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Catalan bands Mishima, Txarango and Headbirds perform in New York´s Central Park

Three of Catalonia´s most popular music groups played in Central Park in New York City on Sunday 21st July as part of the SummerStage Festival. The three Catalan performers, Mishima, Txarango and Headbirds, participated in the event under the slogan ´Catalan sounds on tour´, with the aim to internationalise Catalan musicians and performers. The festival is organised by New York´s City Parks Foundation with the object to raise awareness of the richness of different cultures, and this year includes the participation of the Ramon Llull Institute (IRL), Catalonia's public body to promote Catalan language and culture abroad.

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21 July 2014 08:54 PM

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New York (ACN.) – Three of Catalonia´s most popular music groups, Mishima, Txarango and Headbirds, played in Central Park in New York City on Sunday 21st July as part of the SummerStage Festival. The three different Catalan performers, who focus on indie, reggae and electronic music respectively, participated in the event under the slogan ´Catalan sounds on tour´, with the aim to internationalise Catalan music and performers. The festival is organised by New York´s City Parks Foundation and consists of three months of free performances, from July to September, with the object to raise awareness of the richness of different cultures. This year the event organisers were joined by the Ramon Llull Institute (IRL), Catalonia's public body to promote Catalan language and culture abroad.


The collaboration between the two organisations began just under a year ago when the IRL invited the SummerStage Festival´s artistic director, Erika  Elliott, to the prestigious Catalonian music event Vic's Live Music Market, as well as the famous Tárrega Theatre Fair, taking place in two small cities in Central (Vic) and Western (Tárrega) Catalonia respectively.

New York's concert was held on Sunday afternoon, with Catalan electronic music DJ, Headbirds, kicking things off, followed by the Barcelonan Indie band, Mishima. Txarango, a large band which mix reggae, dub, Latin music and native rhythms, finished up the afternoon´s entertainment. On the same day the Catalan singer Clara Sanabras also performed in New York, singing songs from her latest album El Vol Dispers (The Dispersed Flight), at the legendary Joe´s Pub.

The Catalan presence in New York will continue until the end of July, as on the 27th the Barcelonan a dramatized reading of Esteve Soler's work, The Trilogy of Indignation (Against progress, Against love and Against democracy), will be performedas part of the Between the Seas Festival of Mediterranean Performing Arts.

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  • Headbirds playing in New York's Central Park (by Institut Ramon Llull)

  • Headbirds playing in New York's Central Park (by Institut Ramon Llull)