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Information updated December 2009

February 02, 2010
  • Time for Carnival!
  • Cultural workshop
  • Botero exhibition in Santo Domingo
  • Farr 40 World Championship 2010
Time for Carnival!
It’s Carnival time in the DR. This means that carnival processions are celebrated every Sunday afternoon. Dominican carnival is a colorful experience in which the festive spirit of the country’s people comes to the fore as carnival characters take to the streets in search of fun. While originally a Spanish custom, throughout the centuries carnival has evolved and the traditional costumes representing devils parade alongside vestiges of Indian and African ancestors, throughout the cities and towns from early morning to late Sunday night. The most famous carnival parades take place in La Vega, Bonao and Santiago.
Cultural workshop
The cultural value of Barahona, Montecristi and Puerto Plata will be highlighted during the celebration of a 4-day workshop, Pre-Sirchal-Icomos starting at 7pm today, 2 February at the headquarters of the College of Engineers, Architects and Surveyors (Codia) on Calle Padre Billini, in Santo Domingo’s Colonial City. The workshop, “Alternative Policies for Evaluating Cultural Heritage in Secondary Cities” is sponsored by UNESCO. It is being organized by the Dominican Tourism Competitiveness Consortium (CDCT) and the International Council on Monuments and Sites (Icomos). The three cities share an important architectural tradition of wood houses. Leo Orellana is facilitating the workshop.
Botero exhibition in Santo Domingo
67 works by Colombian artist Fernando Botero will be on display at the Palace of Fine Arts (Palacio de Bellas Artes) starting Thursday, 4 February. The traveling exhibition has already been seen in Ecuador, Peru, Argentina, Panama, Mexico, Brazil and Spain. It will be in Santo Domingo until April. The exhibition focuses predominantly on the violence in Colombia. Botero says he donated these works to the National Museum of Colombia so that the citizens and peoples of the world could be witness to the cruelty of a people affected by guerrillas and drug trafficking. Botero resides in Italy.
Farr 40 World Championship 2010
La Romana is preparing to host the Farr 40 World Championship 2010 at Casa de Campo Marina from 21-24 April. The event is sponsored by Rolex. In this event, skippers need to be the owners of their boats. This is the first time that the event is being held in the Caribbean. Coming are athletes from Australia, Italy, Denmark, Greece, US, France, and other countries. Gianfranco Fini, commodore of the Casa de Campo Yacht Club is the chief organizer. He told Listin Diario that he is sure that it will put the DR high up in the world sailing circuit, focusing eyes of the world on the DR, with its “wonderful sea and one of the best hosts in the world”.

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