July 9, 2012 at 14:23 (Colombia, Cultural Events, Dance, Expat Community, Foods and Beverages, Life in the Big City, Medellin, Piedras Blancas, Santa Elena, Side Trips)
Tags: Botanical Gardens, Colombia, Expat Community, Foods and Beverages, Medellin, Orchids, Piedras Blancas, Santa Elena
It’s getting close to the time of year again when Medellin goes crazy for a month. This is a link to the preliminary schedule. I will post the final version when it is available.
Lots of fun stuff to do including the big orchid/flower show at the Botanical Gardens. Here is some amateur video from last years show.
Other popular events include the antique car parade (Desfile de Autos Clásicos), the horse parade (caballgata) and of course the sillateros. These are traditional floral displays that originated with transporting the flowers from Santa Elena where they are/were grown to the market places of Medellin. They are beautiful indeed.
One of my favorite events is the sancocho contest in Santa Elena. Sancocho is a delicious stew and in this event all the surrounding villages compete for the honor of making the best. The results are of course for sale 🙂
These are just a few of the events that will take place all over the city and for most of the month. Please check the preliminary schedule for a better idea of just how much happens during August.
March 20, 2012 at 14:50 (Buses, Colombia, Cultural Events, Dance, Foods and Beverages, Medellin, Neighborhoods, Side Trips, The Metro, Transportation, Travel)
Tags: Colombia, Cultural Events, Dance, Expat Community, Foods and Beverages, Medellin, Side Trips, Transportation
We took a trip Sunday down to Girardota and Barbosa to see what these towns have to offer. The towns themselves are not particularly interesting visually. Both have central plazas and reasonably nice churches but they have little of the charm of more traditional locations like San Pedro de Milagros, el Retiro and Helicona. Given we were using public transport we did not have time to explore their surroundings. They are known however for outdoor recreational facilities with pools, lounges, food and drink
We did make one very nice discovery in Girardota. On Sunday’s, lechona (suckling pig stuffed with rice) abounds and both restaurants and street vendors sell this delicious dish. We found it offered at both $COP 7,000 and 8,000. This comes out to about $US 4.00 and 4.50 for a generous plateful + salad, potatoes and a small arepa.
We also chatted with a man in Girardota who told us that in the San Andres neighborhood (vereda) there is a group that performs local traditional dances on demand and serves meals for tourists. We will be visiting there to see what this is all about and will report back.
If you decide to drop in for a Sunday treat you can buy an integrated ticket that includes both your Metro fare to the Niquia Station and a ticket for a connecting bus down to Girardota. These are available at the Metro ticket booth where you enter the system. The bus ride is about 15 or 20 minutes so it is close enough for a comfortable day trip.
If you go, please let us know what you think!
March 10, 2012 at 11:05 (Art and Artists, Colombia, Dance, Expat Community, Life in the Big City, Medellin, Music, Theater)
Tags: Art, Artists, Colombia, Cultural Events, Dance, Medellin, Music
Medellin’s Teatro Metropolitano is starting its 8th international classical music season today with Stravinsky and Revueltas. The music to be performed is as follows:
Lament For Twelve Double Basses
The Night of the Mayas
The Rite of Spring
When: 6:00 pm.
Prices: $COP40.000, $COP30.000, $COP20.000 ($US 22.70, $US17.00, $US11.35) Such a deal!
Where to Purchase Tickets: Theater Ticket Box.
Presented by: Orquesta Filarmónica de Medellín
Information: 232 28 58 ó 262 55 00
On 13 March there is a performance by the Boston Brass.
This is just the beginning. Take a look at this link for additional performances between now and the end of April. These include RÉQUIEM DE GABRIEL FAURÉ and REQUIEM DE G. VERDI.
May 13, 2010 at 17:05 (Art and Artists, Colombia, Cultural Events, Dance, Music, Theater)
Tags: Art, Artists, Colombia, Cultural Events, Dance, Medellin, Music, Theater
I just got the schedule for May so we start near mid-month. Don’t forget these performances are presented by the City of Medellin and admission is free! The Lido is located downtown near the southeast corner of the Parque Bolivar.
13 May 2010 06:00 PM
Music: Concert by the Medellin Philharmonic Orcherstra
14 May 2010 7:00 PM
Music: Launch of the Tributo disk with Explosion Negra supported by a creativity grant from the Secretary of Cultural Citizenship
15 May 2010 7:00 PM
Dance: Folk Dance Show with Rapsodia Negra
16 May 2010 11:00 AM
Children’s Theater: “La Gata” with Corporacion Nuestra Gente
20 May 2010 7:00 PM
Theater: Galileo Galilei with Teatro Hora 25
21 May 2010 7:00 PM
Music: Opera RITA de Gaetano Donizetti with the Orquestra Sinfonia Universidad EAFIT
22 May 2010 7:00 PM
Music: “Illary 2010” Launch of a new production. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ps1ZQ9PowVQ&NR=1
23 May 2010 03:00 PM
Closing concert of the Eighth Colombian Festival of Song and Enchantment.
27 May 2010 7:00 PM
Theater: “Dicha y Desdicha de la Niña Conchita” Colectivo Teatro Matacandelas.
28 May 2010 7:00 PM
Music: Concert with the Brass Quintet directed by Fernando Pabon
29 May 2010 07:00 PM
Dance: Divas-High Heels and Wigs Corporacion Artisitica y Cultural Stars Swing Creativity Grant 2009
30 May 2010 11:00 AM
Music: Concert with the Medellin Music School Network