Official 2012 Feria de Las Flores (Flower Fair) Guide

OK, here is a link to the official guide.

And here is a general website about the Flower Fair:  http://www.feriadelasflores.medellin.travel/

In Giradota It’s Lechona on Sundays

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!

VIII International Classical Music Season Starts

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
E. Tabakov

The Night of the Mayas
S. Revueltas

The Rite of Spring
I. Stravinsky
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.

Presentations at the Lido during May 2010

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

At the Lido 22 April through 25 April 2010

Performances at the Lido are free of charge. This is a great service provided by the City. The Lido is located at the Parque Bolivar near the Metropolitan cathedral in the center city area.

Thursday 22 April 1600

Videos of the Medellin’s center city.

Friday 23 April 1900

Dance: Astrotango presents “Fragmentos”

Saturday 24 April 1800

Music: Concert by the Medellin Philharmonic Orchestra

Sunday 25 April 1100

Music: Concert by the Network of Music Schools of Medellin.