North Coast November 13, 2022 | 10:58 am

Puerto Plata: Between books, sea and music

With the participation of thousands of visitors and attendance at the various cultural and artistic activities, the Festival of Books and Culture – Puerto Plata 2022 is taking place in this city.

The event, organized by the Ministry of Culture (MINC), was inaugurated Thursday night by the Minister of Culture, Milagros Germán, at the Rafael Solano Auditorium of the UASD, where guests and the public enjoyed the presentation of Yucahú. This Puerto Plata group revives our rhythmic heritage with its contagious musical mixes.

This festival is part of the Ministry of Culture’s policies to decentralize cultural action, strengthen creative industries and promote cultural tourism in the national territory.

The program includes plastic arts exhibitions in honor of artist and curator Danilo de los Santos, as well as a poetry writing workshop given by special guest Mexican writer Mario Bojórquez.

Likewise, there will be book exchange and sale activities and drama, painting, origami, and music workshops, among others.

The event also features dramatized readings, musical and theatrical presentations, a colloquium, and storytelling.

Yesterday, Friday was dedicated to maestro Rafael Solano, a true icon of Puerto Plata, who was the object of a tribute. In addition, the award-winning author of “Por amor” shared with the public a “Close Encounter of the Musical Kind.”

Also, yesterday at 4:00 in the afternoon, in Central Park, those present enjoyed the presentation of the Symphonic Orchestra of La Vega.

The closing of yesterday’s artistic activities on the same stage at 8:00 p.m. featured the musical joy of the group “Concón Quema’o” from San Francisco de Macorís, which fuses the rhythms of palo, rock, punk, merengue, and more.

From Saturday, the cultural event paid tribute to the journalist, writer, and jurist Carmen Imbert Brugal, in a meeting scheduled that kicked off at 9:00 a.m. in the Central Park of Puerto Plata.

An hour later, in the pavilion of the same park, there was a “Marathon of very brief and less brief poetry,” with the participation of poets from Puerto Plata and visitors.

The last artistic activities on Saturday in the Central Park were: at the 8:00 p.m. concert of the Puerto Plata saxophonist Carlos Estrada and the 9:00 p.m. “Poetas pal’ colmado.”

Closing on Sunday
And today, Sunday, to bid farewell to the three-day cultural event, at 7:00 p.m., after the closing ceremony of the festival, in charge of the director of the Book Fairs and the mayor of Puerto Plata, those present will be able to enjoy the music of the National Police Band.

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