The Capicu Cultural Showcase is a popular and powerful collaboration that is making history in Brooklyn, New York City!
¿Quien somos? We are a grassroots house of poetry and performing arts in
New York City, formed in Brooklyn. Founded in March 2007, Capicu has
already made it’s presence known in NY by featuring both veteran as
well as up and coming performers of spoken word, prominent visual
artists, up and coming entrepreneurs, comedians and select musical
guests. We’re a partnership between the cutting edge event coordinator PaPo Swiggity and established online entity SofritoForYourSoul Urban Jibaro,
also supported by some of NYC’s most powerful artists & musicians
including some of the elders from Nuyorican Poets Cafe. We welcome all
styles and poets, though our showcase is themed around our Nuyorican
origins. We also develop open mic and featured artists events all
across NYC and Long Island. We have a bi-weekly online radio show for
the global community, here you can listen to some of our archived
We use the principles of Edutainment to culturally enrich and
empower our urban community. Here is a rundown of some of our proudest
Opening night, March 2007. An audience of near 200, with over
20 open mic poets in a 3 hour event at Area51 Lounge in Brooklyn, a
venue that had never seen poetry in its space before.
In December 2007 and December 2008, we developed the Pa’L Pueblo Toy Drive, which helped bring toys to over 100 children at a Bushwick United Headstart school. Here, we also formed a lasting relationship with world class artisans Taino Spirit,
whose work you may see featured at the Museum of Natural History, the
United Nations, and as the featured artists for Comite Noviembre 2008.
In February 2008, we brought legendary author Piri Thomas (of Down These Mean Streets) to our venue for the people of Brooklyn. Selected poets paid homage to Piri for his lifes work.
In March 2008, we brought Ernesto Quiñones to our 2nd Anniversary show, who read a passage from his critically acclaimed book, Bodega Dreams.
In October 2008, we had the honor of featuring Jesus Papoleto Melendez, best friend of the late Pedro Pietri and one of the founding fathers of the Nuyorican Movement.
Later that month, in collaboration with Phi Iota Alpha Latino Fraternity we also featured Chi-town spoken word phenomenon Mayda Del Valle at Long Island University.
In November 2008 and June 2009, we coordinated the Casa Ana Charity event featuring rising stars of spoken word and comedy for
Orphans International World Wide, to benefit their project in formation
in the Dominican Republic. Pulitzer Prize winning author Junot Díaz
contributed a message of hope to the children of Azua in the Dominican
Republic, the community of Washington Heights and Dominicans around the
Our visitors have come from as far out as California to perform
or catch our shows.
Capicu Poetry has been featured on an opening segment of HITN TV’s Dialogo De Costa en Costa with Malin Falu in 2007, and Latin Beat Magazine May 07 Edition.
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Artists/ General Contact:
Juan “PaPo Swiggity” Santiago
Cofounder & Talent Curator
Capicu Cultural Showcase
Media/ Partnership Contact:
George “Urban Jibaro” Torres
Cofounder & Business Manager
Capicu Cultural Showcase