This year the festival is celebrating its 22nd consecutive year. There are several categories of competition:
1- Murgas Leticianas -- People of any age can participate in this category, but the songs must reflect the music of the area of Leticia and the surrounding region.
2- Cantantes Aficionados -- In this impromptu contest, participants must sing about an assigned topic (they cannot receive help from the audience) and are accompanied by a musical group that plays the different rhythms of the region.
3- Montaje Musical Dancistico -- These are coreographed dances which display through dance the daily life of the people of the region.
4- Composititor /Autor -- A theme is given prior to the event and composers write songs that are then judged with a prize awarded
There are also prizes for:
5- Best Musical group
6- Best Artist
7- Best Amazonian Song of the year
One of the greats of the music of the Amazon is Pedro Bernal. He won the best all around performer at the 8th Piracuru festival. This year, he was selected to represent the department of Amazonas in the recent GRAN CONCIERTO NACIONAL 2009 which was held in Bogota recently. You can see his performance at the National Concert here:
EVEN BETTER -- see him sing the National Anthem accompanied by a singing group of Ticuna Indians that sing the anthem in their native language.