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Quito Culture with Liliya Bykova

Queen of Quito To be Crowned November 27

One of the highlights of Ecuador culture occurs each year at the end of November when Quito chooses its queen.  Last year the daughter of a friend of mine was one of the candidates, so I have some insight.

After 10-15 candidates are chosen from many applicants, who must be unmarried and born in Quito, there is a reception at the end of October.

Candidates introduce themselves and sponsors make their selection.  Every girl has to have a sponsor. The mayor and his spouse make speeches, the press holds interviews, family and friends of candidates cheer, food and beverages are served.

From the day after the reception until the final selection, the life of a candidate is no picnic. They are picked up from their homes each day at 6 a.m. and the day starts, with makeup and hair, then training in how to walk on stage, dance, manners.

The girls go on tours of Quito.  They have to know the history of the city they represent, visit hospitals, orphanages, sponsor’s companies, different events and finally are delivered at home around 11 p.m. each  night.

November 27, 2008, at Teatro Nacional de la Casa de la Cultura Ecuatoriana, the Queen of Quito, Miss Patronata and Miss Confraternidad will be chosen.
Last year tickets cost $30.

Upcoming Quito Musical and Theatrical Events

Opera La Boheme at Teatro Nacional Sucre
Ecuadorian production.
24,26,28 November, 8:30 p.m.

You can buy tickets at the teatro ticket office: Monday – Saturday from 11 a .m. – 1 p.m. and two hours before the performance.
$80 – main floor seats
$40 – balcony

As I stated before – bring 20´s, 10´s and 5´s.  Quito is a city where receiving change is not to be taken for granted!

In August we saw a Cuban production of Carmen.  Teatro Sucre was packed.  Since our seats were on the balcony, we brought binoculars and it was extremely entertaining to watch musicians, singers, spectators up close.

Free Quito Concerts

In November Quito offers a series of free Ecuador concerts at the Plaza del Teatro. The best way to enjoy the concerts at the Plaza is to sit at the Café del Teatro’s outside tables.  It is guaranteed you are not going to freeze:  the café has outside propane heaters.

Cantores del Pueblo – Noviembre 14, 7 p.m
Apparat Band – Noviembre 18, 7p.m.
Mama Vudu – Noviembre 19, 7 p.m.
Festival de Bandas Populares – Noviembre 22, 4 p.m.

The Russians Are Coming!  The Russians Are Coming!

Russians musicians invading Quito!!!

Serguei Sytchkov and Luis Alberto Llaneza
Concierto de canto con piano
Teatro Nacional Sucre
November 15, 8 p.m.
Tickets: $1 (no joke)

Galina Ryzhikova (piano)
Y la Banda Sinfonica Metropolitana
Teatro Mexico
November 20, 8 p.m.
Tickets: $1(still no joke)

And for those who like pop music–
Concert: Live Ecuador 2008
Colombian singer Juanes
and other performers from Ecuador and Mexico
Friday November 21, 4 p.m.
Stadium Olimpico Atahualpa
Tickets: 1-700-TICKET

And don’t forget:
If you want an entertaining and unforgettable tour of Old Quito, join us for
“Legends of Old Quito” with Liliya and Leo
Cel 08 703 8310
Email lbassist 2003@yahoo.com


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  1. Russians musicians invading Quito!!!