May 23, 2019
Latest News
Entertainment

Uruguay theater bus presents comic reenactment of Paysandu history

By Raul Martinez

Paysandu, Uruguay, Apr 17 (efe-epa).- The bus stop at the corner of Montevideo and Sarandi Streets is the starting point of a humorous presentation of the history of the northwestern Uruguayan city of Paysandu by a theater group on a bus, whose actors offer local and foreign visitors entertainment on the road.

The show promoted by the Paysandu city government is called "Bus Imagine," which during a two-hour ride visits some of the principal historical and cultural sites of this city that borders on the Argentine cities of Colon and Concepcion del Uruguay in Entre Rios province.

The ride around town starts off at the Municipal Market, where before getting on the bus, the artists of the Imagine Theater group advise the public of the only two "rules and conditions" they must observe, which are: "smile and applaud."

The bus then heads for its first stop, the Municipal Cemetery, and on the way the artists enact a story in which the tourist guide is "possessed by the devil himself," who rips her from her role as host and puts her to work for her own selfish benefit, a representation of Egotism.

As the tour progresses, other characters come forth playing the parts of capital sins, which in the cases of Gluttony and Greed are represented by two musicians who organize a union against the working conditions imposed by the tourism firm they work for.

However, both succumb to an "infallible proposal" by the Prince of Darkness, who leads them to sign a contract to surrender their souls and become his laborers.

The next stop is the Florencio Sanchez Theater, one of the principal sites of historical heritage of this city founded in 1860.

It is here the public finally enjoys the outcome of the story, in which, thanks to a friend, who manages not to fall into the claws of the devil and continues to flee the evil one until he is able to deliver his buddies from "the curse."

From traditional music to political campaign slogans, the artists sarcastically enliven the trip to other points in the city until they finally reach the shut-down textile firm Paylana, one of the main sorces of jobs in 1940s and 1950s.

Here the artists leave their jokes and acting aside, and with great emotion tell the audience their anecdotes as relatives of the laborers who worked in that company, aided by an audiovisual presentation that illustrates the history of the place.

Upon their return to the Municipal Market amid music and song, the hosts invite the public to dance to traditional sounds, which gives the occasion the very special seal of the region's inhabitants: friendliness.

The assistant director of Tourism of the Paysandu city government, Juan Andres Pardo, told EFE that the bus ride has been offered for three years and that during Tourism Week (Holy Week) there are four a day for the purpose of attracting greater participation by local and foreign visitors.

"Those actors make it a lot of fun, all very easygoing, and people are entertained, they laugh and the whole tour is enjoyable, but at the same time it tells you a lot about our history," he said.

He added that when it's holiday time, "basically Argentine tourists" visit this city to enjoy the tour, as do a rather smaller number of Europeans.

News history
Journalism in digital age must rethink how to reach its audience

By Gina Baldivieso

Craft-making on the decline in southern Mexico due to lack of pupils

By Mitzi Mayauel Fuentes Gomez

Israeli scientists brew beer using 5,000-year-old yeast

Jerusalem, May 22 (efe-epa).- Israeli scientists have brewed beer with ancient yeasts that were discovered in 5,000-year-old pottery.

Once Upon A Time... In Hollywood Photocall - 72nd Cannes Film Festival

Cannes, France, May 22 (efe-epa).- Quentin Tarantino said Wednesday that he is obsessed with the story of American cult leader Charles Manson at the...

Kenyan writer, LGBT activist Wainaina dies

Nairobi, May 22 (efe-epa).- Kenyan writer and famous LGBT activist Binyavanga Wainaina died in a hospital in Nairobi after suffering from a stroke, his...

Star Wars Canyon: where enthusiasts go to watch fighter pilots practice

By Ivan Mejia

Beekeeping organization in Israel aims to protect bees, promote practice

Yossi Aud has been housing bees in his back yard and teaching people about keeping the insects in a bid to help save them from extinction.

UK's Prince Charles and Camilla visit Ireland

Dublin, May 21 (efe-epa).- Britain’s Prince Charles and his wife Camilla were given a "warm and friendly welcome" to Ireland.

Victoria: an exploration of the UK queen to mark 200th birth anniversary

London, May 21 (efe-epa).- The United Kingdom's Queen Victoria often evokes images of a stern-looking monarch dressed in head-to-toe black, but a new show...

Italian airline Alitalia cancels more than 280 flights due to strike

Rome, May 21 (efe-epa).- Italian airline Alitalia has canceled more than 280 flights on Tuesday amid a national 24-hour strike called by air sector unions.

Austrian Formula 1 legend Niki Lauda dies at 70

Vienna, May 21 (efe-epa).- Three-times Formula One world champion, racing team manager and airline businessman Niki Lauda has died at the age of 70, his...

Austrian Formula 1 legend Niki Lauda dies at 70

Vienna, May 21 (efe-epa).- Three-time Formula One champion and businessman, Austrian Niki Lauda, has passed away at the age of 70, his family announced...

Watching "Aladdin" as a boy, Mena Massoud saw himself reflected on the screen

By David Villafranca

Alain Delon presents his memories at Cannes but avoids controversy

By Alicia Garcia de Francisco

Chile to be main country at Berlinale European Film Market 2020

Cannes, France, May 19 (efe-epa).- Chile will be the featured country at the Berlinale European Film Market 2020, which will allow it to prepare its own...

Chelsea Flower Show features garden by Duchess of Cambridge

London, May 19 (efe-epa).- Green-fingered exhibitors are gearing up for this year’s Chelsea Flower Show in London, which will feature a garden designed by...

Netherlands wins Eurovision Song Contest, Spain comes in 22nd

By Javier Herrero

25Th death anniversary of Jackie Kennedy

By Javier Romualdo

Almodovar gets carried away in Cannes by emotion, memories and kisses

By Alicia García de Francisco

Stars, fans flock to San Juan for Puerto Rico Comic Con

San Juan, May 17 (efe-epa).- The 17th edition of Puerto Rico Comic Con got under way Friday at the San Juan Convention Center, kicking off a busy weekend of...

Almaty, Kazakhstan, May 17 (efe-epa).- Springtime takes on a special meaning along the foothills of the Alatau mountains surrounding the southern Kazakh...

Spanish play about role of poetry, beauty in a sick society comes to Uruguay

Alejandro Prieto

Lemon, cilantro and schnapps are chef Arbelaez's ingredients to success

By Alexandro Mojica

Two hundred years after Queen Victoria's birth her legacy lives on in London

London, May 17 (efe-epa).- Queen Victoria’s name lives on in London's architecture two hundred years after the birth of the British monarch.

I agree Welcome to news4europe.eu. We use cookies to improve your online experience. Find out more.