Bogotá’s Culture Shines in August
The 14th Annual Bogotá Festival is set to begin Friday August 6th. This festival being the largest and most important of the Colombian capital city will span over the entire month of August. It commemorates the 472nd anniversary of the founding of the city by Gonzalo Jimenez de Quesada and the Bicentennial of Independence from Spain. This festival being the largest and most important of the Colombian capital city will span over the entire month of August.
Organized by the Ministry of Culture, Recreation and Sport, the District Institute of Cultural Heritage and the Bogotá Philharmonic Orchestra the festival will take place primarily over three strategic points in the city: the Piazzetta del Chorro de Quevedo (Cl cr 13 with 2), the small square adjacent to the Library The Tintal (Av City Cali No. 6C-09) and sports of the Urbanization La Aurora (Tv 71sur 3C with cl, Usme).
The opening celebration will begin on Friday August 6 from 5:00 to 10:00 pm with a with a spectacular concert (Argentine Diego Torres and the Colombian Mauricio; Palodeagua and Sebastian Yepes) in the Plaza de Simon Bolivar Park and fireworks. For the next 10 days over 100 activities are scheduled. From sport to music, recreation and cultural the events are scheduled to take place at Parque Metropolitano Simón Bolívar.
Some high profile events include the Aquatic Balle de Cuba, the original characters of the Children’s Discovery Kids Channel, the Pan American Softball Championship, the International Skating Gala and the Grand Prix of International Billiards.
Salsa lovers should enjoy partaking in the events of the Plaza de Bolivar to be held on the 21st and 22nd of August. The festival will pay tribute to Julio Ernesto Estrada “Fruko”, considered the pioneer of salsa in Colombia and a key figure in the popularization of this music in Colombia.
The grand finalé will take place Saturday August 28 at 1:00 pm with the Metropolitan Comparsas Parade. The parade which will involve 1500 artists is expected to draw over 100 thousand people. It will begin at the National Park and will conclude at Plaza de Bolivar. For more information on the events visit the Ministry of Culture website at http://www.culturarecreacionydeporte.gov.co/portal/event/2010/08/11/day/all/all/1
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