Luisa Astudillo González fought for her life for several days at the Virgen de la Puerta High Complexity Hospital
The researcher and promoter of Afro-Peruvian dances, Luisa Inés Astudillo González, died last night a victim of covid-19 at the Virgen de la Puerta High Complexity Hospital, located in the province of Trujillo, La Libertad region.
Astudillo González fought for her life for several days; however, she ultimately lost the battle against the disease, which has so far left more than 6,000 victims in the La Libertad region.
The Decentralized Directorate of Culture (DDC) of La Libertad, through its social networks, expressed its condolences to family and friends for the departure of Astudillo, who on June 21 was going to turn 80 years old. She also highlighted that the Afro-Peruvian leader was distinguished in June 2019 by the Ministry of Culture as a Meritorious Personality of Culture.
“We ask the Eternal Father to accompany you and bless you at this time,” read on Facebook, accompanied by a black and white photo where Astudillo appears smiling.
The former Deputy Minister of Cultural Heritage and Cultural Industries of the Ministry of Culture, María Elena Córdova Burga, also expressed regret at the death of the Trujillo cultural manager.
“Although with a broken heart and tears that do not stop flowing, Lucha Astudillo leaves us the memory of beautiful shared moments. The consolation of her immense affection, her kindness, and that smile of her always encouraged us. Kisses to the sky, dear sir ”, reads one of the photos shared by one of the workers of the DDC La Libertad.
In 2019, Luisa Astudillo, who was also the founder and director of the Afro-Peruvian dance group Trujillo Mío, was nominated for the Order of Merit for Women 2019 award from the Ministry of Women and Vulnerable Populations (Mimp).
“My dream, my wish is to build the Escuela de Danzas Negras in Trujillo, where not only is it taught to dance these rhythms, but there is also a research department on our origin,” she said that time when she learned of her nomination.
In 2011, in an interview for the newspaper La Industria de Trujillo, Astudillo revealed that her interest and passion for Afro-Peruvian music appeared during the folklore course she takes at the Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marco while studying Physical Education.
Since 2006, every June 4 the Afro-Peruvian Culture Day is celebrated, in homage to the birth of Nicomedes Santa Cruz, the most important researcher, decimista, poet, and fundamental representative of Afro-Peruvian social thought.
In the context of that date, Astudillo and her group Trujillo Mío presented a show of folk dances at the DDC theater in La Libertad, but the group had presentations throughout the year at the national level.