefer to look at things without writing a comment.

I like all the murals too. I also appreciate you and how interactive you are. It is truly wonderful to have the opportunity to meet so many incredible people, like yourself, from all over the world. I look forward to meeting again here.