How to discover the cultural scene in Ecuador


Moving to a new place and learning about the culture goes beyond adapting to customs and traditions. The art scene (music, art, literature, and cinematography) is also a big part of discovering a new country.

What are the best ways to learn about the cultural scene in Ecuador, and how important are the arts in the country?

Did you do a lot of research prior to moving, or was it easy to explore the art scene after your move?

How would you explain the art scene in Ecuador? What is the most salient art form in the country, that you would recommend for future expats to explore in order to adapt and integrate faster: literature, cinematography, music, etc.?

Which art form and artist most represent the country's culture, and why?

Are there certain activities or places such as art centres that would help to explore the culture in Ecuador?

Thank you for sharing your experience,


In Quito the Art and Culture scene is concentrated in mainly two areas, Centro Histórico  and Mariscal. There are museums, and cultural centers that one can immerse in to enjoy art, cinematography, music, dance, etc. Something new is always happening, so it's lively for people who follow it. Teatro Nacional Sucre is a good place to start and they currently have an Andes Cultural Festival which will feature Ecuadorian music. At Ejido park it is common to see organized dance events which are pretty cool especially with them wearing traditional attire.

As for the most prominent art form, the work of Oswaldo Guayasamín, who has a museum named after him, Fundación Guayasamín, which is located in Bellavista is a representation of Ecuadorian art. One of his most popular works is the La Ternura collection which depicts a mother and child embracing.

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