Posts Tagged ‘theatre’

Rockin’ “for” the Free World

Sunday, March 11th, 2012

Concert by Luna McCarthy

On Friday night there was a big concert at the Municipal Theatre in protest of the possible “militarization” of the country, due to the new government. There were throngs of people who watched the concert…I’m not sure if they were just raising awareness or money as well, but it was great to see Guatemalans voicing out against worries of what the country’s future might hold.

Perfect Backdrop

Friday, February 10th, 2012

Perfect Backdrop by Jose Moreno

Ahh, after a week of cloudy skies and thunderstorms, this afternoon’s brilliant blue skies serve as both a relief and a vivid backdrop for the beauty of the Municipal Theatre.

Photo by guest contributor Jose Moreno; text by Luna McCarthy.

An Afternoon to Relax

Wednesday, January 18th, 2012

An Afternoon to Relax by Jose Moreno

The weather in Xela is temperate enough all year long that if you make time in the day to relax and chill out, the weather will usually comply. During dry season/winter, it can be quite cold overnight (-3 degrees last night), but the afternoons are always lovely and sunny, provided you get somewhere warm as the sun goes down, or you might get very chilled, very quickly.

This family relaxes and the children play at the base of the theatre steps one afternoon, as the sun begins to set.

Photo by guest contributor Jose Moreno; text by Luna McCarthy.

Merry Christmas!!

Sunday, December 25th, 2011

Merry Christmas by Luna McCarthy

From all of us here at XDP to all of you, all over the world, we hope you have a very valuable holiday time with your friends and family. Feliz Navidad!!

What’s Happening When

Saturday, December 3rd, 2011

Event by Luna McCarthy

One thing that has always been a little frustrating as a foreigner who lives in Xela, is that it is hard to know what is happening when. You can check the newspaper for events, but many of the local events are not publicized ahead of time. There are always cool things happening in Xela, but the trick of it is, that you have to be “in the know” or know someone who is, before you know when and where and what is happening. For example, this colorful presentation took place on the evening of Nov. 25 at the Theatre and it is sad to say, I have no idea what it was. Perhaps a question for our reader Cristina…?

What a Beautiful Night

Monday, October 10th, 2011

Beautiful Evening by Sergio Dominguez

During the celebration days of Guatemalan Independence, many gathered at the opera theater to cheer on their favorite lady in the beauty pageant. Elegance, charm and beauty from all over Guatemala was on show that night; both inside and outside the theater.

Post by guest contributor Sergio Dominguez

Dance Exhibition

Wednesday, September 21st, 2011

Dance Night by Luna McCarthy

These photos were taken by my business partner Katrien Peirs, when she attended a dance exhibition at the Municipal Theatre in July. Once I saw the pictures, I wish I had gone! Xela (and Guatemala in general) is so rich in cultural heritage and the hypnotic, rhythmic dances are just a small part of that.

A-One, A-Two, A…Pass Me That Hot Chocolate, Please…

Friday, August 26th, 2011

The Opera Theatre by Sergio Dominguez

The opera theater (1895) is used for various types of cultural events and many musicians have found a warm place in this cold city to express their feelings through art and to fall in love with the city which inspires them…and to drink a good hot cup of traditional chocolate, of course.

Post by Guest Contributor Sergio Dominguez


Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011

Orange by Luna McCarthy

So I have a question. With all the amazing colors in this country, why is orange such a favorite? I’ve heard many a traveler say, “There is a lot of…orange here”. The vibrant colors of Xela, mixed in with the different shades of grey make such a beautiful palette. But of all the colors, why is orange a Guatemalan favorite?

Ready for My Close-Up

Wednesday, June 29th, 2011

El Teatro by Luna McCarthy

If the Cathedral downtown is one of the most photographed buildings in the city, the Municipal Theatre must be one of the second most photographed. The design of the edifice and the lines of the columns and the stairs, pose and wait for the travelers to come and shoot some memories to take home or to post on their blogs. She is like a beautiful woman, wearing just the right accessories and waiting for the right suitor to come by and sweep her off her feet.

The Little Things

Tuesday, June 14th, 2011

Wall Detail by Luna McCarthy

Architecturally, Xela certainly has some interesting and beautiful buildings. But sometimes it is the small details, the things we walk by every day that at a moments notice, when the sunlight touches them, just seem to pop out at us. That is, if we allow ourselves the moment, to stop and ‘see’ it.

How to contribute?

Saturday, January 15th, 2011

How to contribute?

Here is one of our contributors, Josh Bachman.This time his contribution is as our subject to view. During one of our trips to take photos, I captured this shot in front of the theatre. He was trying to photograph the pigeons with the girl, who was selling snacks. But as he approached, the birds flew away.

Xela’s Municipal Theatre

Friday, November 5th, 2010

Quetzaltenango's Municipal Theatre

The first stone for the Municipal Theatre Building was put on September 14, 1891. Manuel Estrada Cabrera, who was the mayor of Quetzaltenango back then, was the person who pushed the project to build the theatre. It was financed by the municipality. The architect was a North American, Enrique H. Jones. When the construction was finished, it didn’t have the facade it has today. In 1906, Manuel Estrada Cabrera, who became the president of Guatemala, came up with the idea of having the facade constructed. Finally, on November 20, 1908, the inauguration was done by the municipality.