The Placencia Belize Tourism Industry Association held it’s 9th Annual Placencia Sidewalk Arts Festival this past weekend, Saturday, February 11 to Sunday, February 12, 2012. It was a resounding success for the PBTIA as hundreds of tourist both local and international enjoyed all the arts on display.
The Placencia Sidewalk Arts Festival highlights all or as many of Belize’s visual and performing artists and is staged along Placencia’s famous sidewalk. Throughout the weekend, artists from across the country made their way to Placencia to set up and showcase their best artwork. Artists were also joined by food vendors as they lined the sidewalk making it a colorful representation of art, food and culture. Dozens of local and international tourists were entertained by DJ Dorian, Entourage Movements, Creole drumming by Emmeth Young and Talla Walla and Punta & Reggae music by Inner Vibrations.
Aside from the entertainment, food and artistic displays, dozens of guests picked up informative literature from the Belize Tourism Board booth. Visitors that stopped at the BTB booth asked many questions, advice on places to visit and information about yearly activities including the Maya 2012 Initiative.
The Placencia Sidewalk Art Festival displays art work from all over the country and this year over 50 artists partook at the event including San Pedro’s very own Belizean Melody – Melody Sanchez Wolfe and Walter Castillo. There were lots of jewelry, handmade soaps, painting, carvings, food, and poetry, tattooing and dancing during the festival.
Art display by Walter Castillo and Melody Sanchez Wolfe at Placencia Sidewalk Art Festival