How to organize an event in the Jardin
By Antonio De Jesús Aguado
Although María José Garrido, head of the Tourism, Economic Development and International Affairs Department, told Atención in 2012 that the Jardín would be reserved for only the most special events, the head of Education and Culture, Acacio Martínez, said that all kinds of events are permitted, depending on the calendar of events of the secretary of the city council.
In an interview in 2012, Garrido assured Atención that the events held at the Jardín would be better controlled and remarked that the venue would be booked for the most important and extraordinary events. Some of the existing events would be moved to different plazas in the city, such as Plaza Cívica, in order to generate more mobility out of the Jardín and also to generate investment in other areas.
Acacio Martínez said that anybody can organize an event in the Jardín. The process consists of sending a request to the Education and Culture Department, but those interested also have to send requests to other involved departments such as Civil Protection, Traffic and Public Security as well as Economic Development and Tourism, which must give the go-ahead. Ultimately, the person who grants or denies authorization is the secretary of the city council, who is in charge of the use of the Jardín and controls the calendar of events in that area.
The Club de Danzón Mercerina has held danzón presentations at the kiosk of the Jardín Principal for more than six years, but since Luz María Núñez´s administration they have faced difficulties getting authorization for their presentations. With this administration they are facing difficulties as well, according to several letters submitted to Atención by Leonardo Rosen, a member of the club. In one of the letters he states that the administration did not authorize their presentation for May 2014. His events were being presented on Sundays from 1–3pm and 6–9pm.
Acacio Martínez said that nobody is blocked from holding events at the Jardín and also commented that this administration handed over a recognition to the Club de Danzón Mercerina, acknowledging them as the foremost club of danzón and a representative of San Miguel, and the administration has provided transportation for the group when they go to other states to represent the municipality. “For this administration Leonardo Rosen is important, because he promotes danzón,” said Martínez. Nevertheless, he said that the historic center is very small and sometimes there is not enough space to hold multiple events.
On June 14, after a meeting between Rosen and Martínez, the Club Mercerina received authorization for dancing in the Jardín on June 26 from 6–9pm and was asked to hand over to the department of culture a calendar of proposed dates for the months to come, although those will be allowed or denied according to availability of the space.