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Funding for a facelift at Olimpo

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Funding is on the way for new air conditioning, chairs and other upgrades at the Olimpo
Funding is on the way for new air conditioning, chairs and other upgrades at the Olimpo. Photo: Panoramio

Merida, Yucatan − More than 2 million pesos in national and local funding have been allocated to modernize the Olimpo Cultural Center on the Plaza Grande.

The National Council for the Arts, called Conaculta, announced the funding.  authorized, through the States’ Program for Cultural Infrastructure (Paice), more than two million dollars to modernize the Olimpo Cultural Center .

The municipal director of culture, Irving Berlin Villafana, said yesterday a meeting with the Executive Secretary of Paice, Osiris Mirna Ortiz Cuevas in Mexico City, to confirm the resource allocation process and timing.

The city will provide an additional $700,000 MX to fund the replacement of air conditioners, curtains, seats and lighting.

Fodors calls the Olimpo “the best venue in town for free cultural events.” Built adjacent to City Hall in late 1999, its “marble interior is a showcase for top international art exhibits, classical-music concerts, conferences, and theater and dance performances.” An adjoining 1950s-style movie house “shows classic art films by directors like Buñuel, Fellini, and Kazan. There’s also a planetarium with 90-minute shows explaining the solar system.”

Source: SIPSEFodors

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