Most weekends in Antigua Guatemala are marimba days. There are quite a few places, private and public, where one can listen to live marimba music. In this particular case, the marimba players were providing the soundtrack for the weekend temporary handicraft market that set up over the weekend on the atrium of the former Compañía de Jesús building, now the headquarter for the Cooperación Española.
Do you like marimba music? I ask because I don’t and only listen to it when there is no choice like in this particular case.
I never get tired of urging you to visit Guatemala during the dry season. The weather is the best, the light is magical and there are so many celebrations, the best celebrations in my opinion, such as Day of the Dead, All Saints Day, Thanksgiving, Burning of the Devil, Posadas, Christmas, New Year’s, Día de Reyes, Carnival, and some years even the world-famous Holy Week of Antigua Guatemala.
This photo is a typical portrait of the weather during the dry season. What are you waiting for? Book your next flight to Antigua Guatemala right now, don’t wait any longer…
If you’re not in Antigua Guatemala right now, you don’t know what you’re missing. Well, I will help you know what you’re missing by not being in Antigua Guatemala. Let’s start with a photo festival, an orchid exposition, a haunting music nights.
Last Friday night was magical with melodic and enchanting music performed by musicians Ishto Juevez and Ixtapoch Vallenas inside the gardens of the Compañía de Jesús Building in Antigua Guatemala. The weather and temperatures were just perfect, the night was lit by a full moon and the musicians by colourful spotlights that not only highlighted the musicians but also the amazing venue that is the Cooperación Española. Below I share with you some of Ishto Juevez music and video clip for one of his most popular songs and a photo gallery of the night. Enjoy!
Here’s a follow up to Run Lolo Run published over five years ago. Once again, there’s kid running with both feet on the air. Also, once again the kid is framed, but this time the perspective is different. Visit the original Run Lolo Run and compare it with todays photo and tell us which one you like better.
As in previous years, once again I had the opportunity to attend one of the jazz recitals of the 12th International Jazz Festival at the Compañía de Jesús atrium. The Edgar Dorantes Quartet from Xalapa, Veracruz ignited the chilly night with a wonderful performance, a mixture of tried-and-tested classic pieces, latin jazz pieces and original material. This year the Festival Internacional de Jazz expanded to include performances in the cities of Antigua Guatemala, Cobán, Guatemala City and Quetzaltenango (Xela).
As some of you might recall, I love photographing concerts because of the colorful spot light and the play of light and shadows.
I took about 36 photographs and a few video clips, I am sharing three more images below and the closing Thelonious Monk piece. If you’re in Xela this Saturday (March 17), make sure you go see the Edgar Dorantes Quartet at the Teatro Municipal; the entrance will be free.
If you’re in Guatemala right now, don’t miss the remaining performances for this upcoming week. The 12 Festival Internacional de Jazz will close on Saturday, March 24.
This is just one of the many relaxing areas found inside the Antiguo Colegio de la Compañía de Jesús, now headquarters of the Centro de Formación de la Cooperación Española, CFCE for short. What I like about this patio is the fountain and green area which make it a great place to have chat. There are several other patios, even a little more private if you walk towards the Café inside the CFCE.
Make you sure add this building as a must-see and must-take photos of on your to-do list for Antigua Guatemala!
Rudy, just want to say amazing job with this blog, your photographs are artful and your commentary is engaging. After clicking through a few months worth of entries, I think my mind has been made up that I will choose Antigua as my next destination. Thanks for your great work! —Darren
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