Visitors Are Enchanted with Puerto Rico’s Rich Arts

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, Feb. 1 /PRNewswire/ — From inspirational and educational art exhibits to vivacious music and dance festivals, the splendors of Puerto Rico’s culture are waiting to captivate visitors through the arts. The Festival Casals, honoring Puerto Rican musical legend, Pablo Casals, is celebrating its 49th season this year and the San Juan Print Triennial, Puerto Rico’s cultural event of the year, is featuring over 250 works of art from throughout Latin America. These inspiring events are two of the many ways visitors can experience true Puerto Rican culture through the arts. Following are details of the special events taking place this year.

* At the San Juan Center for the Perfoming Arts, the Casals Festival
(2/26-3/12), founded in 1957 by famous cellist, conductor and composer
Pablo Casals, brings to San Juan the world’s most important musical
talent. This season, Justino Diaz and Elias Lopez Soba celebrate their
third year brilliantly directing this festival musically and
artistically. They are the first Puerto Ricans to ever hold these
positions. For information, call (787) 728-7727 or visit
http://www.festcasalspr.gobierno.pr/

* As part of the San Juan Print Triennial: Latin America and the
Caribbean (12/4/04-3/6/05), the Institute of Puerto Rican Culture is
featuring in galleries all over the San Juan metropolitan area, the
exhibition “Trans/Migrations: Printmaking As Contemporary Art”. This
exhibition features works by over 100 artists and collectives from 14
countries, including the United States and Canada. For more
information, call (787) 724-5932 or visit
http://www.icp.gobierno.pr/apl/apl_noticias.htm

* The Puerto Rican Danza Week (5/17-5/23) commemorates what is the most
expressive art form in the Puerto Rican culture: danza music and dance.
Rooted in Puerto Rico’s Spanish heritage, danza was originally enjoyed
by the wealthy as a common social activity. Eventually, the music
became a tradition for all Puerto Rican people. The national anthem, La
Borinquena, is Puerto Rico’s best-known and most sentimental danza.
For information, call (787) 724-0707 or visit
http://www.gotopuertorico.com/

* The Puerto Rico Heineken Jazz Fest (6/2-6/5) has grown to become
recognized by jazz critics and lovers as a true jazz event. It is the
only festival that highlights Latin jazz while covering the entire
spectrum of jazz styles. Outdoor seating at the Tito Puente
amphitheater allows for optimum enjoyment and an intimate setting. For
information, call (787) 277-9200 or visit
http://www.prheinekenjazz.com/

* At the Artisan’s Fair (6/3-6/5) more than 200 artisans gather at Plaza
Darsenas and the Paseo La Princesa in Old San Juan to display and
exhibit their creations. The fair also features local delicacies, music
and dance. For information, call (787) 721-2400 or visit
http://www.gotopuertorico.com/.

* The year round Puerto Rico Le Lo Lai Festival is a series of weekly
shows of popular and folkloric music presented Thursday to Sunday at
various locations throughout the island. This program promotes and
cultivates Puerto Rican culture through folkloric dances and music. For
reservations and location information, call (800)866-7828/(787)723-3135
or visit http://www.gotopuertorico.com/

* The Puerto Rico Museum of Art, located in Santurce, featuring artistic
traditions of painting, sculpture, graphics, ceramics, folk art,
photography and other contemporary media, is nearly 500 years old. The
non-profit museum collects, exhibits and interprets art of Puerto Rican
heritage. At the same time, it fosters awareness of other art
traditions from Latin America and the rest of the world. For
information, call (787) 977-6277 or visit http://www.mapr.org/.

* The Museum of the Americas in Old San Juan, located in the ancient
Cuartel de Ballaja building constructed by the Spanish military in
1854, offers through its permanent and temporary exhibits, a vision of
history and culture of the Americas. Its well-known permanent
exhibitions are Popular Arts of the Americas and African Heritage in
which world renowned artists from the United Status, Latin America and
Puerto Rico exhibit their work. For information, call (787) 724-5052
or visit http://www.prtc.net/~musame/

* Having just moved to its new home in Santurce late last year, the
Museum of Contemporary Art of Puerto Rico continues to lure art
enthusiasts to its dynamic and modern collection of artists from Puerto
Rico and all over Latin America. For information, call (787) 977-4030
or visit http://www.museocontemporaneopr.org/

* The renowned Ponce Museum of Art, designed by Edward Durell Stone, who
also designed New York’s Museum of Modern Art, captivates art lovers
with the finest collection of European works in the Caribbean,
featuring works by Velasquez, Rubens, Gainsborough and Rodin. Housing
more than 1,000 paintings and 400 sculptures, it includes a superb
collection of pre-Raphaelite art, and baroque paintings and sculptures.
For information, call (787) 848-0505 or visit
http://www.museoarteponce.org/

For additional information about Puerto Rico’s arts, call (800) 866-7827 or visit http://www.gotopuertorico.com/.

The Puerto Rico Tourism Company was created in 1970 to promote and increase tourism to Puerto Rico. Their mission is to set a standard of excellence through the implementation of a world-class tourism policy that establishes Puerto Rico as the first choice for world travelers and business in the Caribbean.

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