The Summer of the Arts festival is one of the capital's most important events of the year which highlights the cultural offering and diversity of the city. Here are some of the key events taking place during the Summer of the Arts Festival:

Sal Quiteña – Throughout August

During 'Summer of the Arts', Quito will launch its first ever gastronomic festival called Sal Quiteña. The festival will feature culinary establishments such as gourmet restaurants, cafés, bistros, markets and street food vendors that will offer clients an exceptional three-course menu which will include a starter, main course and dessert at a discounted price. Eateries participating in the festival will include a variety of restaurants suitable for all budgets from fine dining restaurants to market stalls and traditional Ecuadorian cafés. Sal Quiteña is an excellent opportunity for visitors to experience Quito's growing gastro-tourism offering, and to discover the culinary traditions of the city whilst enjoying the events and activities of the Summer of the Arts.

'The Villa de las Artes' at the Itchimbia Park & Cultural Centre

The Itchimbia Park and Cultural Centre, located on the Itchimbia Hill, will take centre stage at the 'Summer of the Arts'. During the last two weeks of August, the centre will welcome the 'Villa de las Artes' – an exceptional event which will include concerts and theatre performances. Visitors will enjoy traditional and contemporary music by musicians from all over Latin America such as Chico César (Brazil), Soledad Pastorutti 'La Sole' (Argentina), Totó la Momposina (Colombia) and Juan Fernando Velasco (Ecuador). 'Quito Tiene Teatro', Quito's most prestigious theatre group, will also perform over 18 plays during the Villa de las Artes, showcasing the city's ever growing theatre scene. The centre will also host a number of art exhibitions, gastronomic fairs and activities for children.

Festival of Lights

From 9 - 13 August, Quito will celebrate the second edition of the 'Fiesta de la Luz' or 'Festival of Lights'. The festival is an adaptation of the French city of Lyon's 'Fete des Lumieres', and involves 3-D imagery that has been mapped to create augmented, digitally-rendered visuals that are projected onto the ornate colonial-era churches, convents, and museums across the city. For five days, the historical buildings of Quito are brought to life with images of indigenous figures cast onto the baroque walls of churches and intricate designs wrapping themselves around Renaissance-era columns and archways of the historical centre. Showcased landmarks across the city include the Plaza Hermano Miguel, Plaza del Teatro, Plaza Santo Domingo, Capilla Museo de la Ciudad, Iglesia de la Compañía, Plaza de la Merced, Centro Cultural Metropolitano. 

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