In an antique house distinguished by its purple walls, is Tapanco Cultural Center. Since its opening four years ago, this gathering place and setting for creative expression has been the host of theatrical performances, exhibitions, and dance and music events: traditional, independent, and alternative.

“From the beginning we have been focused on five priorities: a subsidy to the art community when they need a place to present their works to the public; a restaurant-bar with entertainment (La Casa de Ágata); theater formation for children and youth with the program “Escuelas al Teatro;” workshops for the general public and the construction of a network that promotes cultural diversity, such as “Red Alterna” (alternate network); and the project “Camino de Santiago,” mentions Bryant Caballero, founder and general manager of Tapanco.

This path hasn’t been easy. “To keep a constant schedule of events for four years, continuing to offer a cultural alternative and a dignified life for the group members, we consider an achievement for the Tapanco team. We have presented functions every week from Thursday to Sunday, taking breaks only during Christmas holidays and summer,” adds Caballero. This panorama will continue thanks to a grant from FONCA (National Fund for Culture and Arts), that will allow Tapanco to continue to offer a program from September 2016 to August 2017.

Tapanco has eight spaces: the scenic forum, with capacity for 80 people; the rehearsals hall, the galleries, and even the bar are used for functions offering a subsidy: the center provides the performance spaces and technical equipment at a low cost, allowing the group that performs to keep the income from the ticket sales.

“Escuelas al Teatro”

Another of their priorities is to offer access to the scenic arts including theater and dance to children and youth of Yucatán. It has various phases: a didactic talk in schools with three actors from the group “Sótano,” then a theater function for all the students, and finally the creation which takes place in the classroom: writing the story and creating a play or a puppet show. This takes place on Tuesdays to Thursdays during the school year from September to December and from January to May. Schools can contact Tapanco directly if they wish to participate.

Promoting Networks

Tapanco belongs to “Red Alterna,” which includes 11 arts companies and five theaters, promoting the scenic arts’ offerings. A feature project is “Camino de Santiago,” sharing the creative offerings from the emblematic Barrio de Santiago. Soon the second edition will be presented.

There are workshops for the general public, prenatal yoga (Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:15 pm to 7:30 pm) and aerial dance (Tuesdays from 6 pm to 7:30 pm and Saturdays from 11 am to 1 pm).

La Casa de Ágata
Friday and Saturday 7:30 pm – 2 am
Burgers, drinks, tapas, Friday karaoke nights, and live music shows.

Tapanco Centro Cultural
Calle 68 at the corner of 47, Centro
Tel. (999) 429 5413
Whatsapp: 9999 69 03 89
Email: [email protected]
FB: Tapanco Centro Cultural A.C.

By Violeta H. Cantarell

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