May 4, 2018 by Kassandra Rodriguez
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There will never be a dull moment in San Antonio as long as The Pearl is involved! New addition to the tricentennial celebration will be Olé, San Antonio, a summer-long festive program celebrating San Antonio’s Spanish heritage. Olé will be held from June 15 through September 16th and will feature events and activities related to four main pillars: gastronomy, music & dance, arts, and architecture. Events will include new programming while also incorporating existing Pearl activities.
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The main focus of Olé will be to acknowledge the intercambio (exchange) and collaboration between the two cultures of Spain and San Antonio, acknowledging the shared past and looking toward the future. The entire Pearl neighborhood will come together with restaurants featuring Spanish menus and chef collaboration dinners, retailers featuring specially curated Spanish items, activations in Pearl Park, and much more.
Pearl will have a total Spanish take-over hosting Tapas Tuesdays, Gin Tonic Thursdays, Spanish wine selections, and more. Several collaboration dinners are planned that will include Spanish chefs paired with Pearl chefs. The Culinary Institute of America in San Antonio (CIA) will host Spanish master classes for its students and food enthusiasts alike all summer long centered on popular Spanish cuisine like tapas, paella, and Spanish wines.
Spanish music and dance will come to life at Pearl with a broad range of performances including flamenco, jazz, DJs and even mariachi. World-renowned flamenco dancer Carlos Rodriguez will present a special performance at Pearl Park; Spanish DJs will collaborate in their performances with South Texan counterparts, and Grammy nominated Spanish artist, Concha Buika is scheduled to perform at Pearl Park in August.
Arts and architecture will also be a major focus of the Olé programming. Throughout the summer, the Olé Galería will feature exhibitions of contemporary Spanish graphic artists and works from Spanish photographers Beatrix Mexi Molnar and Andres Marin. Olé will also be collaborating with the San Antonio Museum of Art on its exhibition Spain: 500 Years of Spanish Painting from the Museums of Madrid. Ana Juan, an artist, illustrator, painter, and winner of the 2010 Spanish National Illustration prize, with more than 20 New Yorker covers to her name, will be creating a limited edition serigraph honoring the city’s long history printed by master serigrapher Manolo Gurillo.
On June 21, the official opening day of Olé, several activations will happen, including a Dia Mundial de la Tapa (International Day of the Tapa) tasting at Pearl Stable, a flamenco performance in Pearl Park by Pure Flamenco Primitivo Family Dance Company, and a celebration of Spanish cuisine and cooking techniques at the Culinary Institute of America campus at Pearl.
Ole’s closing day is scheduled for September 16th and will include an intercambio dinner with Spanish chefs working with Pearl chefs, a mariachi-flamenco performance with Spanish guitarist Luis Gallo performing with local San Antonio artists as part of Mariachi Lab, and a Cabezudos (big heads) parade representing key figures in the city’s history. A short film, the product of a collaboration between visiting Spanish and San Antonio-based artists, will premiere the event.
This is definitely going to be a memorable time for our community, if you plan on doing something lively and cultured this will be the event for you. Mark your calendars, it’s coming up!
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