It is just brick and stones put together until you add art to it. Alejandro Castano, an architect, and collector did the same with a neighborhood of Bogota and created history for the rest of the world. Located between the Calles 72 and 80, the San Felipe Neighborhood in Bogota is now one of the most famous artistic sensations of the city. With a vision to transform this neighborhood into an art district that would be a venue for hundreds of faces, Alejandro Castano opened a shop in San Felipe. Today, this shop is visited by every being who wants to soak up in the natural cultural environment of Colombia and appreciate artwork of various artists.
Located between the Calles 72 and 80, the San Felipe Neighborhood in Bogota is now one of the most famous artistic sensations of the city.
Castanos idea of converting this neighborhood into a curious artistic place was a point of attraction for many artists. Since 2013, the neighborhood has seen several exciting art galleries including the Plural Nodo Cultural, Galeria Beta, Galeria Doce Cero Cero, Jacob Karpio Gallery, and Rincon as well. Apart from this. The neighborhood is also known for its thrilling festivals which never go missing from the radar. From Avenida Caracas to Carrera 24, San Felipe has emerged as a hub for artists, collectors, students, curators, and people who love and appreciate art. The hustle and bustle of this part of the city can be seen from the day till night with spectators wearing the colors they see.
The artists who decide to take part in this festival open the doors to their galleries around four times a year to welcome spectators and introduce them to their latest artworks.
San Felipe Open
Being among the biggest buzz creating art festival around the world, the San Felipe open witnesses a lot of heads visiting the art galleries of participators. The artists who decide to take part in this festival open the doors to their galleries around four times a year to welcome spectators and introduce them to their latest artworks. Apart from diving deep into the works of many artists, the visitors also like to take some time off the daily work routine and be a part of Colombias cultural endeavors.
The San Felipe Neighborhood of Bogota has all the specifications of a typical Colombian neighborhood as well. People of the neighborhood come out in celebrations during the San Felipe Open to share their cultural identities with visitors. They offer guidance, maps, and transport to make a hospitable environment for the visitors. Indulging in the creative performances by film projectors, watching theatre, enjoying music in local parks, are some more interesting activities that the spectators like to perform in San Felipe.
Noche San Felipe festival takes six nights under its wing with several restaurants, cafes, and galleries opening their doors to hundreds of visitors.
Noche San Felipe
This grand festival of San Felipe is the reason behind the neighborhoods name in the world of art today. With the aim of keeping art at the center of the thread among gallery owners, visitors, and inhabitants, Noche San Felipe was created in 2017. People visit the exiting works of various artists in different galleries within the neighborhood to adore their evening with beautiful works of art that have breathtaking stories and hard work behind them.
This festival takes six nights under its wing with several restaurants, cafes, and galleries opening their doors to hundreds of visitors. The list of artistic places that can be visited during the course of these six nights goes beyond 20 sometimes. Not only do the visitors get a chance to get close to the artistic world of San Felipe, but they can also enjoy the groovy notes of electronic, Latin sounds and Afro-Colombian music at the Ghetto Bar in the neighborhood.
Apart from these main artistic attractions of San Felipe, there are a variety of novel culinary offerings that the neighborhood has to offer.
Apart from these main artistic attractions of San Felipe, there are a variety of novel culinary offerings that the neighborhood has to offer. The gourmet BBQ joint that serves some unique tasting Colombian cultural dishes is a must check out spot. There’s no doubt that San Felipe has a lot to offer to the visitors who keep a good and luxurious taste in art. Alejandro Castano’s dream of creating an art district that could rival New Yorks Soho or Miamis Wynwood comes closer with each passing day. The one thing that differentiates San Felipe from the rest of the neighborhoods of Bogota is the grand exhibitions that it organizes every year including the beautifully diverse community which lives in perfect harmony with such artistic expanse.