A block behind the Court House, on the waterfront at 2 Southern Foreshore, the Bliss Centre for the Performing Arts (Mon–Fri 8am–5pm; free; t 227-2110, w www.nichbelize.org) hosts an eclectic mix of plays and concerts in the 600-seat auditorium. In addition to hosting the country’s national art collection and a café/bar, the cultural centre can also accommodate temporary exhibitions. Performances showcase local talent, including children’s groups, solo acts and Garífuna dancers and drummers. Call or stop by for details of performances.
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Throughout Belize you’ll find places bearing the name of Baron Bliss, an eccentric Englishman with a Portuguese title. A keen fisherman, he arrived off the coast of Belize in 1926 after hearing that the local waters were rich with game. Unfortunately, he became ill and died without ever making it ashore. Despite this, he left most of his considerable estate to the colony and, in gratitude, the authorities declared March 9, the date of his death, Baron Bliss Day.