Free Culture

Violoncello Concert

Free Culture In La Antigua Guatemala we are so lucky to have plenty of free culture. The Festival Internacional de Jazz en Antigua and the Festival Internacional de Cultura Paiz come to mind right away, but almost every week or even every day there’s a free event happening in Antigua Guatemala. For those of us who love cultural events regardless of whether they are free or not, La Antigua Guatemala provides an unparalleled stage with the most enchanting venues in Guatemala or even Central America. Last Thursday, for instance, we had the opportunity to attend a free violoncello concert sponsored by the Alianza Francesa (French Alliance) in the San José El Viejo ruins. The violoncello player was very young and very talented; certainly the entire audience was moved by his virtuoso performance. Yo me estremecí.

I don’t think this is the meaning of Free Culture that Lawrence Lessig was thinking about when he set out to write his book. If you haven’t read yet “Free Culture: How Big Media Uses Technology and the Law to Lock Down Culture and Control Creativity“, I recommend you do since it’s a free book full of interesting facts and thought-provoking arguments. Below a quote from the Free Culture:

There has never been a time in history when more of our ‘culture’ was as ‘owned’ as it is now. And yet there has never been a time when the concentration of power to control the uses of culture has been as unquestioningly accepted as it is now. (Free Culture pg. 28)

After reading Free Culture, one comes to REALLY appreciate the free culture offers available in Antigua Guatemala. What kind of free cultural events would you like to attend next time you visit La Antigua Guatemala?

Portfolio bragging sharing
I forgot to share with you that many of the photos of AntiguaDailyPhoto found their way onto the pages of SilverKris, the travel magazine of Singapore Airlines. Click on the center of the thumbnail below to see all the pages of the story. Also, I created a Portfolio page where I will be sharing with you all the different places where the photographs appear. Check it out, there is another surprise cover in there!

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  • I love cello music! I play violin! Both the first cello player photo and the yellow photo with the mother and daughter are fantastic! Bravo! Encore!

  • JerryBrown

    As utopian as it sounds, there is no such thing as “free” culture, or “free” anything else, for that matter, on this earth. Someone has to pay for it. So, enjoy, you’ll get a chance to pay for it somehow. 🙂 And no, nobody owes it to you either. 😉

  • Stephanie

    Congratulations on the Singapore Airlines photos! And what an amazing photo of the cello player in the ruins. For me it evoked a sense of sound. I don’t know what it really was like, but I could imagine the music drifting through the space of the ruins.

  • Wow, lovely pic and lovely to hear about your pictures being taken up by publications, Rudy. And thanks for the pointer to the free book!

  • By the way, I forgot to mention that Violoncello player was Yan Levionnois, born 1990. Some of the pieces that he performed were Sebastien Bach, George Crumb, Zoltán Kodaly and Henri Dutilleux.

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