Art & Culture

Corpus Christi in Patzún

Patzún is a municipio in the department of Chimaltenango, 83 kilometers (51 miles) from Guatemala City and 44 kilometers (27 miles) from La Antigua (about a 1-hour trip by car). There are two explanations for the origin of the name Patzún. The first says that the name comes from the Kakchiquel Maya words pa...

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Museums in la Antigua Guatemala

Antigua Guatemala, with its many attractive, activities and touristic centers, it also has impressive museums to soak up a little history. • Museo Casa de la Cultura: This museum is located on the corner of 4ª. Avenida Norte y 4a. Calle Oriente. La Casa de la Cultura, works as a center for cultural and...

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Historical and Traditional Symbols in a Procession

In a procession there are several symbols that are intended to move us to a different time period. The Romans with their costumes, the horses and banners; and as in a parade, all march in two rows on both sides of the streets. With a banner in the middle with the acronym SPQR: “Senatus...

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Costumes and Carnaval

One day before the beginning of Lent on Ash Wednesday is the traditional celebration of Carnaval. This day is variously known in English-speaking countries as Shrove Tuesday, Pancake Day, or Mardi Gras, and this year it falls on Tuesday, February 28TH . In many towns, neighborhoods, and schools here in Guatemala, children dress up...

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America, El Portal by Gina Intveen

La Antigua Galeria de Arte is proud to present the Chilean artist Gina Intveen and her exhibition ‘’America, El Portal’’. After many years of preparation, Gina Intveen presents us with the America that inspired her to create this exhibition. An America that is – as she says – ‘’a land of magnificence and abundance’’....

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Devotion

The celebration of Semana Santa in La Antigua Guatemala is both a religious and secular spectacle that is truly worth experiencing. Upon this celebration of the passion, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, the whole city is transformed into a huge stage where hundreds of men, women and children take on the roles of...

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Spotlight: Alex Barnica

La Antigua is a unique place – a true cultural melting-pot and bohemian paradise, La Antigua is home to many talented young people, revolutionary minds and intriguing personalities. Today we shine the spotlight on a talented local artist – Alex Barnica. With many miles travelled under his belt, Alex describes himself as a ‘nomadic...

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Two Exhibitions to welcome in the New Year

La Antigua Galería de Arte is proud to present two intriguing exhibitions to welcome in the New Year. Guatemalan artist Carlos Chavez will be showing his latest works in a collection he has titled “Migraciones”.Chavez´s work has always revolved around human problems and struggles, especially the plight of the indigenous in Guatemala and their...

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Celebrations for the Virgin

‘’With songs and praise….band music, the crack of firecrackers, coloured lights, the chiming of bells and the sound of the big bass drum, the celebrations dedicated to the Patron Saint of the village start off’’ – recounts Doña Camila Salazar Illescas. Without a doubt, the habitants of Ciudad Vieja Sacatpéquez are overcome with love...

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124 Years of Chichicastenango’s Convite

Chichicastenango – a city rich in culture, beliefs, and traditions – celebrates the 124rd anniversary of its convite this December 8th. A convite is a costumed dance and parade, and Chichicastenango’s has earned the city several important recognitions including the Order of the Sovereign Congress in 2007, and a declaration recognizing it as part...

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