Day #27 Opening ceremony

Day #27 Opening ceremony

Final day is here, and the official opening starts at 2pm!!

We crawled early out of bed for the last time in an attempt to meet our goal of completing the building.

So the morning was spent completing the final details like putting in the remaining window frames and glass, the few missing OSB boards in the interior walls, cleaning up the site, sanding down areas, and whatever else that needed to be done to get the site and building looking good.

Chile a Soñar arrived the night before and pitched in for the morning clear up, plus organising the stage, seating area, banners and tables for the locals to display their goods for sale.

1Preparing for the opening

8stage

The local folk from Pumanque had quite a variety of items for sale; from ceramics, leather goods and woven textiles to delicious pastries, jams and home-made liqueurs.

3local chilean goods

4local chilean goods

5local chilean goods

6local chilean goods

The ceremony finally began, and members of Chile a Soñar welcomed the crowd to be seated. A series of introductions and acknowledgments were made during the first part.

9receiving award

Marina, was our representive for receiving a token of appreciation from the Mayor. Who expressed his great gratitude on behalf of Pumanque for this building.

11receiving award

12conmemoration

13on the terrace

The head leader of Chile a Soñar gives a speech.

14speeches

Then Marina…and in Spanish too!

15speeches

Then the whole course was called up on stage to receive a small token of appreciation as well.

16acknowledgements

Finally the minister gave a blessing for the building and for those present.

17blessings

Then it was time to officially open the building.

17ribbon

Representitives from both the Scarcity and Creativity course, Chile a Soñar and the Mayor collaborated in the cutting of the ribbon.

18official opening

19opened

The Community Centre is now officially open for use!

20viewer

Scarcity and Creativity course photo!

23class picture

24selfie

A series of musical performances took place during the rest of the day. First some popular South American music to dance to.

24dancing

30dancing

The slide was highly popular with the children. Hours of fun climbing up and then sliding down.

26sliding

27sliding

28sliding

29sliding

30sliding

Magdalena and family.

30magdalena and family

30on the terrace

The terrace makes a good viewing platform for the concerts below.

21On the terrace

21on the terrace3

Next was some more traditional music for dancing the national Chilean dance, Quecha.

32local music

36Quecha

34Quecha

33Quecha

35Quecha

37Quecha

8chilean goods

9chilean goods

30chilean socialising

Something sweet in between…

30baked goods

Another band plays also local Chilean music.

38local music

The two trees on the building site were a sought after spot to sit and enjoy a break from the strong sun that day.

37sitting in the shade

40under the trees

41on the stairs

42old door

Next musical line-up was a Chilean rock band playing known cover songs from the likes of Beatles and Red Hot Chilli Peppers among others.

43rock band

43Rock concert

43audience

43enjoying roof top

43sitting in the shade

44viewing the stage

The children put on a colourful theatre show too.

44childrens play

The children and adults alike are roaming around the building and exploring its many features.

45Back fasade

46Back fasade 2

The terrace at times also becomes a good spot for a little solitude…

46on the terrace

47enjoying solitude on terrace

The locals have found the niche as a useful spot for chilling in the shade and enjoying a chat and an empanada.

46niche

47kids playing

47on terrace

48exploring building

48exploring

49exploring building

49kids playing

50exploring building

50kids playing

The backyard after a while turns into an oasis of serenity..

41backyard

39backyard

40backyard

The students taking a well deserved break…

51relaxing

15On the terrace2

Some final group photos with the SCL course and Chile a Soñar.

class and chile a sonar

Few moments were spent enjoying the use of the terrace…

25_2mingling

25mingling

26mingling

The sun begins to set on a wonderful eventful day.

51sunset

52sunset

53sunset

54sunset

55sunset

56backyard

57sunset

Farewell Pumanque! Time to return to Santiago and onwards home.

58return to santiago