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Xela on the Map

A surprising and somewhat welcome announcement as Xela received a visit from Guatemala’s head tourism honcho, Pedro Duchez, the director of INGUAT in late April. Duchez claimed that Xela would be moving into the “first category” amongst tourism destinations in the country – putting it alongside longtime poster children Tikal, Antigua and Lake Atitlán. But yeah – we know. Talk is cheap and action is rare so we’re not getting too excited about this just yet. What’s important is that INGUAT at least knows where Xela is – it’s been unclear if this has been the case for some years now. Now if they could just swing it to open an information office that actually dispenses information…

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Disappearing Spaces

Xela’s cultural spaces took one step closer to shrinkage in April as Guatemalan Prez Otto Pérez visited Xela to review plans to turn the Centro Intercultural into a police academy. At least that’s what we think he was doing – he was definitely looking at a very large piece of paper. The Centro currently hosts concerts, exhibitions, kids sports classes and other such activities. The final decision on the Centro’s fate is due to be announced in mid-May.

Don’t Miss This

Being a monthly magazine, we generally try to keep news of upcoming events to the current month, but this one is too big to ignore – on June 2nd, Xela will be the host of a national salsa competition that you won’t want to miss. This is the 6th year of the competition, organized by local salsa school Sangre Latina.

Top salsa dancers from Xela and all over Guatemala are competing, so it should be a great opportunity to see what salsa is really supposed to look like. After two and a half hours of competition there will be music and an open dance floor for everybody who wants to give it a try and show off their skills – pro or amateur!

The event takes place at Centro Convenciones Beaza (Diagonal 3 D3-13, Zona 1) the 2nd of June at 7pm. You can buy tickets at Sangre Lantina (7a Calle 14-27, Zona 1) or at the door on the day of the event. The entrance fee is Q75 and there will be a free t-shirt for the first 50 people who buy a ticket.

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