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Visitors Are Enchanted With Puerto Rico's Rich Arts

1 February 2005
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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, Feb. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- From inspirational and educational art exhibits to vivacious music and dance festivals, the splendors of Puerto Rico's culture are waiting to captivate visitors through the arts. The Festival Casals, honoring Puerto Rican musical legend, Pablo Casals, is celebrating its 49th season this year and the San Juan Print Triennial, Puerto Rico's cultural event of the year, is featuring over 250 works of art from throughout Latin America. These inspiring events are two of the many ways visitors can experience true Puerto Rican culture through the arts. Following are details of the special events taking place this year.

* At the San Juan Center for the Perfoming Arts, the Casals Festival (2/26-3/12), founded in 1957 by famous cellist, conductor and composer Pablo Casals, brings to San Juan the world's most important musical talent. This season, Justino Diaz and Elias Lopez Soba celebrate their third year brilliantly directing this festival musically and artistically. They are the first Puerto Ricans to ever hold these positions. For information, call (787) 728-7727 or visit

* As part of the San Juan Print Triennial: Latin America and the Caribbean (12/4/04-3/6/05), the Institute of Puerto Rican Culture is featuring in galleries all over the San Juan metropolitan area, the exhibition "Trans/Migrations: Printmaking As Contemporary Art". This exhibition features works by over 100 artists and collectives from 14 countries, including the United States and Canada. For more information, call (787) 724-5932 or visit

* The Puerto Rican Danza Week (5/17-5/23) commemorates what is the most expressive art form in the Puerto Rican culture: danza music and dance. Rooted in Puerto Rico's Spanish heritage, danza was originally enjoyed by the wealthy as a common social activity. Eventually, the music became a tradition for all Puerto Rican people. The national anthem, La Borinquena, is Puerto Rico's best-known and most sentimental danza. For information, call (787) 724-0707 or visit

* The Puerto Rico Heineken Jazz Fest (6/2-6/5) has grown to become recognized by jazz critics and lovers as a true jazz event. It is the only festival that highlights Latin jazz while covering the entire spectrum of jazz styles. Outdoor seating at the Tito Puente amphitheater allows for optimum enjoyment and an intimate setting. For information, call (787) 277-9200 or visit

* At the Artisan's Fair (6/3-6/5) more than 200 artisans gather at Plaza Darsenas and the Paseo La Princesa in Old San Juan to display and exhibit their creations. The fair also features local delicacies, music and dance. For information, call (787) 721-2400 or visit .

* The year round Puerto Rico Le Lo Lai Festival is a series of weekly shows of popular and folkloric music presented Thursday to Sunday at various locations throughout the island. This program promotes and cultivates Puerto Rican culture through folkloric dances and music. For reservations and location information, call (800)866-7828/(787)723-3135 or visit

* The Puerto Rico Museum of Art, located in Santurce, featuring artistic traditions of painting, sculpture, graphics, ceramics, folk art, photography and other contemporary media, is nearly 500 years old. The non-profit museum collects, exhibits and interprets art of Puerto Rican heritage. At the same time, it fosters awareness of other art traditions from Latin America and the rest of the world. For information, call (787) 977-6277 or visit .

* The Museum of the Americas in Old San Juan, located in the ancient Cuartel de Ballaja building constructed by the Spanish military in 1854, offers through its permanent and temporary exhibits, a vision of history and culture of the Americas. Its well-known permanent exhibitions are Popular Arts of the Americas and African Heritage in which world renowned artists from the United Status, Latin America and Puerto Rico exhibit their work. For information, call (787) 724-5052 or visit

* Having just moved to its new home in Santurce late last year, the Museum of Contemporary Art of Puerto Rico continues to lure art enthusiasts to its dynamic and modern collection of artists from Puerto Rico and all over Latin America. For information, call (787) 977-4030 or visit

* The renowned Ponce Museum of Art, designed by Edward Durell Stone, who also designed New York's Museum of Modern Art, captivates art lovers with the finest collection of European works in the Caribbean, featuring works by Velasquez, Rubens, Gainsborough and Rodin. Housing more than 1,000 paintings and 400 sculptures, it includes a superb collection of pre-Raphaelite art, and baroque paintings and sculptures. For information, call (787) 848-0505 or visit  

For additional information about Puerto Rico's arts, call (800) 866-7827 or visit .

The Puerto Rico Tourism Company was created in 1970 to promote and increase tourism to Puerto Rico. Their mission is to set a standard of excellence through the implementation of a world-class tourism policy that establishes Puerto Rico as the first choice for world travelers and business in the Caribbean.

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