Culture Watch: Quito Named 2011 American Capital of Culture

Culture seekers looking for the creme de la creme ought to look to Quito, Ecuador, which has recently been named the 2011 American Capital of Culture.

Quito, a 320-acre historic treasure chest is packed with 130 monuments and 5,000 heritage properties. The 16th-century city is enriched with Andean volcanoes and is rich with cultural activity. In honor of its bestowed title, the city has conjured up a calendar's worth of events.

May 19-20: International Biennale of Guitars
June 20-26: International Festival of Singers
June 1-15: "The Song of the Festival" Exhibition
July 20-26: Frankenstein, the Musical
August 4: Exhibition of Manuel Cholango
August 17-20: Fair of Quito's Sweets and Traditions
September 12-18: Ecuador's Jazz Festival
October 17-23: International "Music of the World" Festival
November: Urban Art Happenings
December: Tribute to Ecuadorian Artists
December: Christmas Concert

For more information visit www.quito.com.ec.

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