Santo Domingo celebrates its history through Colonial Fest 2012

Santo Domingo’s Colonial Zone is getting ready to celebrate Dominican music, art and cuisine with the very first annual “Colonial Fest” festival, to be held October 12-14.

The characters from the Colonial period will come alive through the colonial city’s parks, monuments, ruins and streets.

They will be accompanied by the sound of traditional Dominican music. Other activities, depicting the country’s local art and cuisine, will also be on display.

The festival will take place mainly in Hostos, Emiliano Tejera and “Las Damas” streets. These streets were chosen because of the colonial structures built there centuries ago.

Visitors will also enjoy a depiction of the “Medieval Era” at the Ozama Fortress, where organizers have planned a street theater and music festival, a medieval market, gastronomic tours, concerts, fairs and arts and crafts workshops.

The museums in the area will extend their normal visiting hours.

Festival organizers will also provide street security and parking. The Colonial “Chu Chu” train will provide transportation to nearby monuments and programmed activities.

Colonial Fest 2012 is sponsored by Sansouci, morning daily Listin Diario, the Ministries of Tourism and Culture, and the National District’s City Hall.

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