La Campechada

For a second consecutive year, Old San Juan opened all of its museums and parks to welcome visitors in order to celebrate ‘La Campechada.’ It all began last year will many activities for the whole family, including live music and performances on the Plazas and streets, artisans, and of course, food, to celebrate the life of José Campeche, the first known Puerto Rican visual artist. This year’s Campechada was dedicated to Francisco Oller, the first Latin American to influence the Impressionism movement. The Campechada ran fom Friday the 12th to Sunday the 14th of October. I could only attend on Sunday and saw two live performances. There were many simultaneous plays and other things going on at the same time, so I had to choose which ones to go to. The first one was a modern dance dedicated to pigeons. It was held at Plaza de Armas.

These silent performers spoke without words. No need to explain their statement of what big corporations have done to society these days…

Afterwards, I saw this play at Cuartel Ballajá that celebrated Oller’s life and his loves, between Paris and San Juan. I did not know Paul Cezanne was a student of his, but only for a short time.

Overall, it was a great activity. I hope to go to next year’s as well. I think it’s good to celebrate the lives of artists who have left their legacy for us to enjoy today.

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10 thoughts on “La Campechada

  1. munchow says:

    I think it’s a great idea to open up all museums and parks for visitors and make a happening like La Campechada. Looks like it was really fun, and your photos of the event gives a wonderful idea of how it was. Thank you for sharing.

  2. Fergiemoto says:

    Very cool…what an experience! Thanks for sharing.

  3. It must have been a great experience. I wish there were something like that around here, som art and performances. It looks great, I especially like modern dance but it is very long time since I saw some performance. Very interesting.

  4. susielindau says:

    Beautiful photos M! Thanks for sharing them and your part of the world with us!

  5. It looks very interesting and fun! I love that type of thing: culture for all in the streets.

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