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Thursday, 29 November 2012 00:00

Esteban CanoThe San Ignacio and Santa Elena House of Culture, under the National Institute of Culture and History NICH, held the Third Annual ‘Cayo Arts Festival’ on November 24th. The event was held on the newly renovated Burns Avenue in downtown San Ignacio, where cobble stones have been used to improve the pathway.

Several bands did live performances. Among them, ‘A Cold Day in May’, an alternative rock band and ‘Johnny and the Playmates’, a local group from Santa Familia in Cayo, dedicated to ‘Rancheras’ and local songs. Coming out to also do a live performance was ‘Ascenthium’, a band from Benque Viejo.

Artists had various exhibitions at numerous booths, displaying embroideries and delicately carved stone. One of those artists was Esteban Cano, who uses a special grinding tool to polish stones to a state of high shine.

The ‘Stone Maiden’ made her stately pronouncement as part of the art on Burns Avenue. The body of a woman, fully covered in paint, could easily have been mistaken for a statue. A sign board in front of the Stone Maiden announced that she first appeared to a hunter from San Jose Succotz in the 1800.

Almost two years ago, on November 25th, 2010 the San Ignacio and Santa Elena House of Culture opened its doors, promoting arts in the entire region. NICH's Joris Groendaal was the main organizer of the Cayo Arts Festival. He said he is convinced that more live ambience-in-art and culture events should be promoted in the Cayo District.