Eco-cultural festival at Parque Omar

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Children learn about recycling in a fun, creative manner.

Children learn about recycling in a fun, creative manner.

The 2014 “Festival Abierto” (“Open Festival”), a two-day, outdoor cultural event, is coming to Parque Omar Saturday, March 22 and Sunday, March 23. The family-friendly, ecologically-themed festival, now in its third year, takes place from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. each day and is free of charge. Visitors to the festivities will find science exhibits, art displays, a flea market and musical performances, with participation of more than 100 artists in various disciplines confirmed.

“Culture is our ship” is the event’s motto, an allusion to the centennial celebration of the Canal being held this year. The festival enjoys the support of Panama City’s Mayor’s Office, which will launch the “Panamá Juega Limpio” (Panama Plays Clean) campaign to culminate the celebration. Panama City’s Mayor, Roxana Méndez, said: “This plan will promote reducing waste through recycling and reusing.” It will be the country’s first concerted effort to engage a full-scale recycling program.

The festival is being sponsored by the Instituto Nacional de Cultura (National Institute of Culture or INAC) along with the ParqueArte Foundation, which will be unveiling the results of the FotoPaís project, conducted from October 2013 to January 2014, which consists of a display of more than 12,000 images taken throughout the country and uploaded to Instagram by participants from all walks of life.

Mala Rodríguez, Festival Abierto 2013.

Mala Rodríguez, Festival Abierto 2013.

The “Secretaría Nacional de Ciencia, Tecnología e Innovación” (National Offices of Science, Technology and Innovation or SENACYT) will be taking part in the event for the first time with a Science Pavilion. Dr. Jeannette Shakalli, SENACYT spokesperson, explained that the pavilion will be a showcase of the office’s most relevant science projects and will include conferences, information on scholarship grants, a technology forum and workshops.

An art auction benefitting the ParqueArte Foundaton will be held at the American Trade Hotel on Thursday, March 20 to which the public is invited to attend, starting at 7 p.m.

Ana Melissa Correa, ParqueArte President, told The Visitor, “This festival represents the effort we’ve been making to bring culture to public spaces as is seen in other countries. I would like to invite each of your readers to participate and to bring their pets and entire family.”

The comfort of the public is being taken into account, with shade provided as well as the use of the parking lot of the “Instituto Justo Arosemena” ( IJA), located at 15 minutes walking distance from Parque Omar.

For more details on the Festival Abierto 2014, visit www.parquearte.com.

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