The traditional San Sebastián Street Festivities will be different this year due to the coronavirus pandemic that plagues the Country and the world.
So this weekend there will be various hybrid events and activities – virtual and face-to-face – to replace and commemorate the tradition.
The event will feature an artistic special, will include promotional capsules about Old San Juan, as well as interviews with merchants and artisans, which will be broadcast through the social networks of the Municipality of San Juan and through the television channels WAPA and WAPA America this coming Saturday, January 30, from 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Similarly, the parties include a virtual family concert of the children’s group Attention Attention, which will be broadcast on social networks next Sunday, January 31, at 3:00 pm
The event will also include the face-to-face participation of a limited group of 20 artisans in each of the San José, De Armas and Eugenio María de Hostos squares in Old San Juan during Saturday and Sunday, from 10:00 am to 5:00 am pm, under strict security measures against COVID-19, according to the Municipality of San Juan in a press release.
On the other hand, on Saturday and Sunday there will be the Artisan Market of the Tourism Company in Paseo la Princesa and Plaza Dársenas where there will be over 100 artisans from 9:00 am to 7:00 pm
The animation of the virtual event will have the talent of Deddie Romero and Jerry Rivera. Guest artists for the special include San Juan Children’s Choir, La India, Joseph Fonseca, Melina León, Plenéalo, Toño Rosario, Tamboricua, La Tribu de Abrante, Victoria Sanabria, Wilkins, Zacandela and Zaily.
The Las Fiestas ribbon cutting will be broadcast live on WAPA TV in Noticentro en la Mañana on Thursday, January 28 at 8:00 am from Plaza San José.
Handicraft Fair and concerts
Likewise, the Institute of Puerto Rican Culture (ICP) will celebrate the Handicrafts and Plastic Arts Fair in the cultural district of Ballajá in Old San Juan over the weekend.
Under the name “More than a Street”, they will broadcast musical shows in virtual format through the ICP Facebook and the Medalla brewery.
The celebration will begin on Friday, at 6:00 pm, with a full night with Full Free and Fill it out. It will continue on Saturday, at 7:00 p.m., with the rock of The sect and on Sunday with the show of La Abrante Tribe, at 5:00 pm
The presentations, which will contain visuals of Old San Juan, were recorded from the ICP headquarters and they assured that they had taken the appropriate preventive measures against the coronavirus.
In addition, they announced that people will be able to purchase pieces made by artisans and plastic artists affiliated with the ICP through the virtual store of the official website of Medalla Light.
This initiative joins the mobile application ArtesaníasICP, previously announced, as part of the efforts made by the ICP so that artisans can expand their businesses. This will allow more people to support the country’s arts and crafts class, both in Puerto Rico and in the diaspora.