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Selvámonos Festival in Oxapampa, August 2011

By July 27, 2011

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photo © SelvamonosThe third Selvámonos Music Festival is set to take place in Oxapampa, Peru, on August 13, 2011. The cultural festival has a distinctly modern slant, with young Peruvians and foreign visitors getting together to enjoy a selection of the country's more cutting-edge alternative bands.

The one-day music event will feature groups such as Bareto, Fiesta Negra, Los Yacks, Kanaku y el Tigre, Fausto Orquesta and Dengue Dengue Dengue. You can expect to hear a range of genres, including fusions of jazz, salsa, cumbia, hip hop and a healthy dose of psychedelic rock. Panpipes will almost certainly appear at some point, but the organizers of Selvámonos are in no way afraid of breaking with tradition.

The small town of Oxapampa is slap-bang in the middle of Peru. Getting there is half the adventure; from Lima, you'll need to head inland to La Merced (about eight hours by bus) before taking a three hour minibus ride to Oxapampa.

That might sound like a lot of effort for a one-day music festival, but arrive early and you can enjoy the Semana Selvámonos in the days leading up to the main event. Starting on August 8, the Semana Selvámonos features a full schedule of cultural events, including small concerts, theatrical presentations and gastronomical fairs. On top of all that, you can explore Oxapampa itself. The coffee and ranching region is notable for its German heritage, with architecture, food and customs reflecting the tastes and traditions of the area's European settlers.

You can find more information about the Selvámonos Festival (in Spanish) at the official website, the Selvámonos blog and the Selvámonos Facebook page.

Photo © Selvámonos

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