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This gorgeous building, located at the intersection of 16 de Septiembre and Belisario Dominguez streets in La Paz’s old downtown, was originally built in 1910 to be the Municipal Palace. Since then it has been renovated and reinaugurated a number of times, but in 2010 became the official venue for the promotion, diffusion, and animation of the Baja California Sur artistic, social, and cultural heritage.
Click here to pull up the location on Google Maps.
Today, Centro Cultural’s physical presence is awe-inspiring. The building itself is a harmonious blend of traditional Mexican design elements and modern aesthetics. Its striking courtyard façade features vibrant murals that depict the city’s history, vibrant landscapes, and the artistic spirit of its people. Upon entering, visitors are greeted by spacious halls adorned with intricate sculptures and paintings, creating an instantly welcoming environment.
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One of the most remarkable aspects of the Centro Cultural is its dedication to hosting weekly free events that cater to a diverse range of interests. Every week, visitors can immerse themselves in a multitude of cultural activities. From live music concerts and theatrical performances to art exhibitions and film screenings, the Centro Cultural offers a dynamic program that caters to both residents and tourists alike.
More on the activity schedule and contact information here.
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Furthermore, the Centro Cultural actively promotes cultural exchange and diversity. It collaborates with international artists and organizations, organizing exhibitions and performances that expose the community to a wide array of artistic expressions from around the world. This exposure to different cultures broadens horizons, encourages tolerance, and fosters a spirit of inclusivity within the community.
At the state level, Baja California Sur’s Institute of Culture (CulturaBCS) releases a monthly cultural agenda with the mission of contributing to, preserving, and enriching the cultural patrimony of its people. The Centro Cultural plays an integral role in supporting these agendas, collaborating with CulturaBCS to align its own programming with the broader cultural initiatives of the region. This collaboration fosters a cohesive and comprehensive cultural experience for residents and visitors alike. You can follow this direct link to read or download this month’s cultural agenda (the government webpage can be translated into English using Google Chrome’s embedded online translation services, but the agendas themselves are only available in Spanish, so if you don’t read the language yet just have your phone’s translation app handy!)
So, after you’ve settled into your La Paz accommodations and are ready to start exploring (if you are still looking for the perfect place to rest your head look no further than Trip&homes for a luxurious stay within any budget), wander by and pop into this easy-to-locate cultural center! See what events might be scheduled during your stay, check out the permanent and temporary exhibits, or simply wander the grounds for a bit of a connection with the La Paz of yesteryear.
By: The Trip&homes Team
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