Merengue Festival

Merengue Festival (Festival de Merengue)

Last week in July-first week in August
The merengue is a lively Caribbean dance that originated in Haiti and the Dominican Republic. Its main characteristic is a limping side-step, and it corresponds to the rumba of Cuba or the samba of Brazil.
The world's most famous merengue festival takes place in Santa Domingo, the Dominican Republic's capital city, where outdoor stages are set up along the city's waterfront, and top bands play merengue music while couples swirl and shake to the fast-paced, pulsating rhythms.
In addition to watching the performances and competitions among merengue dancers, festivalgoers can enjoy the music of DJs and bands on the street, imbibe rum and beer, and eat the signature pork sandwiches, chimichurris .
CONTACTS:
Dominican Republic Tourism Office
136 E. 57th St., Ste. 803
New York, NY 10022
888-374-6361 or 212-588-1012; fax: 212-588-1015
www.godominicanrepublic.com
SOURCES:
WildPlanet-1995, p. 510
References in periodicals archive ?
August: Merengue Festival in Santo Domingo, along the Malecon.
MERENGUE FESTIVAL, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC: As far as rhythm goes, this is the sexiest destination in the Caribbean.
It's in the Guinness Book of Records as The Planet's Largest Disco - bands play on stages all along the strip and the place really goes wild for 10 days every July during the Merengue Festival.
The Dominican Republic's traditional Merengue Festival will be held in Santo Domingo in July, with celebrations also taking place in Bavaro/Punta Cana.
Meanwhile, the new Merengue Festival and simultaneous Singles' Festival in the Puerto Plata area will feature the best Dominican bands in the fall, playing until the wee hours, with activities and contests planned for visitors.
The streets are alive with dancers during the annual merengue festival who entice even the most reluctant hoofer.
July: The Merengue Festival in Santo Domingo takes place along the Malecon.
In addition, Santo Domingo is home to the world-renowned Merengue Festival held along the Malecon; Carnival, a celebration comprised of parades, food and drink; and the Presidente Festival, a music celebration where past performers include Christina Aquilera, Marc Anthony and Enrique Iglesias.
It's in the Guinness Book Of Records as The Planet's Largest Disco - bands play on stages along the strip and the place really goes wild for 10 days every July during the Merengue Festival.
July 28-August 2: Food and Merengue Festival, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.
4 /PRNewswire/ -- Considered by many to be the country's official musical genre, merengue music and dance will be celebrated November 24 to 27 at the Dominican Republic's (DR) Seventh Annual Merengue Festival.
Most cities in the DR have merengue festivals with professional orchestras and activities planned throughout the year including the annual festival held in late July or early August in Santo Domingo and a week-long celebration held in Puerto Plata in October each year.