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Guadalajara 2019 ISPA Congress -Venues
Congress Theme - The Strength Within Us



Congress: Santander Performing Arts Centre
Academy: Arroniz Building, Ministry of Culture
The architecture of Guadalajara is really something to behold - a mix of beautifully maintained 18th century buildings beside some of the most contemporary of designs.

ISPA CEO David Baile

Santander Performing Arts Centre

Av. Periférico Norte 1695, Rinconada de La Azalea, Belenes Nte., 45150 Zapopan

Since its inception, the University Cultural Center has been a carefully planned project, designed in keeping with world-class standards. Along with the Government of Zapopan, who has participated actively in the project since June, 2003, renowned and important national and international figures have collaborated in different areas to realize the creation of the University Cultural Center. The Center unites excitement and entertainment with nature and society in an urban area, where the arts, education, recreation and information are the focus. It is a catalyst of ideas, a meeting space, a platform for exchange that promotes a new attitude, a new sense of community, identity, belonging and pride.

The Santander Performing Arts Centre, which measures 52,000 square meters, boasts a design and infrastructure that creates an intimate sense of space, where the public and performers form a common bond.

The Santander Performing Arts Centre is without a doubt one of the most important cultural centers in Latin America, taking its place among the great art centers in this continent, Europe and Asia.

The University of Guadalajara extends the city’s and region’s cultural offerings with these performance spaces, which meet the most demanding musical, dance and theater production technological requirements. Equipped with the highest technology, its interior is also overlaid with an inviting design of regionally sourced wood, which gives local character to its main performance halls.

Arroniz Building, Ministry of Culture

Calle Reforma 476, Zona Centro, 44100 Guadalajara

This space was occupied by the convent of the Augustinian nuns of Santa Monica, hence it is also known as the "Alcázar de Santa Mónica". It was founded in 1719, and was left empty in 1859 due to the War of Reform.

It is then when the tapatío printer D. Dionisio Rodriguez, acquired this enclosure in 1868 and lent the facilities so that they were occupied by the Seminary of Guadalajara. With the rectory of Agustín de la Rosa, the seminarians moved to the Ex convent of Santa Monica to continue their studies. However, due to structural failures the ship began to suffer landslides, so in 1890 the authorities of the Seminary decided to start the demolition of the place to build a new one. It was the engineer Antonio Arroniz who was responsible for carrying out the construction project.

The Arroniz building was born in full Porfiriato, hence the aesthetic architectural conditions. It was until 1902 when the work was finished, with the conclusion of an eclectic space, which plays with art nouveau and Moorish elements. Its courtyard consolidates a Renaissance style, similar to Milanese patios in the Italic peninsula, consolidated with Zapotlanejo gray quarry. It is characteristic the intense color of the bricks, which, similar to the tezontle, paint the walls deep red.

The Seminary soon said goodbye to its home, due to the troops of the constitutionalist army took over the building in 1914, turning it into a military barracks. Until a few years ago it was known as the XV Military Zone, today this building is the central office of the Secretary of Culture Jalisco.


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