Stories about Dominican Republic from April, 2009
“Easter Sunday marked the end of the Gagá celebrations in the Dominican Republic”: Repeating Islands experiences the Dominican version of Haitian Rará.
Over the course of the Holy Week holidays, 57 people lost their lives due to traffic accidents in the Dominican Republic. Rocío Díaz of Monaco [es] notes that 70% were alcohol-related and that people use the days off “as an excuse to drink like they never have in their lives.”
From Argentina, the Mi * (asterisk) citizen journalism website has sprouted up, with the intention of becoming the platform for budding Spanish speaking citizen journalists to post their work and receive comments, discuss topics, receive training and share content. So far citizen journalism workshops have been given in Argentina, Ecuador and Dominican Republic, and citizens from these and other countries have been participating on the site.
Repeating Islands Blog notes that among this year’s honorees at the Santo Domingo International Book Fair is “fiction writer and cultural critic José Alcántara Almánzar, who will receive the Dominican Republic’s most prestigious literary award.”