A cultural Spanish Center in Casco Antiguo

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Casa del Soldado de la Independencia was the first building in which the National Museum was housed. Later it became the headquarters of the surviving 1903 Soldiers of the Independence.

Casa del Soldado de la Independencia was the first building in which the National Museum was housed. Later it became the headquarters of the surviving 1903 Soldiers of the Independence.

Artists have a new venue in Casco Antiguo to show their work, the Spanish Cultural Center (Centro Cultural de España CCE). Located in the old Casa de los Soldados de la Independencia (House of the Soldiers of the Independence), this initiative of the Spanish government seeks to promote cultural integration between the two countries.

The center was inaugurated on October 20 by the Prince of Asturias when he attended the Ibero-American Summit. It was opened to the public on November 14 and currently is showing the work of Antón Lazamares and featuring the Architecture and Urban Planning Ibero-American Biennial.

As well as being a gallery the center will incorporate a network of cultural institutions in Casco Antiguo that will work together to create activities for young Panamanians and Spaniards, especially in the areas of audiovisual production and plastic arts.

The CCE offers visitors an exhibition room, a library with enough space for conferences, seminars and workshops while the rooftop features a cafe bar open day and night and has magnificent views of Panama City.

The 2014 program contemplates workshops and exhibitions for Panamanian and Spaniard artists to promote young talent.

The Spanish Cultural Centers are part of the cultural cooperation structures that the European country has present in 15 countries to promote young talent.

Admission to the center is free. It is open Monday to Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

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