With a sold-out concert featuring Venezuelan folk group Serenata Guayanesa and acclaimed singer Cecilia Todd, the Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela re-inaugurated the Bolivarian Hall on Thursday in Washington, D.C. After two years of remodeling works, the cultural space opened its doors due to the sponsorship of the Simón Bolívar Foundation of CITGO Petroleum Corporation.
“We are very happy with the re-opening of the Bolivarian Hall. This is the second phase where this cultural space is definitively consolidated as a very important symbol of the Venezuelan presence in this country,” said Bernardo Alvarez, ambassador of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela to the U.S..
The acclaimed Venezuelan folk singer Cecilia Todd opened the show and covered several genres of Venezuelan folk music. “It’s very satisfactory for us to bring happiness to all Venezuelans. It’s very exiting to have a little peace of Venezuela here and for us to be here,” expressed Todd.
Venezuelans, Latin-Americans and U.S. citizens, hoisting Venezuelan flags and united by the same rhythm, highlighted the importance of the Bolivarian Hall as an international cultural space in Washington, D.C.
“It was great. It’s been so many years outside Venezuela and coming here to hear them is like reviving and remembering family and our festivities,” said Noris Silva, a resident of the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area. “This place gives us the opportunity to meet again, have the possibility to participate in shows, exhibits that keep us in touch with Venezuela”.
Alejandro Granado, president of the Citgo Petroleum Corporation -PDVSA’s subsidiary in the U.S.- attended the event. “We have helped with the remodeling of a meeting place for the Latin-American and U.S. community, it’s a space to meet us, always with this desire of integration of the peoples,” said Granado.
The members of the 39-year-old group Serenata Guayanesa expressed their satisfaction for having been invited to the re-opening of the Bolivarian Hall. “It’s important that culture and traditions can be exposed here in the United Stated so the Venezuelan and U.S. audience understand that Venezuela is not only oil,” said Iván Pérez Rosi, vocalist of the group.
The re-opening of the Bolivarian Hall will pave the way for April’s cultural activities of the diplomatic mission, in the occasion of the celebration of the bicentenary of the Venezuelan Independence, signed on July 5, 1811. The closing act of April’s agenda will include an especial activity in solidarity with the Haitian people.
April Cultural Agenda
April 8 at 7:00pm: Guitar and Viola Duo “From Baroque to Tango” with Rubén Riera and Frank Di Polo.
April 9 at 6:30: Film series “Celebrating our Independence’s Bicentennial: Miranda Regresa” (English subtitles).
April 15 at 6:30pm: Cooking with Venezuelan origin chocolate (limited space, reservations required).
April 16 at 6:30pm: Film series “Celebrating our Independence’s Bicentennial: Manuela Saenz” (English subtitles).
April 17 at 2:00pm: Dance workshop: Traditional Afro-Venezuelan drum dance workshop.
April 21 at 6:30pm: Film series “Celebrating our Independence’s Bicentennial: Bolívar eterno, ciudad de la libertad” (NO subtitles, Spanish only).
April 22 at 7:00pm: “Exploring the sounds of Venezuela” with flutist Nicolás Real. Photo exhibit (details to be confirmed).
April 23 at 7:00pm: Opening exhibition wooden toys by Mario Calderón and friends.
April 24 from 3 to 6pm: Wooden toys exhibit by Mario Calderón
April 28 at 7:00pm: Closing event; reception and photo exhibit “Standing with Haiti”.
April 30 at 6:30pm: Film series “Celebrating our Independence’s Bicentennial: Zamora” (NO subtitles, Spanish only)
All events will take place at the Bolivarian Hall: 2443 Massachusetts Ave NW (next to the Residence of the Ambassador).
RSVP: (202) 342-6828
Photo: Néstor Sánchez Cordero
Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela Press and Communication Office/ March 26, 2010