Merengue Festival in Dominican Republic
For one wild week in August, the hottest bands in Santo Domingo pump out the infectious music made famous by the Dominicans and merengue fever takes over the city. Held at the seaside promenade, El MalecÃÆÃÂ³n, the annual Merengue Festival is a lively dance party that takes to the streets, the beach and bars throughout the Dominican RepublicÃÂ¢Ãâ¬Ãâ¢s capital city.
In the Dominican Repubic, dancing the merengue is like breathing. Join the crowds and twirl the night away at the Plaza Juan BarÃÆÃÂ³n Fajardo, where the Merengue Festival action happens. Representing one of the nationÃÂ¢Ãâ¬Ãâ¢s traditional styles of music and dance, the Merengue Festival features live merengue bands from around the world, DJs and beer vendors with blasting sound systems on every block, as well as a parade, delicious foods, and arts and crafts exhibits.
The national dance of the Dominican Republic, the merengue is a sexy, beat-driven Caribbean dance that originated on the island. Each year at the Santo Domingo Merengue Festival, the rhythms get faster and the dancers showcase even sexier, hip-gyrating moves. This dance and music culture has been popular in the country for about 150 years.