Welcome to Rozinlapaz calendar of arts and cultural events in La Paz, BCS, México. The website is on break until October. Until then, I’ll post arts and cultural events on my Rozinlapaz Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/rozinlapaz.
There may be no updates to this website’s calendar of events until the fall, but you can still find useful information on this website:
- The “Venues” page lists the location of arts and cultural centre
- The “Live Music” page lists bars and restaurants that feature live music
- The “Links” page is a directory of online resources
- The “Ongoing Activities” page lists gatherings that meet weekly or on an ongoing basis.
- The “Features” archives has stories from past years about artists and musicians.
Here are some suggestions to help keep you find out what’s happening in La Paz while the website is on summer break:
- Visit the Facebook page rozinlapaz
- Check the postings on the online publications, such as the Yahoo group “La Paz Gringos”, the Facebook newsfeed “Loco La Paz Ex-Pats”, the Facebook newsfeed “Eventos en La Paz” (in Spanish) and The Baja Citizen online and The Baja Citizen Facebook page. You will find contact information on the Links page of this website.
- Read the Agenda Cultural de BCS (published monthly online in Spanish); one way to find the latest issue is to follow the links for “Agenda Cultural” from the state government’s cultural events site at www.culturabcs.gob.mx. The calendar of events is easy to navigate with minimal Spanish and a dictionary.
- Through the Internet or in person, visit the cultural centres (Centro Cultural La Paz, Galería de Arte Carlos Olachea, Centro de Artes y Culturas Populares de Baja California Sur, Teatro de la Ciudad, La Escuela de Música del Estado and Alianza Francesa de La Paz, among others). Contact information is on the Venues page of this website.
- Drop by the tourism office on 16 de Septiembre at the corner of Belisario Dominguez and ask about events coming up. There’s also a tourism office next to the skateboard park across from the Malecón on Obregón between Bravo and Rosales. The tourism office is also helpful in showing you on a map where to find an address.
Below you’ll find more ideas, plus a calendar of some major cultural events in the coming months.
Art and cultural exhibitions: There are several galleries around La Paz that feature temporary art shows and cultural displays, among them: Galería de Arte Carlos Olachea (Antonio Navarro between Ignacio Manuel Altamirano and Héroes de Independencia, next door to Teatro de la Ciudad); the lobby of Teatro de la Ciudad; the Centro de Artes, Tradiciones y Culturas Populares (Calle Madero between Constitución and 5 de Mayo); Centro Cultural La Paz (16 de Septiembre and Belisario Dominguez); Alianza por la Lengua Francesa’s Centro Cultural Roger de Conynck (Gómez Farias 525 between República and Guerrero); Galería La Pintada in the Casa de Cultura del Estado de BCS (Calle Madero 825 between Salvatierra and Torre Iglesias). Admission is free. See the “Venues” page and the organizations’ Facebook pages for more information.
Museums: The anthropology museum, Museo Regional de Antropología e Historia, is at Altamirano and 5 de Mayo — there is a small admission. The whale museum, Museo de la Ballena, is on Calle Obregón at the corner of 16 de Septiembre — there is an admission. See the “Venues” page for more information.
Concert halls and theatres: Among the theatres and concert venues in the city are: Sala de Conciertos de la Ciudad de La Paz (at Morelos 1055, on the corner of Marcelo Rubio, next to the state music school); the music school, Escuela de Música del Estado; Teatro de la Ciudad (Navarro and Héroes de Independencia); Teatro Juárez (on Belisario Dominguez between 16 de Septiembre and Independencia). See the “Venues” page for more information. Visit the venues or check their Facebook pages for information on upcoming concerts.
On permanent display, cultural display: The collective exhibition, “Hombre, Naturaleza y Cultura” (man, nature and culture), in the CÓDEX Península salon of the Centro Cultural La Paz is a permanent photography show that highlights the special characteristics that make up the cultural identity of Baja California Sur. A video showcasing BCS complements the photographs. Photographers are Elizabeth Moreno Damm, Enrique Hambleton, Alejandro Rivas Sánchez, Carlos Navarro Serment, Carlos Aguilera Calderón, Miguel Ángel de la Cueva and Fernando Sánchez Bernal. Text is in English and Spanish. Admission is free.
Every second Saturday, alternative marketplace: “Vendimia entro Amigos” is a cluster of tables where nonprofit organizations and local producers sell new and used products and handcrafted items. You can also learn more about what the nonprofit groups are doing. Location alternates between the outdoor area near Teatro de la Ciudad (Navarro between Altamirano and Héroes de Independencia) and Agora de La Paz (on Altamirano between 5 de Mayo and Constitución, outside the anthropology museum). Posted hours are from 4 p.m. until about 8:30 p.m.. Visit Vendimia’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Vendimia-entre-amigos-1854047754816486/for more current information.
May 10, Mother’s Day in Mexico: Día de las Madres is always celebrated May 10. Some employers give working mothers the day off, or at least treat them to lunch or flowers. To learn more about how Mother’s Day is celebrated here, go to http://www.bajainsider.com/baja-life/holidays/mothersdaymexico.html. Our northern neighbours celebrate Mother’s Day the second Sunday May — this year it’s May 14.
July 23-31 in Todos Santos, 10th Festival del Mango: Mango dishes, live performances of dance, music, theatre and popular dance, fishing tournament, procession on horseback, football match, show and sale of regional foods and crafts. Consult the festival program online at culturabcs.gob.mx.
Friday/Saturday, Sept. 15-16, Mexican Independence Day: Día de la Independencia Sept. 16 is a national holiday in Mexico to mark the 1810 start of the war for independence against the Spaniards. The day is celebrated with parades, fireworks, fiestas, food, dance and music. Since October 1825, the anniversary of the event is celebrated as Mexican Independence Day. Banks, government offices and many businesses are closed for the holiday. On the eve of Independence Day, in cities throughout Mexico there is a re-enactment of El Grito de Dolores (the cry of independence), shouted out in 1810 in the town of Dolores, Guanajuato, by Miguel Hidalgo, a leader in the nation’s fight for independence. In La Paz in past years, El Grito has been preceded by live entertainment at the Palacio de Gobierno’s Plaza de la Reforma, on Isabel La Católica and Bravo, across the street from Chedraui. Expect crowds for the festivities. Admission is free.
Oct. 29, Daylight Savings Time ends in La Paz and most of the rest of Mexico: Set your clocks back one hour (i.e., from 3 a.m. to 2 a.m.) and enjoy an extra hour of sleep. Daylight Savings Time ends Nov. 5 in the U.S., Canada and cities in areas of Mexico that border the U.S..
Wednesday/Thursday, Nov. 1-2, Festival de Día de Muertos: The Day of the Dead (Día de Muertos) is a Mexican holiday that focuses on gatherings of family and friends to remember those who have died and to help support their spiritual journey. Traditions include building private altars called ofrendas, honoring the deceased using calaveras, aztec marigolds, and the favorite foods and beverages of the departed, and visiting graves with these as gifts. In La Paz. there is an annual two-evening festival to celebrate The Day of the Dead. There are displays of altars, a competition for those dressed as Catrinas and Calaveras, children’s workshops, traditional foods and entertainment on stage. It’s a huge family event, a great La Paz tradition, and it’s free. In past years, the festival would underway at 6 p.m. and pick up speed during the evening at the Esplanada de la Unidad Cultural Prof. Jesús Castro Agúndez, which is between Altamirano and Heroes de Independencia, and between Navarro and Legaspi (the same site as Teatro de la Ciudad).
Monday, Nov. 20, Mexico’s Revolution Day: Día de la Revolución is a national public holiday that celebrates the 10-year revolution that began in 1910 to end the struggle against the 30-year reign of President José de la Cruz Porfirio Diaz. From The Baja Citizen: “The usual festivities include a morning parade along the Malecón. School-aged kids will be on floats dressed up as revolutionaries, bands will be playing music and dance troupes will be making choreographed formations. Shouts of ‘Viva la Revolución!’ and ‘Viva México!’ can be heard. It usually starts at 9 a.m. and runs an hour or two, starting at the corner of Allende and the Malecón.” Banks, government offices, schools and many businesses are closed.
Tuesday, Dec. 12, Día de Guadalupe: The Fiesta de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe marks the beginning of Mexico’s robust Christmas season of celebration. Between now and Jan. 6 (Día de Los Reyes) is a time of posadas, nacimientos, pastorelas and, of course, holiday fiestas. Learn more online at http://www.mexconnect.com/articles/1416-christmas-holidays-in-mexico-festivals-of-light-love-and-peace.
Thursday, Dec. 28, El Día de los Santos Inocentes: This is a day for pranks, equivalent to April Fool’s Day. Don’t be surprised if you see a few outlandish headlines and stories in the local newspapers today. If you read to the end of the article, you will learn that only “an innocent dove” would believe that story.
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