CURACAO

The island of Curaçao is often referred to as the Caribbean's "Hidden Treasure". This tropical paradise is small but sophisticated, cosmopolitan, exotic and rich with history and culture. Although located less than 50 miles off the coast of Venezuela, the island has a strong European influence evident in its colorful Dutch colonial architecture. The capital city of Willemstad has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage City. The 150 000 inhabitants come from many different nationalities and speak Dutch, Spanish, English and Papiamentu, a rich creole language.

 

The perfect combination of stunning geography, rich cultural and architectural resources and that indefinable quality of being authentic and compelling, make Curaçao a great place to paint 'en plein air' (outdoors). The clear azure-blue waters surrounding the island with the colorful marine life are perfect for painting 'en plein eau' (underwater).

CURACAO MUSIC

Izaline Calister

Izaline Calister is a Curaçao-born singer, composer and lyricist with a distinctive personal musical style. Izaline possesses the exceptional gift that makes all the difference for a soloist, as she sings in her native language, Papiamentu, with feeling and grace. Her song "Mi Pais" (my country) can be heard on the background while you are visiting our website.

Ka'i orgel

The “kai orgel” is a small street (barrrel) organ. The barrel organ, originally from Germany, came to the island via Venezuela at the end of the 19th century. The organ grinder is usually accompanied by someone playing the wiri. The “wiri” is a ridged metal tube that gives extra rhythm to the street organ music.

Steel Pan

The steel pan is a percussion instrument made from 55 gallon drums that usually store oil. The pan is struck by a pair of straight sticks tipped with rubber. This performer plays in plein air at the Gomezplein in Willemstad, Curaçao

Tambu

One of curaçao's strongest manifestations of its African past is "tambú", an ancestral form of music and dance. Slaves carried the traditional, rhythmic structure of the form from Africa and passed it along, from generation to generation. Drumming is the foundation of tambú, and the first instruments used by slaves in Curaçao were farm implements. Later they converted small, hollow cargo containers covered with dried goatskin into drums.

Please reload

© 2017 Plein Air Curacao - Art Foundation Curacao. 

Information on this web site (including all text, images, art, and other content) is the property of the Art Foundation Curaçao and/or participating artists. Content may not be copied in whole or part or given to any other person, entity, enterprise, or company without consent and prior written permission from the rightful owner(s).