It is becoming more and more popular: people crossing Casco Viejo in their weekend running/bicycle path, and organizations creating marathons using Casco as one of their starting or finishing points (better if finish line, as they go straight to Unido for coffee AND cookies…!)
Here are some photos of last weekend´s marathon. Loved it! everyone showed up, even people running with their kids (and pets!) on strollers… awesome.
Last night, Casco Viejo was full of great activities! free concerts at Plaza Catedral and Plaza V Centenario for completely different reasons: the celebration of Panama´s Red Cross 100 years and the celebration of Great! Britain´s week. Panama is now sister city with Liverpool, so the event included a movie and music by the Beatles. Amazing cocktails!
The Red Cross event had its own celebrities: the family of Lady Mallet, who founded Red Cross in Panama assisted. There is even a building in Casco called Casa Mallet, as per its original owner.
Finally, we had a blast going to Cine Animal at Temporal, where they were showing the art work of Donna Conlon and Jonathan Harker. For the first time, all of their videos were shown together in a retrospective from 2006 to 2014. They have one called “Domino Effect” filmed in Casco, our favorite. But their themes go from the environment to financial and cultural. Go check it out!
Panama´s IFF Festival is here! several of the movies will be showing at the Anita Villalaz Theater and at the Cinta Costera. Starting March 31st, until the 5th of May, check out their extensive movie schedule at their webpage HERE.
Macro Fest is back! March 21st to 26th, this event gathers fashion, art, entrepreneurs in one week in Casco Viejo. If you are an artist or a fashion designer, or an entrepreneur with a cool project, contact Macro at http://macrofest.com/
Today is “Sábado de carnaval”, everyone is out either at the beach or at one of Panama´s countryside towns to celebrate. Casco gets pretty quiet, but if you walk to Central Avenue, you´ll see everyone buzzing, buying lottery tickets, hats, wigs and food, getting ready for the weekend and the parades. Salsipuedes also has a traditional sale of school books, as the school calendar starts right after carnivals. We prefer to avoid the big party at Cinta Costera, if you are in Panama city, do explore Central Avenue or head to the beaches, specially Taboga or anywhere in the Pearl Islands. Traffic to the countryside might be a challenge! if you do go that way, make sure to pack your patience!
Last night was the second edition of Cine Animal at Temporal, Casco Viejo. The star film of the night was Cucarachita Mandi, a twist on the Panamanian fable “La Cucarachita Mandinga”. All the films, including Mandi, were based on animation. Temporal also showed what it takes to make it: all the props (which were for sale) and the amazing number of people involved to do it. My favorite voice character was by Jaguar Clandestino, one of the really talented slam poets in Panama. He raps pretty well too!
Congratulations to the Temporal team and to Valerie for keeping it up! last night was super fun!
To dance, is one thing. To create, another. To direct your own peers takes a special skill. Now try to do all of it, and, by the way, you are barely a teenager.
Yesterday, we went to Enlaces dance program, to see the first choreography fully created, directed and danced by the students. Several pieces woven into one concept: what it is to be born in a place/circumstance vs another. The result was fantastic, in a world where it seems we don´t find the correct words to talk about our difference, these kids found it almost easy to show us with simple honesty how they see it and feel it through movement.
Congratulations to the whole Enlaces team, and above all kudos to the young choreographers and dancers! sorry for my amateur video, hope you like them. If you want to learn more about Enlaces, click HERE. And HERE.
Last Wednesday, young families in Casco gathered at 5th street to inaugurate Casco´s first “baby park”, fully created and implemented by the community. The ngo that made it happen was AVACA, Casco´s neighborhood association. The event was honored by the presence of the Major and the Director of Historic Patrimony, who have been known for working for a greener and friendlier city. The park is free and fully open to the public.
They also celebrated the third year of Day at the Bay, an initiative to bring awareness to Casco´s beach as a natural resource for the city and a family space for the community.
Congratulations to everyone who participated! to learn more about AVACA and their community work: Facebook Website: www.avaca.org.pa
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