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Colombia, Medellin The main event of the cultural life of the city of Medellin is the annual fest named Feria de las Flores or the Festival of the Flowers. This is a great flower parade which is accompanied with ethnic festival. Thousands of city residents take part in the grand flower performance. The festival starts in the late July and lasts commonly up to two weeks. Traditionally the festival is opened with caballero parade or horse parade in which more than seven thousands of equestrians march through the streets of the city grandly. The parade is met by local folks showering the equestrians with flowers. After the festival opening it is high time of street fests and performances. One will find ethnic entertainments literally fitting each taste and fancy.
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Each day the city and its guests witness the brightest music and theatrical shows, exciting fairs and engaging culinary competitions participating in which is available for all the festival admirers. Florists and floral designers introduce to the festival participants their masterpieces. Flower fairs and exhibitions have turned to a good tradition of the fest.
After the series of events and concerts a day of the fest comes which the city residents call the Desfile de Silleteros. On this day all the local folks put on bright ethnic costumes and outfits, back up with the most beautiful bunches of flowers and march through the main streets of the city. The procession looks just fantastic and bright. Thousands of people of different ages and social status take part in the parade. The travelers being on visit in Medellin during the Flower Festival can take part in the procession as well. To join the procession one should buy a bright ethnic outfit in one of the local souvenir shops and choose an awesome bunch of flowers. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
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The festival Feria de las Flores first was held several centuries ago. In the course of its long history the holiday has sufficiently altered and modified as well as has lost its initial meaning. The Flower Festival is the brightest and most remarkable but not the single event in its kind in the cultural life of the city. Medellin traditionally holds the International Poetry Festival in the middle of June. The festival performs as renowned writes so amateur authors just starting their way in the literature career. This fest is as well of immense popularity among travelers however it has on its schedule just literary events and performances.
Bird sculpture by the famous Colombian artist Fernando Botero - Boat Quay Three dance festivals are held in the capital of the Antioquia Department. The first is called Festival Internacional de Tango. It takes place in mid-June. The festival opens the summer dance season. The outdoor area on Botero Plaza and the indoor stage, which is located in Teatro Metropolitan, are the venues for the festival. More than 350 professional dancers from all over the world take part in it. You can visit it for free to admire the colorful performances of artists.
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The biggest dance event in the country takes place next month. It gathers more than 3000 participants. These are both local and visiting dancers. This event is called Colombia Salsa Festival. Dance competitions, master-classes, concerts, and public dances are included in the program of this event. Various cultural institutions become locations for the festival. These are theaters, exhibition centers, art cafes, and congress centers. Another festival dedicated to salsa takes place in early November. It is called the Festival De La Salsa Romántica. The picturesque Jardín Botánico garden becomes the venue for the festival.
Medellin is considered not only the industrial capital of Colombia but it is also its fashion center. This is confirmed by the holding of a festival called Colombiamoda. It takes place at the end of July. The fest lasts three days. Fashion shows, fairs, exhibitions, conferences, and meet-and-greets are available to visitors during this time. Event tourism enthusiasts visit a music festival called Altavoz in mid-October. The most popular places in the city are the venues for the festival. These are Plaza de Toros La Macarena, Estadio Cinquentenario football stadium, and Aeroparque Juan Pablo II Park. The fest is held open-air. It gathers both local and visiting performers. Genres performed during the festival range from rock, punk, and metal to electronic music, electro-folk, and country.
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Temporada Taurina is held in February. The bullfighting season opens with the fest. It is popular in Colombia as in Spain. Colorful bullfights take place in the most suitable place for this. This is Plaza de Toros La Macarena. Bullfighting is held all year round in Medellin despite criticism from some activists. The season ends with a festival called Furia Taurina de la Candelaria, which is also held in the Plaza de Toros La Macarena.
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Cathedrals and basilicas near Medellin
♥   Catedral Basílica Metropolitana de la Inmaculada Concepción de María, Medellín, 5.2 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Basílica de Nuestra Señora de la Candelaria, Medellín, 5.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Catedral de Nuestra Señora del Rosario, Girardota, 13.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Concatedral de San Nicolás el Magno, Rionegro, 23.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Catedral de Nuestra Señora de las Mercedes, Jericó, 24.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Basílica de Nuestra Señora de las Misericordias, Santa Rosa de Osos, 39.9 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Catedral Nuestra Señora del Rosario de Chiquinquirá, Santa Rosa de Osos, 40.5 km from the center. On the map   Photo
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Traditions and festivals in cities around Medellin

Cityguide on traditions, mentality and lifestyle of people in Medellin. Learn the best periods to visit Medellin to discover its soul - authentic festivals, events and celebrations. We will also reveal the interesting habits, attitude towards the world and to tourists in Medellin.
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