DR1 Travel News - 25 June 2019



Santo Domingo's newest attraction: Plaza Fray Anton de Montesinos
ArtForo 2019 at the Palacio de Bellas Artes
RD Fashion show set for 23-27 July 2019
Wisin & Yandel and Zion & Lennox on stage in Santo Domingo

Santo Domingo's newest attraction: Plaza Fray Anton de Montesinos
Santo Domingo has a brand new touristic site. Plaza Fray Anton de Montesinos has been revamped for visitors and a formal inaugural is set for Tuesday, 25 June. The monument will then open to the general public on Friday, 28 June 2019.

The monument honors the Catholic missionary who was the first to sermonize Spanish colonizers when he spoke up in favor of the native Taino Indian inhabitants of the island in 1510. His famous speech against the enslavement and harsh treatment of the indigenous peoples of the island is regarded as the first human rights proclamation in the Americas. As part of the contemporary concrete structure, a 15 meters tall bronze statue of Fray Antón de Montesinos depicts the friar preaching in favor of the Indians.

For decades the plaza and environs had been taken over by truckers waiting in line to enter the Port of Santo Domingo. The statue in its center was donated to the Dominican people by the Mexican government of President José López Portillo (1976-1982) and was dedicated in 1982 by the presidents of Mexico and the Dominican Republic.

Upon taking office in 2016, new Mayor David Collado appealed to the Port Authority, Fenatrado truckers, executives of the SanSouci/Santo Domingo Port and the Specialized Corpse of Port Security for support for the city project. Some RD$36 million were invested in restoring the monument.

As part of the renovations, the plaza has been outfitted with meeting rooms with capacity for 150, 50 and 40, and 25 persons with air conditioning and panoramic views of the Caribbean Sea and the Colonial City.


ArtForo 2019 at the Palacio de Bellas Artes
ArtForo 2019 opens at the Palacio de Bellas Artes in Santo Domingo from 11 to 15 December 2019. The event is a platform to bolster cultural tourism. It comes to Santo Domingo after a presentation in New York City. Puerto Rican and contemporary Dominican artists will present more than 50 individual exhibitions alongside with live performances. There is also an agenda of conferences and talks and culinary area. Installations and sculptures will be shown in the gardens of the Palacio de Bellas Artes.


RD Fashion show set for 23-27 July 2019
The Dominican Republic Fashion Week (RDFW) announces a change in format for its 11th version. The fashion event will be held 23 to 27 July 2019 at the JW Marriott.

The event is being held under the banner of "Fashion for a Purpose." This year there will be runway shows with people in wheelchairs, street children, seniors, large-size models, people with different abilities for the inclusion program. The RDFW is also working with the Attorney General Office and there will be a runway show, "For a Second Chance," with designs presented by jail inmates.

Designer and businesswoman Melkis Díaz, CEO of the RDFW, stressed: "After 10 years we will continue working hand-in-hand with people and companies that promote the values we have as human beings regardless of ethnicity, social status, physical condition, age, state of vulnerability and all other factors that promote social discrimination."

Also, the designer stressed: "Fashion is not synonymous with frivolity or product for an exclusive elite, but a creative activity that provides resources to those involved, both in our country and in the big cities of fashion," added Diaz.


Wisin & Yandel and Zion & Lennox on stage in Santo Domingo
Puerto Rican reggaeton singers, Wisin & Yandel are booked for a stop in their "Como Antes Tour" at the Félix Sánchez Olympic Stadium in the National District. The artists had separated and now are back together to promote their joint album, "Los Campeones del Pueblo." They will be appearing as part of the 22nd Telemicro Group anniversary on Saturday, 20 July 2019 as of 6pm.

Also to perform that evening are urban music singers Zion & Lennox who are bringing their Eighteen World Tour to their Santo Domingo fans. Others booked for the evening are El Mayor Clásico, Bulova's Family, Chimbala, Secreto, Melymel, Shadow Blow, Vakeró, Don Miguelo and Mozart La Para, and Alá Jazá and his new merengues. On the program is bachata singer José Manuel Calderón, and merengue singers Fefita La Grande.