Posted by: Jena Davison | December 4, 2011

Fiestas de Quito 2011

It’s Fiestas de Quito here in Quito and there are tons of cultural, art and music events taking place throughout the city. Here is the program of activities, which stretch through the end of December.

For those who don’t know, Fiestas de Quito is a city-wide celebration of Quito’s independence, complete with open party buses (called chivas), cuarenta card tournaments (the national card game), bull fighting shows, and folkloric parades, music and dance.

Yesterday, I went to Centro Cultural Metropolitano for a Salvador Dali exhibit, but ended up liking one of the other expositions in the cultural center even better. Ilustres Ilustradores is a display of illustrations and graphic design by Ecuadorian artists of the last 25 years.  Some of the images modernized traditional cultural symbols or made political commentary, while others seemed like they could appear in places as diverse as a children’s storybook or in the form of a tattoo.

Here is a slideshow of some of the creative pieces I saw:

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