Update: January 18, 2009:
OK People, The Videos have finally arrived at Youtube!
Fiestas de la Calle San Sebastián 2009 I, con la Rumba Quilombo.
Fiestas de la Calle San Sebastián 2009 con la Rumba Quilombo
Cultura Profetica – Fruto de la Tierra (Fiestas de la Calle San Sebastian 2009)
Plenealo @ Fiestas de la Calle San Sebastian 2009 I
Fiestas de la Calle San Sebastian 2009 – Pleneros
Fiestas de la Calle San Sebastián 2009
Update: January 18, 2009:
Agenda para el domingo
11:00 a.m. – Misa en recordación de Rafael Tufiño, Julio Rosado del Valle, Alicia Rivera y Tommy Muñiz. En Catedral de San Juan.
2:00 p.m. – Desfiles de los cabezudos desde el final de la calle San Sebastián, al lado de la Escuela Lincoln hasta la Plaza del Quinto Centenario.
4:00 p.m. – Magno concierto de la Orquesta Filarmónica.
6:00 p.m. – Conjunto Plena Libre, dirige Gary Núñez.
7:00 p.m. – Bohemia con el guitarrista Millito Cruz en el Centro de Estudios Avanzados.
8:00 p.m. – Tributo a la música de Ismael Rivera y Rafael Cortijo, interpretadas por el Ballet Folclórico.
10:00 p.m. – Orquesta de Willie Rosario en la Plaza del Quinto Centenario.
11:00 p.m. – Gran cierre con fuegos artificiales.
In crafts, the carver Iris Torres was interviewed by two students on the art of making wooden sculptures and Mimi Soto carved a San Sebastian.
Carline Gutiérrez showed her engravings upon copper. The artist devoted pieces to her sister, who died of cervical cancer a few years ago. Simultaneously there was a free sample of films and documentaries began in the old Ballajá theater . Some film enthusiast enjoyed “Isla chatarra”, students from the Association of Teachers paraded in the Plaza del Quinto Centenario. After leaving the Capitol , students of various public schools delighted the public with several numbers.
Some artisans reported an increase in sales though nothing drastic.
Revelers will still wandering the streets at 5 a.m.
Update: January 17, 2009
Well according to Commissioner of Capital Security Colonel Hilton Cordero. the first night of the festival went off without any major criminal problems or incidents apart from some drunken revelers. However, lieutenant colonel Emiliano Rosario Maldonado, commander of the San Juan area did advise people not to leave any valuble belongings in their cars.
As for the reports from the artisans I am still waiting as it is very early right now but I should get word later today though I don’t expect any good news regarding sales.
Update: January 16, 2009
So far the news from the fair is not proving good for the artisans. The sales are as dismal as I had predicted.
Getting to the fair is no easy task either. Your best bet would be to go in by public transit as parking is impossible. The parking by the Cataño Ferry is full on the Cataño side and its no doubt the same story on the San Juan side.
Should there be any artisans reading this blog that want to provide additional information just leave it in the comments section below ( it can be in Spanish or English ). The same goes for anyone else that wants to provide info.
On a lighter note I have the following:
This coming Sunday January 18 the Puerto Rican Philharmonic Orchestra will be performing at Fort San Felipe del Morro starting at 4 p.m.
They will be honoring Richie Rey and Bobby Cruz as well as other Puerto Rican composers in the 39th edition of the Fiestas de la Calle San Sebastián.
The musical presentation will be directed by José Eduardo Vanga in Plaza del Quinto Centenario as part of the closing ceremony’s.
Well its official, sort of. The fair is scheduled to start January 15, 2009 until January 18, 2009. At least that is the schedule for the artisans that will be exhibiting inside El Cuartel Ballaja.
From the information I was able to get the Fair almost did not get off the ground! It would seem that the Institute of Puerto Rican Culture handed off the fair to Artes Populares and the Artes Populares did not want to handle it either. It was finally offered to one of the veteran artisans who finally accepted to handle it. Nobody admitted it but it would seem that politics was involved since this is the transition period. Well, at last word the fair is on!
Now as to how profitable its going to be for the artisans is anyone’s guess especially in these hard economic times. No doubt there will be many artisans there trying to make a buck and trying to keep their expenses as low as possible. That in itself is a challenge in these times as many of the materials used by them have gone up considerably. Meals for the event will have to be brought to the fair as the food sold there is ridiculously high priced and will probably be even higher than last year.
The next consideration will be the Police! In all the years that I have gone to this fair there have always been problems between the artisans and the police. The same goes for the general public and the police though in this case many of the participants do go over board! Well, all we can do is hope for the best.
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