present and future
In 2008, various commemorative events will take place,
which are of significant value for the cultural
development of Aruba. For this reason, the Government
of Aruba proclaimed the year 2008 as the
"National Year of Culture." With this act,
the Government of Aruba would like to direct attention
to the importance of culture as part of the general
education and development of people.
Listen to Jingle
Cultura Full Suave (640KB, 40 Seconds)
The slogan "Cultura ..., ful sve" is primarily used
to capture the attention of the youth. The second phrase:
"Nos pasado, presente y futuro" (Our past, present
and future), says something about the word
"culture." The combination of these two phrases is
an encounter of the "culture of the youth" in Aruba
with the "culture of adults." This refers to not
only the culture of our ancestors, but also our present
culture and what will eventually encompass "culture"
for our future generations.
The logo represents the fact that we are opening the door of
our home, Aruba. The door "saya cu djeki" (skirt and
blouse) is open to receive and respect the culture of the
various nationalities that have come to inhabit our island.
However, at the same time, we are expecting them in return to
respect and to preserve the Aruban culture. The winds are
reflected by the waves in different colors, which symbolize
the movement of the wind from the different part of the world.
Enjoy the Year of Culture!
|The quick-paced melody driven by
guitar, accordion, rasp and drum beat signals the arrival of
the Dande group of traveling musicians each New Years in
Aruba. The inhabitants of the house are at once joyful and
expectant as the singer begins to spin his own variation of an
age-old song bespeaking of both blessings and the promise of
opportunities for the coming year.
Music plays a central role in most Aruban celebrations,
including its most vibrant of annual events, the month-long
Carnival. True to the island's inclusive nature, no rhythm is
left out of the mix with alternate playings of a powerful bass
band beat, the traditional Caribbean Calypso - dripping in
social commentary - the drum-driven Tumba and Aruba's own
unique Simon sez-like message of Roadmarch tunes uplifting the
spirits of both spectators and brilliantly costumed
participants during parades, competitions and "jump
up" street parties.
|During the traditional St.
John's celebration of Dera Gai, a rooster takes center
stage in song and as a symbol of renewal. Aruba
celebrates all these unqiue traditions and shares them
with guests during the weekly Bonbini Festival, held
at historic Fort Zoutman in downtown Oranjestad.
here to view the PDF program for the Bonbini Festival.
on Aruba's picturesque southern coast,
Oranjestad is the historical Dutch capital city
where the tall multicolored houses of
Wilheminastraat combine carved wooded doors and
traditional Dutch tiles with airy open galleries
and sloping, Aruban-style roofs. Along the
wharf, merchants come to sell fresh fish and
produce right off the boats every morning. All
of Aruba's government buildings and main offices
are located in the capital city.
|Oranjestad is also the
place to shop or to browse in the
marketplace for Aruban art and local
handicrafts. Depending on the time of
year, you could also find yourself in
the middle of Carnival, a summertime
festival, the New Year's fireworks, or
even a parade in honor of the Queen. At
any time of year, Oranjestad is the
bustling meeting place of tourists and
|San Nicolas A
unique Caribbean energy is present in Aruba's second
largest city, San Nicolas, with the majority of
residents originally hailing from the British Caribbean.
The development of the city is undeniably linked to the
oil refinery, the presence of which often stands in
sharp contrast to the modest houses of the area and the
picturesque beach spots.
For years, one of the main reasons that visitors have
found their way to this end of the island was to drop in
at Charlie's Bar. This bar has been famous since the
1940's when scuba divers began to hang their underwater
discoveries on the walls there. It has become a bit of a
museum in the decades since.
|San Nicolas is just now starting
to develop itself into an
"alternative" tourist destination.
Hotels are being built or renovated to reflect
the city's history when seamen around the world
took shore leave to enjoy the local hospitality.
about San Nicolas
finds in museums, revealing ancient cultures, a rich,
colonial past and even a story retold through monetary
tender, casts new light on an island swept up in a
cosmopolitan mix of contrasts. The new direction of
island trends and cultural crossroads are on display
at local art galleries, with contemporary art
providing both aesthetics and commentary to the island
Museums and art galleries are intimate affairs in
Aruba, providing guests vivid, snapshot-like views of
the island's many influences and insight into its
Fort Zoutman/Willem III Tower, Oranjestad.
The Archaeological Museum Aruba investigates,
documents and preserves the archaeological
artifacts and sites of Aruba and informs the
local and international public about the
Amerindian cultural heritage of Aruba.
The Archaeological Museum Aruba is currently
renovating a Historic Complex where it will be
situated in the future. Due to preparations
necessary before moving, the Archaeological
Museum Aruba will be closed to the public
until opening again in late 2007/ early 2008
in the Schelpstraat. The Archaeological Museum
Aruba apologizes for any inconvenience.
Situated next to the central bus station
30,000 historic coins from Aruba and around
Open Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 4
p.m., Friday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.
to 12 p.m.
For more information contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Visit their web site at www.museumaruba.org
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J.E.Irausquinplein 2A, Oranjestad.
Located on Zoutmanstraat diagonally across
from the bus stop in Oranjestad, this museum's
five rooms exhibit giant earthen jars of which
a few contain the remains of Aruba's original
inhabitants. Also displayed in glass boxes
with descriptions are ancient artifacts,
pottery tools and art.
Open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to noon and
1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Museum of Antiquities
Louis XV Antiques & Curiosities can be
found inside a complex built with antique
building materials from the 17th century. The
roof and the onion shaped towers in red copper
house 23 showrooms of unusual items from Aruba
and South America.
Hours of operation are 9am - 5pm week days and
Saturday from 10am-2pm
Located at : Tanki Leendert 158-G.
On the last Sunday of the month, local Aruban
people sell their goods at a flea market. For
information & free pick up from the hotels
call : (297)741-5640
|Aruba Aloe Balm Museum
The museum exhibits the 160 years-old history
of Aruba's Aloe. Watch how farmers harvest the
aloe gel using century old techniques. Take a
tour when visiting the island and experience
the Aruba Aloe difference.
Located nearby the hotel area, Pitastraat 115.
Open Monday trough Friday, 8.30 a.m. to 4.30
p.m. and Saturday, 9.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m.
For more information visit: www.arubaaloe.com
quick-paced melody driven by guitar, accordion, rasp
and drum beat signals the arrival of the Dande group
of traveling musicians each New Years in Aruba. The
inhabitants of the house are at once joyful and
expectant as the singer begins to spin his or her own
variation of an age-old song bespeaking of both
blessings and the promise of opportunities for the
In short time, the air once again fills with a
harmonious collage of musical rhythms, this time
heralding the start of carnival, with the steady beat
of steel bands, the commanding presence of brass
bands, commentary-laden calypso-inspired tunes, a
drum-driven tumba and Aruba's own unique Roadmarch of
quick-witted stanzas omnipresent throughout the entire
month-long celebration. Each tune follows it own
distinctive composition but is similar in that it
conveys a jubilant tone, uplifting the spirits of both
spectators and brilliantly costumed participants
during parades, competitions and "jump up"
In June, it's the chanting rhythms of “Dera Gai”
that highlights the traditional Feast of Saint John.
As December roles around again, it's the harmony of
voices of gaita that signals the start of the holiday
season. Aruba celebrates all these unique traditions
and shares them with guests during the weekly Bonbini
Festival, held at historic Fort Zoutman in downtown
Music plays a central role in all of Aruba's major
holidays as well as its more informal celebrations.
Every evening music can be heard drifting down from
terrace bars, flooding through the doorways of
nightclubs and intimate pubs alike, working in a pied
piper-like fashion in drawing in revelers in animated
social interaction. Latin rhythms of salsa and
merengue, mixed with American top forty and European
house music offer a cornucopia of musical backgrounds
in which to experience Aruba's exuberant and
Local musicians, benefiting from a rich musical
background as well as exposure to international
trends, often provide a new take on conventional
rhythms. Their creativity and musical knowledge can be
appreciated during live performances regularly
scheduled at the local theater of Cas di Cultura,
nightclubs or in Aruba's finest hotels, dinner
theatres and restaurants.
Ivan Eugene Jansen, born in Aruba in 1955, completed
his studies in classical guitar at the Academy of
Music "Francisco Cristancho" in Bogota,
Colombia in 1978.
Distribution and Correspondence:
Ivan E. Jansen, Primavera 60, Aruba, Dutch Caribbean
to "Vals No.4 Opus 8"
Nico Connor is known for arranging the music of
popular recording artists with a unique blend of
electronic instruments and steel drums.
Produced by N. Connor
Recorded and Mixed at Aruba Recording Studio
The local population of the small island of Aruba has
in its midst an individual of exceptional talent in
Padú del Caribe. This multifaceted composer, pianist,
author and painter has, for more than half a century,
popularized the music of the Dutch Caribbean through
his infectious, highly dancable recordings.
to "Shi Maraya"
Conserva nos Historia y Cultura
If you would like to experience the true cultural
flavour of the island, Grupo Guadirikiri delivers up a
lively blend of this island's music in it's native
language, which is Papiamento.
to "Aruba ta Campeon"
ARUBA SUCURSAL DI CIELO
(ARUBA BRANCH OF HEAVEN)
Listeners will be uplifted by the heavenly strings of
Tino Ruiz, softly lilting Spanish music characterized
by relaxing tropical melodies featuring the mandolin.
Produced by Tino Ruiz
to "Aruba sucursal di cielo (wals)"
Lee Connor dishes up the sounds of calypso using
synthesizers and steel drums. All songs are composed
by and arranged by Lee Connor
Recorded and mixed at Cabs Studio
to "Bone Appetite (Welcome)"
Islanders Steel Orchestra
If the oldies are still your favorite and you can't
resist the pulsating rhythms of a raw steel band
orchestra, this spirited Aruban group will have your
heels tapping, making you feel like you're already
here on this one happy island!
to "Love Theme"
and art galleries are intimate affairs in Aruba,
providing guests vivid, snapshot-like views of the
island's many influences and insight into its unique
identity. Unexpected finds in museums, revealing ancient
cultures, a rich, colonial past and even a story retold
through monetary tender, casts new light on an island
swept up in a cosmopolitan mix of contrasts. The new
direction of island trends and cultural crossroads are
on display at local art galleries, with contemporary art
providing both aesthetics and commentary to the island
The artistic Aruban conveys a complex background of
experiences, articulated through country landscapes as
well as in avant garde artwork, rich in bold shades and
most often imbued with a strong message; literature, in
the native Papiamento, is flecked by nostalgia, but
speaks of a modern spirit; music weaves a multi-cultural
background into a rapid rhythm of melodic content; and
dance that ranges from the quaint retelling of a
folkloric past to the experimental, unfettered movements
of contemporary dance. The many faceted arts provide a
picturesque venue in which to enjoy a deeper
understanding of the island and its people.
Between 1990 and 1994 she studied fashion and
illustration at the Willem de Kooning Art Academy in
Rotterdam. Before that she studied at the Mode Academie
Eindhoven, from 1989 through 1990. From 1986 up to 1989
she went to the Windroos in Rotterdam, where she
graduated as best pupil.
To support her artistic endeavours, she also took
classes in Caribbean History at Leiden University and a
small business course at Atlas, Rotterdam.
Vanessa works freelance as a stylist and designer
besides her painting. Her career includes styling for
several Dutch magazines such as BLVD and Dutch, fashion
shows and videoclips for Hips and Delidel Touch. Also
well known television drama series Westenwind and comedy
show Raymann is laat.
She also conducted workshops on painting and fashion,
both in Aruba and the Netherlands. She's an autodidact
For more information contact: email@example.com
Visit their web site at www.VanessaPaulina.com
Nadine Salas was born in Oranjestad, Aruba on February
26, 1968. In 1993 she graduated from the Willem de
Kooning Academy of Art in Rotterdam, majoring in
photography and interaction design. She currently works
freelance as a photographer and webdesigner in the
Netherlands as well in Aruba.
For more information contact: Nadine@salas.nl
Visit their web site at www.aruba-apart.nl
Osaira Muyale is a contemporary artist living
and working in Aruba. Founded a studiogallery
called “Eterno” and a foundation called
Fundacion Eterno from 1993 thtough 2002. She has
exhibited in Europe, the United States, Latin
America and the Caribbean. Her work has been
included in prestigious exhibitions such as the
6th International Bienniale of Havana, Cuba,
Arte 99 of Curacao (grand award winner) and Acro
Art Fair in 2001 Madrid.
In 2004, her work will be published in an Art History
Book as part of group of 20 contemporary woman artist
living and working in the Caribbean. The book is being
put together by the New York University Center for Latin
America and Caribbean Studies. Ms muyale's work is
critically acclaimed and received prizes not only from
institutions in the region but continues to gather a
attention from the local, regional and International art
critics and acclaimed art connoisseurs.
Osaira Muyale Studio is part of her ongoing dedication
and promise to interact with the community and her
studio is a beacon of light to intellectuals and artist
that live on the island. From there, she continues her
work with international artist and local and regional
educators reaching out to her community and continuing
to intrigue the public with her unique work.
For more information contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Visit their web site at www.mocaom.net
Elvis Lopez is an Aruban Artist. He studied Audiovisual
Arts at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam the
Netherlands, from 1984 to 1989. He graduated Cum Laude
at the above mentioned Academy, in 1989. Thereafter he
returned to Aruba and was appointed by the government as
a coordinator of numerous projects, like for instance
the Visual Arts Academy of Aruba, "Ateliers
89" a local experiment in the area of Art education
in order to stimulate the Visual Arts in Aruba. Since
1985 he has exhibited works at several well respected
galleries and musea in many countries.
For more information contact: email@example.com
Visit their web site at www.musea.tv/elvis
With the age of 16, Andre started to paint about his
home island Aruba. He took lessons from local paintors
on Aruba and learned more about the destinct flora and
fauna of his island.
Studying geography teacher in Holland broadend his
intrests in landscapes, and therefor started to paint
more about the Aruban Landscape. Now 10 years later
Andre is studying at Rotterdam Art&Styling academy
to make of his all time favorite hobby a more serious
job. He is a paintor of bright and lively colors
inspired from the Caribbean, like the marvelous work,
For more information contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Visit their web site at artscad.com/@/AndreKock
The mythical Orange Kingdom for many years has been an
important inspiration source for Nouel. His painting
“QUEEN BEATRIX IN PARADISE” reflects the local sun,
sea and sand cliché, uniting Aruba to the Dutch Kingdom
in the process. A special publication of step by step
painting art lessons from Nouel titled “INSPIRED BY
ARUBA” (and almost a love song to the beauty of
Aruba!) has recently been published by Multi Media
International. For years the artist painter has been
giving special painting workshops inspired by Aruba,
sharing his main inspiration source with the world.
Gustave Nouel believes that Aruba is ready for inspiring
the rest of the world artistically, with a little help
from the authorities.
In Aruba Gustave was recognized as ARTIST OF THE YEAR
and he earned a permanent place in a HALL OF FAME,
during his lifetime! Professional and hard working Aruba
artist Nouel has had hundreds of exhibitions
internationally. His art is spread all over the world as
part of many collections: Governments, Foundations,
Museums and Cultural Centres, Galleries as well as
distinguished private and even royal collections. In the
Dutch Pavilion at WORLD EXPO SEVILLA 92 in Spain, Nouel
presented his Jazz Art and at ART EXPO NEW YORK 2000,
his New Biblical Art.
For more information contact: email@example.com
Visit their web site at www.nouel.net
Rosabelle Illes, born on the 17th of October 1987, has
been writing poetry since she was 6 years old. At that
time, most of her poems were dedicated to family members
and for special occasions. At the age of 12, she
discovered spirituality and began to understand where
her deeper writings came from. As she continued to
develop herself spiritually she managed to form her
first book titled ''Beyond Insanity''. A collection of
writings beaming different vibrations and flowing on
different frequencies. Respected Aruban artist, Nigel
Matthew illustrated all of her poems giving ''Beyond
Insanity'' the final touch of depth.
Rosabelle is currently working on her second book along
with another young artist, Robin de Vogel, who will be
illustrating her poems. Her new book is promisingly
deeper and dedicates more time on emotions. Next to her
poems, in her new book she also philosophizes on what's
left when you erase layers from what we call an emotion;
more importantly what this leftover means.
In 2006, Rosabelle completed her highschool of Colegio
Arubano with a VWO diploma. She plans to pursue her
studies in parapsychology and spirituality in the
For more information contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Visit their web site at www.rosabelleilles.com
Elisa Lejuez Peters born 15th of April 1973.
From an early age on she did not have clothing without
stains of paint on them.
In 1991 she started studying at the Academy of Fine Arts
in Arnhem, The Netherlands. Elisa graduated in 1996 and
a year later she did a specialization in arts and
textile at the Post Academy of Fine Arts in Arnhem. In
1997 Elisa got her Masters Degree in Arts. Elisa's style
is characterized by a striking use of colors, mixtures
of acrylic paint and the technique of silk screen
You can see more of her colorful works at; Amazonia
Restaurant, Lounge at Tierra Del Sol, Radisson Spa and
Towers, Aruba bank at Camacuri en Central bank of Aruba.
She also is very active in international expos.
For more information contact: email@example.com
Visit their web site at www.elisalejuez.com
Stan Kuiperi (Aruba 1954) is a visual artist and an Art
Education teacher residing on Aruba, Dutch Caribbean.
From 1972, he studied art and art education in Puerto
Rico, the USA and later in the Netherlands with a
Sticusa scholarship. He graduated from both the S.O.L.,
Utrecht, in 1980, and the Academie voor Beeldende
Vorming, Tilburg, 1982. He then lived and exhibited in
France with his wife, international dancer/choreographer
Wilma Jansen, before returning to Aruba in 1985.
After his return he pioneered the development of
contemporary abstraction in local and Caribbean art,
while at the same time innovating the visual arts in
national education and in community development as a
full-time Art Education teacher and through his Aruba
International Arts Foundation.
His abstract paintings, exhibited for more than 25 years
by invitation in diverse local shows and international
museums, galleries, corporate and private collections
and international biennials, have greatly contributed to
the development of the younger generation of local
artists and the local public awareness and appreciation
of the visual arts.
His work is characterized mostly by the abstracted,
Aruban landscape as a central theme. Stan Kuiperi has
successfully explored the landscape as metaphor for the
human existence on Earth. The precarious relation
between humankind and its natural environment, the
passing of time and the ambiguity of space make up the
essential elements in his work.
His abstraction allows for a highly personal,
transcendental and spiritual interpretation of our
collective histories and our individual destinies, and
is a continuing exploration of Paul Gauguin's
interrogative: D'ou Venons Nous? Que Sommes Nous? Ou
For more information contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Visit their web site at www.stankuiperi.com
Artistic Director/ Choreographer Alydia Wever is
a native Aruban who is on faculty together with
her mother Diana, sister Pierangely and Astrid
at Skol Di Baile Diana Antonette in Aruba. She
started at a very young age and performed in
different festivals Internationally, projects,
showcases, opening for exhibitions, music videos
and dance concerts.
Alydia studied Dance and Musical Theater at The
Boston Conservatory. In 2001 she presented her
first Dance production 'Expresion 2001' in Cas
Di Cultura, then she moved to New York City to
do an Independent Study for three and a half
years at the Alvin Ailey Dance School.
She performed in New York City with The Notario Dance
Company under the direction of Brook Notary. Alydia also
performed with Nathan Trice / Rituals in New York and in
Aruba with the troupe in 2004 and 2006.
In 2004 she presented her second Dance production 'Energia
Interno' at Access Art Gallery and Cas Di Cultura. After
that same month 'Energia Interno' was invited at the
Luna Blou Theater in Curacao. Since then she has been
choreographing, performing, producing and traveling to
Curacao and Bonaire. Her work has been performed by
students from Curacao for The Queen Beatrix from
Holland. In 2006 Fusion #297 with other choreographies
have been performed for the Queen Beatrix of Holland in
Alydia was invited to perform Lugarnan Bashi and
Fusion#297 with Aruba Dance Theater in the International
Dance Festival in New York City at The Dicapo Opera
Alydia is working on her next production which wil be
presented next year in March of 2008. It will be an
integration of all the different disciplines in the Arts
together with 17 Male Artists.
For more information contact: email@example.com
Visit their web site at www.wevercollective.com
Ryan Daniel Oduber, a young Aruban contemporary artist
and designer, has contributed to the Aruban arts &
culture in many ways. This Master of Fine Arts graduate
artist of the prestigious Sandberg Institute in
Amsterdam, Holland, has represented Aruba in many
foreign countries including, The Netherlands
(Amsterdam), Germany (Magdenburg & Berlin), Portugal
(Lisbon), USA (Washington DC & New York), Mexico (Merida),
Costa Rica (San Jose), Cuba (Havana), Dominican Republic
(St. Domingo & Santiago de los Caballeros),
Venezuela (Maracaibo) etc. He is back in Aruba to teach,
organize exhibitions, make artistic video documentaries
& interactive websites. This year he started a new
foundation for the new-media arts called: www.cultura.tv.
He has put together a fantastic team to work with the
Aruban youth to explore the Aruban culture and focusing
on the new-media arts. Together with Leopold Laclé, a
young IT-specialist, they are handing out a interactive
video based platform for the youth in connections to the
arts & music through the site www.sve.tv [Suave TV].
Ryan has won prizes through the arts and got awarded for
an artistic childrens website on how to cope with grief.
For more information contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Visit their web site at www.ryanoduber.com
Is an artist living on the island of Aruba. Her
work is well known among the locals and has a
great popularity. Eefje works with different
materials and styles yet somehow has a signature
style of her own. Born on 12th of September 1946
in de town of Baarn in the Netherlands Eefje
grew up in a family of 9 children. After
finishing high school Mrs. Van Twillert
completed her studies as a midwife. It was soon
made clear that her capacities were more in the
creative direction. Succesfully the courses
‘creative art for youth leaders A & B’
were completed. These creative capacities were
further developed by giving creative therapy at
the psyciatric centre ‘Zon and Schild’ in
Amersfoort, the Netherlands.
During this timeperiod classes were taken in pottery,
glazing, etc. and she was given the leadership position
in a pottery center in the above-mentioned center. This
was also the period where lessons with glassmaker Alex
Luigjes in Amersfoort were followed for two years. In
her marriage the artist raised five children, worked as
a leader in various youthcentres and camps and was the
coordinator for the after-school program at “C.J.
Washington” for a number of years. After 1994 she
dedicated herself completely to her drawing and
painting, as well as sculpting. Eefje her main
inspiration comes from the nature of the Dutch Antilles.
The greatness of Gods creation on so many levels. From
the tiny sand grain to the big Caribbean Sea. This is
what Eefje tries to capture.
For more information contact: email@example.com
Visit her web site at www.eefje-art.com
Jane Hochstuhl Getty grew up in the Dutch
Antilles on the island of Aruba. The beauty of
her island home and the colors of the Caribbean
Sea captivated her imagination.
“I was a dreamer, constantly attempting to put
my world on paper with crayons and paint. I was
intrigued with the cliff formations, the waves
pounding on the cliffs and then receding in a
plume of white salty spray. My heaven was
walking on the pristine beaches, with my dogs,
collecting treasures the sea deposited at my
feet. We rose early to see the sun rise from
Colorado Point. I watched the fishermen go out
to sea, mesmerized by their boats rising and
disappearing in the waves. The Caribbean with
its constantly changing color, and the wind in
my face were exhilarating and inspiring.”
Jane went on to earn a Bachelor of Fine Arts at Ohio
University. She taught art at the elementary and junior
high levels in New Jersey and Texas before taking time
out to raise four children and send them on their way in
the world. She continues her work and study with noted
area watercolorists. Her paintings have earned numerous
prizes locally and regionally, and her Aruba works are
well regarded and recognized on the island.
“Painting is an elixir for me. Each painting is an
adventure and an enlightening experience. It is a quest.
I am still a dreamer.”
Currently, Jane resides in Wayne, New Jersey, with her
husband and two dogs. Her work includes florals, Jersey
Shore and Cape Cod landscapes and seascapes, and many
works from Aruba.
Originals and fine museum grade giclee prints, which are
signed and numbered, are available online.
For more information contact: Jg64aruba@msn.com
Visit her web site at www.GettyWatercolors.com