Friday, July 31, 2009

La Feria De Las Flores In Medellin

La Feria de las Flores festival in Medellin, Colombia.

Medellin's annual flower festival, or Feria de las Flores, is the city's cultural highlight of the year. Once the festival arrives it is difficult to figure out what of the million possibilities to choose from. Here's a little guide to help you out.

From July 29 until August 9 there are a number of things happening on a daily basis and a number of things that happen on one day specifically.

All days of the festival
Bonsai exposition - San Diego shopping center (all day)

Classic cars exposition - Premium Plaza shopping center (all day)
San Alejo folkloric market - Parque Simon Bolivar (all day)
Display of flowers - Pueblito Paisa (all day)
Flower and butterfly exposition - Plazoleta shopping center (all day)
Decorarte | decorative art exhibition - Museum El Castillo(9AM - 6PM)
Folkloric fair - Unicentro shopping center (all day)
Towns of Antioquia present themselves (the highway below Pueblito Paisa)

Friday July 31

Flower growers explain the silletas or flower arrangements - Los Molinos shopping center (12AM - 6PM)

Official inauguration of the flower festival - governmental district Alpujarra (6PM - 1AM)
Flower festival super concert with Silvestre Dangond, Iván Villazón, Felipe Peláez, Son de Cali, Maelo Ruíz and Grupo Galé - Atanasio football stadium (6PM - late)
Fireworks - governmental district Alpujarra (8PM)

The orchid exhibit takes place at Jardin Botanico.

Saturday August 1

Children's parade of flower arrangements - Carrera 82, La Floresta (10AM)
Zona Que Suena, local bands perform - outside Parque Explora (10AM - 7PM)
Cabalgata (horses to participate are for rent) - Carrefour Las Vegas (1PM)

Marching band festival - Southern Bus terminal (1PM - 9PM)
4th International Women's Soccer Tournament (4PM - 9PM)
Concert Colonbeat - Parque Norte (8PM - late)
Concert Rachael Starr & Nadia Ali - Forum even center (9PM)

Sunday August 2

Flower tour on San Pedro cemetary (8AM - 7PM)
Cross country motor race - Pueblito Paisa ( 9AM - )
Children's Cabalgata - Parque Pies Descalzos (2PM)
Marching band festival - Southern Bus terminal (1PM - 9PM)
Popular Music Festival (Los Visconti de Argentina, Arelys Henao, Los Relicarios, El Duelo Revelación, Otto Bermúdez & Jhon Castillo - Carlos Vieco Theater (2PM - 9PM)
Music festival with Carajo, Cadena Perpetua, Tr3sdecorazón, Don Tetto, Johnie All Stars - Club Palmahia (3PM - 8PM)

Monday August 3

Classical music and dance - Parque de los Pies Descalzos (6PM - 12PM)
Salsa party - Carrera 70a / Calle 43 (7PM)

Tuesday August 4

Jazz performances - Parque de los Pies Descalzos (6PM - 12PM)
Salsa party - Carrera 70a / Calle 43 (7PM)

Take a ride on a chiva bus during the "Feria de las Flores."

Wednesday August 5

Fauna photography competition - Santa Fe zoo (9AM - 5PM)

Folkloric jewelry exhibition - El Tesoro shopping center (11AM - 9:30PM)
Colombian music - Parque de los Pies Descalzos (6PM - 12PM)
Orchid, flower and parrot exhibition - Botanic Garden (7PM - )
Tango performance - Medellin University Theater (8PM)

Thursday August 6

Horse exhibition - Aurelia Mejía Colliseum (10AM - 12PM)
Music festival with Claudia Diez, Tono 40, Luisito Muñoz, Los Corraleros del Majagual - Pueblito Paisa ( 4PM - 12PM)
Fashion show - Junin shopping street 5PM - 6PM)
Salsa concert - Parque Juan Pablo II (8PM)
Tango concert - Hotel Nutibara (9PM)

Desfile de carros classicos y antiguos en la "Feria de las Flores."

Friday August 7

Downhill motor race - Cerro de las Tres Cruces (9AM - )
National car tuning festival - Parque Juan Pablo II (11AM - 11PM)
52nd flower arrangers parade (all day, all over)

Bullshit and lies festival (serious!) - Monterrey shopping center (7PM - )
Vallenato festival with Peter Manjarres, Silvestre Dangond, Pipe Peláez, Jorge Celedón & José Luis Rodríguez - La Macarena (7:30PM)
Bailoteca (cumbia and porro) with Billo´s Caracas Boy & Los Melódicos - Parque Juan Pablo II (8PM)
Viejoteca (cumbia and porro) - Club Palmahia (8PM - late)
Exhibition of winning flower arrangements - Plaza Mayor (6PM - late)

Saturday August 8

Exhibition of winning flower arrangements - Plaza Mayor (all day)
National car tuning festival - Parque Juan Pablo II (11AM - 11PM)
Local bands perform - Carlos Vieco Theater (12AM - 9PM)
Classic cars parade (all day, all over)
Cheerleading competition - National University (all day)

Dance performance - Lido Theater (7PM)
Vallenato party with Silvestre Dangond, Jorge Celedón, Los Gigantes del Vallenato & Pipe Peláez - Parque Juan Pablo II (8PM)
Flower festival party with Silvestre Dangond, Iván Villazón & Felipe Peláez - Pabellón Amarillo exhibition center (8PM)

Sunday August 9

Marching band competition - Parque de la Floresta (9AM - 8PM)
Chivas y flores (decorated traditional buses) - (all day, all over)
National car tuning festival - Parque Juan Pablo II (11AM - 11PM)
Gospel festival - Parque de los Deseos (1PM - 10PM)
Cultural displays of Antioquia culture - Los Molinos shopping center (2PM - )
Orchest festival - border Medellin / Enigado (3PM - 9PM)

Colombia Reports.

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