VAQ – Summer arts festival

We are happy to announce the VAQ (Quito’s art summer) 2016 is coming up, and there are a ton of really great shows and activities to go to. Basically VAQ is a yearly event (always August) that showcases a mix of local and international artists in theatre, music and art. This year’s theme is based on solidarity, due to the devastating earthquake earlier this year, which means all the profits will go to UNICEF, to help children affected by the earthquake.

Most of the events are in the Itchimbia Park and museums, but there are also special events happening in every district. They are all free, but go early as first come first serve…

There are sooo many concerts this year, and so diverse, we decided to make two routes, one for rock lovers and another for the ones who are feeling tropical. For a full line-up (as well as all the other events) click here.


Saturday July 30th

13:00-14:00 Les Petits Batards

15:00-16:00 Los Pescados

Sunday July 31st

13:00-14:00 El Extraño

17:00-18:00 La Máquina Camaleón

Saturday August 6th

15:00-16:00 Alkaloides

17:00-18:00 Da Pawn

Sunday August 7th

15:00-16:00 Sexores

17:00-18:00 Pulpo 3

Saturday August 13th

15:00-16:00 Niñosaurios

Domingo 14 Agosto

18:00-19:30 Rocola bacalao

Summer Vibes! Some tropical, others pop, but all feel-good bands…

Satuday July 30th

19:30-21:00 Don Naza and Rosa Wila with Jolgorio

Sunday July 31st

16:00-17:00 Larry Preciado Marimba Son

Saturday August 6th

12:00-13:00 Alberto Caleris**

18:00-19:00 Proyecto Río Mira (Colombia-Ecuador)

17:00-18:00 Jazz The Roots

Sunday August 7th

20:00-21:30 Céu (Brazilian)

Saturday August 13th

16:00-17:00 Erick Ibarra

Sunday August 14th

13:00-14:00 Paola Navarrete

14:00-15:00 Maria Katherina

15:00-16:00 Ricardo Pita

17:00-18:00 EVHA

20:00-21:30 Chocquib town (Colombian)


It all begins this Thursday with “Francisco de Cariamanga”, a story about a man without parents who guards the Peru-Ecuador boarder. He is a very lonely person, but that loneliness turns into anguish and ends in madness…

There are many more great shows, but we will post about them very soon…


Museums have a lot to offer this year!

  • Until August 11th the Museum of Contemporary Art (CAC) has a pride exhibit, about local, regional and national LGBTI stories
  • Every Sunday in August at the water museum (YAKU) there are mini workshops on natural medicine and cosmetology as well as cooking healthy
  • The City Museum is focused on film, focused on memory through film and a short-film festival (August 17th 7 pm)
  • There’s a great exhibit at the MET (not the one in New York but the one next to the President’s “Palace” in the Center). Atopia-from August 9th until September 23rd-deals with themes on migrations and displacement. It’s from the Thyssen Bornemisza Art Contemporary collection.

If we are missing anything or you want to know something in particular, let us know!! We will continue to post about this event…

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