On October 31, Peru celebrates the Day of the Creole Song (Dia de la Cancion Criolla), an important part of the coastal culture of the country.
Even though the Halloween fever is infecting an increasing number of Peruvians and you find smaller and larger Halloween spectacles and parties all over the country, especially in Lima and other coastal towns, the criolla culture iis still the star.
In larger cities along the Peruvian coast many public concerts, shows and events in honor of the creole song take place in parks, restaurants, bars and even casinos. If you really want to enjoy the traditional Afro-Peruvian creole music, make a stop in a peña. For this special occasion, most offer special shows with well-known local artists and lots of traditional food.
In Lima a good place to be is Barranco and here especially around the "Puente de los Suspíros" (Bridge of Sighs) which Chabuca Granda made famous with a song dedicated to it. You will find many street musicians playing the one or other of her songs for you for a small tip.
And last but not least, the big stars, such as the legend of the musica criolla, Eva Ayllon, traditionally give special concerts on the Day of the Creole Song.
Find more information about this special day in Peru in our article "Day of the Creole Song".
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