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VOL. 13 #3 -- Jan./ Ene. 26 - Feb. 8, 2007
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Calendar of Events

Jan. 26

Concert of the 22nd Youth Musical Camp Orchestra and the Chamber Group. At IPA school in Las Sabanas at 10 a.m. Free admittance. Information: 214-7236;

Jan. 27

Chamber music concert with the students of the 22nd Youth Musical Camp. At the Hogar de Santa Eufrasia in El Valle de Antón. Free admittance. Information: 214-7236;

Jan. 28

Orchestral concert of the 22nd Youth Musical Camp. At the church of El Valle de Antón. Free admittance. Information: 214-7236;

Jan. 29

Closing concert of the 22nd Musical Camp. At the Ruins of the Convent of Conception at Old Panama at 8 p.m. Information: 214-7236;

Until Feb. 9

Summer Cultural Program of the Panama Canal Authority with outdoor concerts and shows at the Canal Adminstration building. Events will take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays starting at 6 p.m. Information:

Feb. 4, 25; Mar. 4, 18

Band Concerts organized by the Patronato Panama Viejo with different summer concerts every Sunday from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Visitor Center of Old Panama. More information: 226-8915/9364 with Ramon Bermudez.

Feb. 14

Christian Castro in concert at the Anayansi Theater of Atlapa Convention Center. Tickets: $45 for sale at Blockbuster Video. More information: 270-3080

Feb. 3

"El Perote de las Musas", a poetic and musical recital to take place at Santo Domingo park at 7 p.m. at Las Tablas in Azuero. More information: 501-4012/13

Live Music

Feb. 2 – 4

"First Boquete Jazz Festival", in Boquete, province of Chiriqui. Featuring renowned national Jazz artists like Carlos Garnett Jazz Quartet, and international Jazz artists such as Gianni Bardaro Sinestetic Jazz, among others. For more information visit

Jazz Wednesdays every week at Casa Góngora, Casco Viejo – San Felipe at 8:00 p.m. Information: 212-1350.

Jazz Nights on Thursdays and Fridays at 10 p.m.every week at Bar La Platea, in Casco Antiguo. Information:, 228-4011

Horse Races

Feb. 4

“APEHP Classic No. 5” with $8,000 in 1,400 mts for all three-year-olds that have never won a classic or commercial cup. Information: 217-6060

Races on Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays in Presidente Remón race track. Call 217-6060.

Folklore Shows

Coloful folklore shows at Restaurante "Al Tambor de la Alegría, located at Brisas de Amador, every Thuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 9:00 p.m. Admittance: $10.00 per person. Call: 314-3380.

Folklore spectacles from all regions of Panama at Restaurante Tinajas, every Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 9:00 p.m. Located on Calle 51, Bella Vista. Call: 263-7890.

Every weekend
Folklore dance performances at Mi Pueblito tourist complex, at 6:00 p.m., featuring Hispanic, Afro-Caribbean and Native American dances. The center is located on 4th of July Avenue. Call 228-7154.
Country Festivals

Jan. 21

"Sony/Erickson & Más Móvil 5 Km Race and Aquathlon" with several categories for kids and teens ages 8 - 19 and adults. At Isla Flamenco in Amador Causeway. Inscription: Kids and teens - $10 per group; adults – $10 each at UPS of Marbella and in the swimming pool of Albrook. Information: Allan Baitel (English): 6612-2063,; Eladio Quintero: 6673-4972,


Jan. 24 – Feb. 4

Fair of La Chorrera with handicraft sales, artistic presentations, funfair, food, and exhibits stand from several companies. Call IPAT 526-7000 or

Jan. 26 – Feb. 4

Candelaria Fair of Bugaba, province of Chiriquí. Call IPAT 526-7000 or

Jan. 25 – 28

Orange Fair of Churuquita-Penonome, province of Cocle. Call IPAT 526-7000 or

Jan. 25 – 28

Santa Fe Fair, province of Veraguas. Call IPAT 526-7000 or


Feb. 2 – 4

“Let’s Camp 2007”. Enjoy a camping trip with your family and friends at Summit Natural Park and have fun with games, events, and demostrations organized by the Camping Clubs of Panama. Donation: $5 for sale at Let’s Camp. Information:; 270-1464

Regular Courses

Feb. 2 - 4

International Baby Fair 2007. At Atlapa Convention Center of Panama City. Entrance: $3. Featuring exhibits and experts related to the topic of the event. Information: 236-2996.

Feb. 23 – 25

Expo Bienestar y Salud '07, organized by the U.S. magazine The American Chiropractor. With specialists in alternative therapies, technologies and products for health, natural and preventive medicine, gyms, spas and everything related to health. At the Chagres salon of the Sheraton Hotel from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Entrance: $2. More information: Zoila Villarreal, 223-4772;
Expo Bienestar y Salud '07, organizada por la revista americana The American Chiropractor. Contará con especialistas de terapias alternativas, tecnologías y productos para la salud, medicina natural y preventiva, gimnasios, spas y todo lo relacionado con la salud integral. Lugar: salón Chagres del Hotel Sheraton desde las 9 a.m. hasta las 6 p.m. Entrada a $2. Más información: Zoila Villarreal, 223-4772;

Feb. 24

"First National Paper Festival", an art exhibit of works painted on paper. Opportunity to acquire a work of art at low cost. At Casa Cultural Huellas. Information: Analisa Williams, 265-8703/ 6618-0076.
"Primer Festival Nacional del Papel", una exhibición de arte para obras presentadas sobre papel tradicional. Oportunidad de ver y adquirir una obra a menor precio. En Casa Cultural Huellas. Información: Analisa Williams, 265-8703/ 6618-0076.

(In Spanish/ En Español)

Taller de Dibujo y Pintura para adultos en Casa Cultural Huellas en El Carmen, Calle 1era. $40 por mes. Los lunes y jueves de 10:30 a.m. a 12:30 m.d. y de 6 a 8 p.m. Llamar al 265-8703.

Clases de Guitarra los sábados de 10 a 11 a.m. y todos los martes de 6 a 7 p.m. a $40 mensual, en Casa Cultural Huellas en El Carmen, Calle 1era. Llamar al 265-8703.

Academia de Karate Arturo Worrell invita a sus cursos de Karate de lunes a sábado. Sensei Arturo Worrell (6to. Dan APKS – JKA.) Edificio Kuramis, Planta Baja. 236-3592.

Pizza con Sabor a Tango. Pizza Piola invita todos los jueves a esta actividad que organiza en conjunto con la Academia de Tango Argentino del profesor Rapul Sejas. Aprenda a bailar y disfrute de una buena velada. Informes: 263-4668

Yoga Matutino. Clases de hatha yoga los martes y jueves de 7:30 a.m. a 8:30 a.m. con profesoras diplomadas. Informes: 265-2489

Yoga para Embarazadas todos los martes a las 6:00 p.m. Lugar: Fundación El Arte de Vivir. Informes: 226-5139 ó 673-4546


Expat events

American Society "Dry Season Picnic" at the Summit Golf course. For more details, write Dr. Charly Garcia.

Time: 4:00 pm - 9:30 pm
The La Chorrera Fair in La Chorrera, province of Panama. This is more like the old fashioned "state fair". It includes everything from live performances, agricultural exhibits and rides, to booths of beautiful (and inexpensive!) craftwork from all over Central & South America. Cost is $15/person for return transportation with minimum of 15 people, The price drops to $10 per person if the party is 20 or more.

Audubon Society Guided Bird Watch, from 6:30 am to 8:30 am This event is repeated on the first Sunday of every month. Location: Metropolitan Park. Fees are $3 for residents of Panama, $5 for visitors, and $2 for children.

Super Bowl Sunday - Big Screen TV & more at Elks Club in Balboa behind the Shamrocks Restaurant. $8.00 per ticket, available at the bar.

English Literature Book Exchange, from 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm. This event normally repeats itself every month on the last Sunday. Location: Siciliano's Restaurant (besides Banco de China) Please feel free to drop-in whether you have a book or not.

Happy Hour & Pre-Registration Night, from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm at City Grill,across from Cafeteria Jimmy's (off Vía España). Awesome food and great prices on drinks. Everyone welcome!

Melia Atlantic Cup - Cayuco racing (Time: TBA)

Expat Social at Alberto's on the Amdador Causeway, from 6:30 pm onwards. Club members only. Due to traffic and the distance, the registration & Happy Hour will start one half hour later than usual (at 6:30pm).



Public concerts in El Valle and Panama City:

U.S., Panamanian youngsters at Summer Music Camp

The camp is an annual tradition organized by the National Concert Association.

A great opportunity to enjoy the talent of young Panamanian and U.S. musicians will be offered to visitors this month during the annual Music Camp (January 13-29) organized by the National Concert Association.

One of the highlights of the actictivity is the camp's traditional concert at the Catholic church of the mountain resort community of El Valle de Antón, located 126 km northwest of Panama City (January 28, 11:00 a.m.) A popular retreat among Panama City residents, El Valle presents many eco-tourist and leisure opportunities.

Encompassing numerous workshops and performances directed by renowed international directors, the Music Camp is a decades-old tradition in which young Panamanian musicians share the stage with students from the Oberlin Conservatory (U.S.A.)

The National Concert Association is a private, non-profit organization that promotes world-class concerts in Panama. Its regular concert season extends from April to September. For more information, call: (507) 214-7236, e-mail:


Music in Old Panama

The Old Panama ruins are a popular venue for outdoor concerts during the dry season.

The Old Panama Visitors' Center will host a series of outdoor concerts featuring some of the best concert bands of the metropolitan area. Performances will take place on February 4, February 25, and March 4 and 18 from 5:30 p.m to 7:00 p.m.

The list of participating bands includes the Moisés Castillo High School Band, the Panama Fire Department Band and the Band of the National Police Department.

The Visitors' Center is adjacent to the ruins of Old Panama –the remnants of the first European settlement of the Pacific coast of the New World. It was sacked by Henry Morgan in 1671. One of Panama's most recognizable landmarks, the ruins were declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO (along with the city's San Felipe district) in 1997 and has gone through a series of restoration works in recent years. During the dry season (January-April) the site is a popular venue for outdoor concerts, folklore performances and weddings.


"Congo and Devil Festival": March 3

A dancing devil in Portobelo. Photo. Yolande Vicente.

The town of Portobelo, on the Caribbean coast, will host its annual "Devil and Congo Festival" on March 3. Held since 1999, the festival is a tribute to two deeply-rooted cultural traditions of the Costa Arriba region.

"Congo culture" is an African-accented subgenre of Panamanian folklore, in which dancers recreate the mockery of their enslaved ancestors against Spanish colonial rule. Devils –an element introduced by Roman Catholicism-- participate in colorful choreographies along with the Congo queen, king and their "pajaritos" (children).

Congo culture is strong in the entire Costa Arriba (Upper Coast) region of the province of Colón, with Portobelo being the strongest bastion of the tradition.

Located 100 km northeast of Panama City, Portobelo is a sleepy coastal community that was once the center of commerce in the Western Hemisphere during the colonial period. It has a number of old forts and castles which once protected it from the attack of pirates. Its deep harbor is one of Panama's best diving destinations.

More information on the fair in our coming issues.


Outdoor concerts and folklore dances at the Administration Building'

A Folklore Dance Troupe at the Canal's Administration Building.

The Panama Canal Authority invites visitors to its 'Summer Music Program' -a series of performances at the steps of the Panama Canal Administration Building, in Balboa. Performances will take place until February 9 at 7:30 p.m. and admittance is free.

The program will include a musical show by Panamanian composer Dino Nugent, concerts by local ballad singers Solinka and Juliette Roy, folklore music performances (Osvaldo Ayala, Yin Carrizo, Ceferino Nieto and Alfredo Escudero) and a grand concert by Panama's National Symphony Orchestra.

For more information, call tel.: 272-3521, or send an e-mail to:


Summer Cultural Season-Administration Building, Balboa.

Admittance is free

Jan. 25- 7:30 p.m.
"Our Voices" --concerts by popular Panamanian singers, directed by Dino Nugent.

Jan 30 and Feb. 1- 7:30 p.m.
Accordionist Osvaldo Ayala and singer Omar Alfanno, accompanied by the Panama Symphony Orchestra.

Feb. 6 and 7- 7:30 p.m.
The folklore dance troupe of the Panama Canal Authority (ACP), accompanied by accordionists Ceferino Nieto and Yin Carrizo.

Feb. 9- 7:30 p.m.
The Youth Symphony Orchestra of the Ministry of Education.


Carnival starts at Hotel Veneto

Panama City's Veneto Hotel & Casino recently held a party to raise the Carnival Flag, a tradition which signals the beginning of the period of celebrations leading to Panama's famous four-day pre-Lenten fiesta. Present at the party were the queen of Panama City's 2007 Carnival, Kathia Real, her princesses, Irelys de león and Yureika González, and promiment Panamanian celebrities, including international boxing champion, Roberto Durán.

Hotel Veneto is located in the heart of the city's financial district, a few steps from Vía España.

From left to right: Irelys de León, Kathia Real (Reina del Carnaval capitalino 2007), Roberto "Manos de Piedra" Durán y Yureika González.


Baby Fair 2007

The latest products and fashion for babies and expecting parents will be displayed at Feria del Bebé 2007, which will take place at Atlapa Convention Center Feb. 1-2. The fair will also include lectures by prominent international pediatricians and ob-gyn specialists. For more information, call Atlapa 526-7000.

Cayuco racing season starts Jan. 27

Club de Remos de Balboa also sponsors the Ocean-to-Ocean Cayuco Race, an event unique to Panama.

The 54th annual cayuco racing season will start with the Balboa Yacht Club Cup, Jan. 27

Considered a tune-up competition for the Ocean-to-Ocean Cayuco Regata in late March, the race will feature teams of four: male, female and co-ed, which will start at the Balboa Yacht Club and then paddle for four kilometers up around flamenco Island and back along the causeway.

The race is organized by Club de Remos de Balboa (CREBA), which took over the responsibility of preparing the annual cayuco season in 1999, when the Boy Scouts of America ceased to do so (a direct consequence of the departure of the U.S. Military from Panama.) Cayucos are dug-out canoes, usually fashioned out of a single tree, that traditionally have been used by the indigenous indians of Panama as their main form of transportation. Recognizing the historical and ecological significance of these simple but utilitarian boats, the Boy Scouts of America, back in 1954, under the leadership of Wes Townsend, organized the preparation and racing of these primitive crafts into a merit badge activity, which grew in popularity.

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Summer cultural activities

The National Institute of Culture (INAC) invites visitors to its "Summer Season" –a series of outdoor concerts and artistic presentations held throughout Panama between January and March. Admittance is free.

Activities will take place in the city of Colón (an hour’s-drive from Panama City via the Trans-Isthmian Highway) towards the end of January. On Friday the 26, the city will host a musical festival including Jazz performances, theater and movies at Parque 5 de Noviembre, best known as the "Concha" (seashell) park.

INAC’s Summer Season will end on Friday, March 9 with a performance by Panama’s National Ballet, at Parque Omar, in San Francisco.


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