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Nicaragua's First Cultural Series to Debut in South Florida and Washington, D.C.; Showcasing Nicaragua's Folkloric Masterpiece - El Gueguense - and Other Performing and Visual Arts.
From: Business Wire  |  Date: 9/6/2006
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MANAGUA, Nicaragua -- The Nicaragua Tourism Board today announced the country's first Nicaragua Cultural Series, with a variety of performances and exhibits being presented during the months of October and November in South Florida and Washington, D.C.
Among the various events, the Tourism Board will be introducing El Gueguense -- Nicaragua's signature folkloric masterpiece combining music, dance and theater -- which in 2005 was proclaimed by UNESCO as an intangible cultural heritage of mankind for its unique place in Latin America's folk heritage. The Cultural Series, which in general will be free-of-charge to the public, will include a visual arts exhibit at the Nicaraguan Embassy (Washington, D.C.), and performances by Nicaragua's Ballet Folklorico at the IDB Cultural Center Theatre (Washington, D.C.), the Smithsonian Museum (Washington, D.C.) and the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino (S. Florida). (See full details below).
"We are thrilled to introduce Nicaragua's cultural attractions in the United States," says Maria Rivas, Nicaragua's Minister of Tourism. "Nicaragua is an ideal destination for those interested in cultural travel. Our love of craftsmanship, cuisine, music, dance and poetry is prominently displayed throughout the country. These events will hopefully provide a glimpse into Nicaragua's rich folklore and passion for the arts."
Events include:
South Florida October 18, 2006 - Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Dance and Music of the Colonial Comedy El Gueguense, designated a Masterpiece of Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO in 2005, and other folk dances Where: 1 Seminole Way Hollywood, Florida Information: 1-954-327-7625 (ask for box office) Washington, D.C. October 19th - November 2nd, 2006 - Embassy of Nicaragua A Visual Art Retrospective, An Exposition of Nicaraguan Artists (Including paintings, sculptures, installations, photography and video) Where: 1627 New Hampshire Ave., NW (Open Mon.-Sun., 10:00 am - 7:00 pm) Information: 1-202-939-6546 Free entry October 20th, 2006 - Inter-American Development Bank Theatre Dance and Music of the Colonial Comedy El Gueguense and other folk dances performed by Ballet Folklorico Nicaraguense Where: 1300 New York Avenue, NW Time: 6:30 p.m. Information: 1-202-623-3774 (Seating limited to first-come, first-serve) Free entry October 20th - 21st, 2006 - National Museum of the American Indian of the Smithsonian Institution El Gueguense and other folk dances of Nicaragua with interpretations by indigenous scholar. Performed by Ballet Folklorico Nicaraguense. Where: 4th St. and Independence Ave., SW Time: Performances at 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. daily Information: (202) 633-1000 Free entry
The Nicaraguan Cultural Series is a ongoing program of activities designed by the Nicaraguan Tourism Board to share the nation's art, music, history and culture with audiences in the U.S. in efforts to create awareness and attract travelers interested in cultural tourism to visit Nicaragua and experience the wonders and magic of the country's cultural heritage. Sponsors include American Airlines, Gran Pacifica, Inter-American Development Bank, National Museum of the American Indian of the Smithsonian Institution and the Seminole Plaza/Seminole Tribe of Florida.
About El Gueguense
Considered one of Latin America's most distinctive colonial-era expressions, El Gueguense is the earliest known theatrical piece in Nicaragua. Several dance scenes from this festive, satirical play are presented every year from January 17-27 during Nicaragua's celebration of the Feast of San Sebastian, patron saint of the city of Diriamba. This play offers spectators a synthesis of Spanish and indigenous cultures combining theatre, dance, and music.
For more information on Nicaragua travel, please visit http://www.visit-nicaragua.com or call 1-888-SEE-NICA.
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