Inauguration of Bolivia's Largest Cultural Center

(Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia)

Bolivia's largest cultural center will be inaugurated on September 30, 2009 in Santa Cruz. The former BBA (Banco Boliviano Americano) on René Moreno street, just a few blocks down from the main plaza will now house the CENTRO CULTURAL SANTA CRUZ. The Banco Central de Bolivia (Bolivian Central Bank's) Fundación Cultural (Cultural Foundation) set aside Bs. 17 million, of which 5 million have been invested in the first phase of this project which includes the exterior facade, four exhibit halls, a 40-person video viewing room, offices, stairwells, two elevators (there will be five in all), restrooms and a workshop. The bank's former vault is now an artwork storage room.

The second phase of this project, to be completed in 2010, will include a theater with an orchestra pit, a library, the three remaining elevators, a cafeteria, five additional workshops and parking for 40 vehicles.

Tonight's inauguration will begin at 8:00 p.m. and will include four large exhibits featuring pieces by Ejti Stih and Juan Bustillos (founders of the Manzana Uno art gallery on the main plaza - behind the cathedral) and other renowned Bolivian artists.

This is definitely something for cruceños and Bolivians to be proud of.

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