Regional Office for Culture in Latin America and the Caribbean

Portal of Culture of Latin America and the Caribbean

Peru - District of El Carmen (Province of Chincha)

El Carmen received the denomination of Cradle of Afro-Peruvian Folklore. There is a constant artistic activity, by individuals or association promoting the practice of afro-Peruvian music expressions (festejo, zapateo, panalivio, landó, etc.) The local cultural associations and government have obtained the recognition of El Carmen as the stronghold of black musical genre.

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In the last few years El Carmen has become consolidated as the hotspot of afro-Peruvian music. In this sense, the work of important artistic families, such as the Ballumbrosio family, should be acknowledged, since they have been able to make afro-Peruvian culture visible in different national and international scenarios.


Likewise, El Carmen holds various artistic activities and festivals liked to black culture.


Among the local cultural institutions, we may name: The Daniel Comboni afro-Peruvian Cultural Centre, which develops activities to revaluate the afro Peruvian cultural identity, and the Amador Ballumbrosio Cultural Centre, dedicated to the promotion of afro-Peruvian music.

Accessibility: From Lima taking the Panamericana Sur, it is 220 Km away. Time estimated is three hours and twenty minutes.
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Historical name

In 1866, El Carmen appears as a district by the same name in the extinct province of La Independencia.

Founding Date

28 August 1916


Plaza de Armas Nº 127, Palacio municipal. , PC: 11740 .

Phone numbers

(056) 274036

Responsible entity

District municipality of El Carmen and San Andres Comboni Cultural Centre of the same district.

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Current Use

Human settlement

Original use

Human settlement

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