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Indigenous Guatemalan activist opens new tour with concert at UVa

The first Indigenous singer-songwriter to perform in the Kaqchikel language for an international audience will launch her new tour with a concert in Cabell Hall Auditorium.

Sara Curruchich will sing in Spanish and Kaqchikel Maya during her free concert at 7 p.m. Thursday.

At noon Thursday, Curruchich and her band also will take part in “Making Noise with Sara Curruchich,” a reception and conversation in UVa’s Music Library.

Curruchich is an award-winning singer-songwriter and human rights activist who travels across Guatemala to perform her music in remote communities. She focuses on Indigenous people and promotes a more inclusive environment that keeps native communities involved and respected; she also is a proponent of women’s rights, particularly Indigenous women’s rights. The new tour she will launch Thursday will take her to various venues across the United States and in Europe.

Curruchich has spent the week as an artist in residence at the University of Virginia, visiting classes and participating in workshops. Local events included a screening of “Desde Nuestro Muxu’x,” a 2019 documentary on Curruchich and her work by Juan Pablo Rojas that won the Award of Merit in the Latin/Hispanic category of the Festival Best Shorts Competition.

In 2021, she won the inaugural MIAW Transformer Award at the MTV Millennial Awards in Mexico City. The Ford Foundation selected her for its Global Fellowship Program the same year.

Admission is free, but each audience member needs to get a ticket from UVa’s Arts Box Office. For tickets or information, go to or call (434) 924-3376.


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