Archive for June, 2012

12th LGBT Pride March in Guatemala City

Saturday, June 30th, 2012

In case you did not know, LGBT or GLBT is an acronym referred to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. Well, over the weekend took place the twelfth LGBT pride march in Guatemala City.

They ask and recall that also deserve equal rights and opportunities. Activities like these, promote tolerance and educate in some way. In the pictures, different moments of the march held in the center of the city.

I should note that in our city, you still hear silly jokes and inappropriate remarks that show ignorance and disrespect.

How can we change that?

Señor Juan

Friday, June 29th, 2012

Quite awesome guatemalan reggae band, Señor Juan.  Positive lyrics and great live performance. The best part, they have recorded material for free download.

Libertad by Señor Juan on Grooveshark

Urban Landscape Through a Different Perspective

Thursday, June 28th, 2012

Could be enough just to walk through the main areas of Guatemala City to get to the conclusion that it is really hard staying creative in what I would like to call, a square city.   Phone towers invade us, office workers in a hurry because they are late, nobody will see the sky anyway!

What about you?  How to encourage creativity in our city?
A round window, may be the answer in this particular case 😉

Xb’alanke

Wednesday, June 27th, 2012

Trust me this time, one of the best instrumental/post rock creative bands in Guatemala right now: Xb’alanke.

The Largest Event of Beauty and Cosmetology in Central America, Takes Place in Guatemala City

Tuesday, June 26th, 2012

Hundreds of people attend this event annually, Belleza Total provides education and professional training in the field of beauty and cosmetology.  Over the two days dedicated to beauty, you can find workshops, coaching and talks from professionals who travel from abroad to train all those interested in the event.

The Beauty Congress was successfully held during the weekend, but if you want to contact them or keep track of events and courses they provide, you can follow them on facebook.

Smartphones in Guatemala City

Monday, June 25th, 2012

The use of smartphones is increasing, people want to capture their favorite moments and share them. In early 2000, Guatemala has about 50 phones per 100 citizens. We could easily assume that this number has duplicate, at least, that was the case a couple of years ago.  In the country we have more cell phones than people.

How did that happen?

Well, having a cell phone is really cheap:  starting from Q.100.00 (about US$ 13.00) you can have a new one.  But it is also difficult to have a mobile phone in Guatemala, thousands of burglaries are reported annually and the number of deaths because of assaults, it is also alarming.

We currently have proposed legislation that seek to regulate the purchase and sale of phones to control crime, the law, is causing a lot of controversy because it suggests a series of measures that have not worked in other countries.

In the meantime, tap that button and upload the concert, girl! 🙂

La Concha Acústica

Sunday, June 24th, 2012

With almost 100 years old, La Concha Acústica located in the center of the city remains as a faithful witness of hundreds of bands and other artistic groups who offer their art for free to all the capitalinos, thirsty as we are, of these cultural activities.

Estefani Brolo & What The Funk

Saturday, June 23rd, 2012

I started the day with a very simple task: Attend the music festival that local administration has organized in zona 1. The aim is to promote music that is being created in Guatemala City with live performances at several parks around what is known as el centro.

How cool is that?

Well, I had the chance to see a live performance by one of my favorite bands, but I’m going to talk about Estefani Brolo and the band that accompanies her: What The Funk.

Finally another charismatic performer! An enjoyable and well-executed mixture of R&B, Funk and Jazz.  It was great to see her live, she captures you  from the first moment she steps onto the stage.  I’ll be posting a video of the presentation in a few days.  Meanwhile, you can hear something in the video below:

The festival continues over the weekend, so expect more music in a few hours.

Torn Society

Wednesday, June 20th, 2012

How to restore a society that is not willing to be restored?

Women are still a focal point of violence in Guatemala. The news warned about a rapist criminal band and the State in charge of giving citizens security advised women not to go out late at night. We need respect, respect to art, respect to women, respect to humankind.

Guatemalan narrative: Ni Hermosa ni Maldita

Tuesday, June 19th, 2012

Just like a photograph tries to get a scope  of Guatemala, a book of this importance is a great opportunity for young people to know and read their country maybe in a way they have never read before. Away from ghost stories or twilight novels this effort makes contemporary narrative  fresh and interesting.

Call me

Monday, June 18th, 2012

The signs are everywhere, a new week is also a new opportunity. Going to work doesn’t have to be boring, at least not for some people.

Silent Films

Sunday, June 17th, 2012

 

Silent Film Performance in occasion of The National Theater Festival was terrific! A journey years back in time where we were able through a glance  to see  Guatemalan movies from all times!  and then appreciate the old beautiful Guatemala City, all accompanied by San Carlos student band, marimba, Jazz band and a chorus. It was nice to see a big audience, children and adults altogether having a good time.

More activitines of June Festival:  http://www.teatronacional.com.gt/newweb/index.html