XXIX ENCUENTRO INTERNACIONAL DE FOLKLORE CIUDAD DE ZARAGOZA

Participating folk groups 2021

RAÍCES DE ARAGÓN España

The history of the group Raíces de Aragón begins, at the initiative of its founder, choreographer and director, Ángel Martínez Quesada: champion of Aragon three consecutive years (1968, 1969 and 1970), choreographer graduated and member of the International Dance Council.

He was choreographer of the official anthem of the opening of the Zaragoza International Exhibition 2008, televised for the whole world, other choreographies of the institutional event organized by the Government of Aragon and the ‘’Gran Gala de la Jota’’, held at the Congress Palace of the Expo 2008 and more recent choreographies of the shows "Xotares" and "Mudanzas en Tiempo de Jota".

Raíces de Aragón has contributed to the Aragonese discography with two long-play recordings (in 1978 and 1983), with 15 and 20 popular Aragonese songs. Since then, and to date, it has been very active in the collection of old music, songs and dances, and in the creation of new choreographies. Raíces de Aragon has contributed to enrich our folklore helping to make it known around the world such as: World Festival of L'Humanité in Paris, International Festival of La Grande Motte, International Festival of Saintes (France), Festival of La Habana and Santiago de Cuba (Cuba), Festival of Mexico D.F., Puebla and Acapulco (Mexico), Festival of Zielona-Gora and Poznan (Poland), Festival of Assemini, Corropoli, Naples and Roma (Italy), Auditorium of Pablo VI and St Peter's square (Vatican), Festivals of Tiberias, Nazareth and Beer-Sheva (Israel), World Folklore Festival of Drummondville, Montreal, Quebec and Otawa (Canada), Festival of Waynesville and North Carolina (United States), Festival of Naoussa, Aridea and Thessaloniki (Greece), Sidmouth Festival (England), Octodure Festival (Switzerland), Festival Folklore Fiesta (Puerto Rico)...

Since 1986, Raíces de Aragón is the organizing group of EIFOLK, together with the Zaragoza City Council. The group has also organized and participated in all the editions of the Folkloric Festival of Christmas and holding the representation of our Autonomous Community, in practically all the cities and towns of Spain, highlighting the Aragon-Twinning Days in the Canary Islands performing on TVE in the program "Tenderete" and the First Festival of Music and Traditional Arts of the Autonomous Communities "Arraigo" held at the Teatro de la Zarzuela in Madrid.

Among the most recent activities we will highlight the press and public award received at the Küçükçekmece Festival in Istanbul, (Turkey) diploma of honor at the Chongqing Folk Arts Festival (China), representative of Spain at the International Festivals of Plovdiv (Bulgaria) European Capital of Culture 2019.