Event - “Oye Corona” (OFFSITE)

“Oye Corona” (OFFSITE)

08.30.14, 1:00 pm

Our monthly cultural celebration brings a series of free live music concerts full of local and global talent to let our minds relax, dance and connect with each other. Oye Corona is a celebration of art, music and exercise in diverse forms and an opportunity to uplift our spirits with inspiring messages. See you at Corona Plaza!

Nuestra celebración cultural de cada mes brinda una serie de conciertos de música en vivo gratuitos llenas de talento local y global para que nuestras mentes se relajen, nos animemos a bailar y a conectarnos entre nosotros. Es una celebración de arte, música y ejercicio de varias formas y una oportunidad para alegrar nuestro espíritu con mensajes inspiradores.  Nos vemos en Corona Plaza!

LOCATION:  CORONA PLAZA, 103rd Street & Roosevelt Avenue, Corona, Queens. Adjacent to the 103rd Street stop on the #7 train.

Schedule of Activities

2:30 Mujeres en Movimiento

ejercicio con vero

Join Veronica Ramirez of Immigrant Movement International’s project Mujeres en Movimiento for an exercise dance class. This class is one of IMI most popular workshops; it is not your average zumba, jazzercise, or aerobics class. Vero choreographs energetic dances to a variety of Latin American rhythms from Mexican Banda to 80s Spanish rock ballads, and uses dance to raise awareness about health issues as well as build community and empower women in our community. Come dance and meet the amazing women of IMI! The class will be in Spanish, but English speakers and persons of all gender expressions can follow along to the moves.

Movimiento Inmigrante Internacional es un espacio comunitario en Corona, que empezó como un proyecto de la artista Tania Bruguera. Este espacio comunitario acoge una variedad de talleres educativos experimentales que son facilitados por artistas y miembros de la comunidad que sirven a las necesidades de los inmigrantes que viven en el área. IMI funciona como un comité de pensadores que están interesados en crear el futuro de una realidad legal más humana y digna para los migrantes. Acompañe al proyecto Mujeres en Movimiento de Verónica Ramírez de Immigrant Movement International en una clase mañanera de ejercicio y baile. Esta clase es uno de los talleres más populares de IMI; no es la típica clase de zumba, jazz o aeróbicos. Vero crea coreografías energéticas que bailan música latinoamericana que pasa por ritmos como banda mexicana, baladas rock de los 80, y usa el baile para crear conciencia sobre temas de salud y al mismo tiempo construye comunidad y habla de cómo construir poder en nuestras comunidades. ¡Ven, baila y conoce a las mujeres maravillosas de IMI!. La clase será en español, pero personas que hablan inglés y gente de todos los géneros son bienvenidas a seguir los pasos de baile y el movimiento.

3:30pm: Bangladeshi International Performing Arts Institute

Bangladeshi Institute of Performing Arts
Bangladeshi Institute of Performing Arts

The Bangladesh Institute of Performing Arts, also known as BIPA , is a non-profit socio-cultural organization based in New York City. BIPA was launched in 1993 with a view to keeping alive the rich Bengali cultural traditions among Bangladeshi immigrants, and to acquaint and enrich the American mainstream with this wonderful heritage. Pursuant to this object, Bangla, music, and dance classes are offered to all ages of people in the community. Over the last twenty years, quite a large number of students have received lessons at BIPA’s school, and have performed at numerous community and mainstream shows in New York City and many other states, both along with and under the guidance of their teachers. Over the years BIPA has expanded its activities, designing new creative projects and collaborating with various artists, and it even opened a new branch in Brooklyn in 2009. In 2013 BIPA proudly celebrated its 20th anniversary with a colorful parade & festival at both branches.

3:00 to 6:30pm:  Mobile Print Power

Mobile Print Power in Corona Plaza.
Mobile Print Power in Corona Plaza.

Mobile Print Power is a cooperative mobile printmaking workshop and print collective based out of Immigrant Movement International in Corona, Queens. Members of all ages from the local community learn the useful and adaptable skill of silkscreen printmaking using a mobile printmaking cart. Having learned the printmaking process, members plan and implement public mobile print projects in Corona and throughout the city. http://www.mobileprintpower.com

4:30pm:  BombaYo



A youth project dedicated to preserving the rich Afro Puerto Rican tradition of Bomba. BombaYo took its name from several meanings of YO
Yo, is “I” in Spanish, or self – “I am Bomba.” Yo, English slang to call one’s attention, as in “Hey, it’s Bomba” “Yo’ , short in English from Your, “Your Bomba.” Bomba was developed in Puerto Rico over 300 years ago by enslaved Africans from parts of West Africa and the Kongo region and also includes influences from the Spanish colonizers and native Taino people. Bomba is more of an experience than a show. It’s where singing, dancing and drumming come together in a community celebration of life. Boricuas on the island and stateside are reviving this tradition and in turn uncovering part of their cultural heritage.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hmcd1cVKcMk&list=PL7BD64E9F7A6DBFAD

Inspired by the Queens Museum exhibition Bringing the World into the World.

Lady K-Fever (Kathleena Howie) is a New York inter-disciplinary artist and curator from Canada working with painting, installation, photography, performance and public art projects. She began her career in Vancouver the early 1990’s when she was invited to create an installation with Riot Grrlz for ‘Artropolis 93.

In 2003, she was invited as the first Canadian woman to paint at the legendary Graffiti Hall of Fame in East Harlem, New York and to be put down with NYC graffiti crews KD & TDS. Her work has been exhibited in Bronx Lab Style Wars Bronx Museum, Graffiti Research lab MOMA, Figure8 El Museo del Barrio, Born again: Eight Artist Respond Longwood Art gallery, B-girl Be Intermedia Arts, This side of Paradise No Longer Empty and Figment 2012 New York and published in the New York times, New York Post, Daily News and in the magazines: Studio (Harlem), Mass Appeal (Brooklyn), Backspin (Germany), and Trace (international) among others, and in the books Graffiti Women: Street Art from Five Continents, and Burning New York: Graffiti NYC, and We B Girlz (New York)


Corona Plaza programming is supported by grants from The Kresge Foundation, Surdna Foundation, Institute of Museum and Library Services, and The David Rockefeller Fund. Additional support provided by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Special thanks to the office of Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras and Queens Economic Development Corporation.