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Yes, you are right, "estar" indicates location, as in "María está en la playa" (María is at the beach) or "Birmingham está en el centro de Inglaterra" (Birmingham is in the centre of England) but to say "where events take place" we use "ser". It is a more specific use. It would sound a bit odd to say "¿Dónde está la fiesta? as we consider "una fiesta" to be an event, so we would say "¿Dónde es la fiesta?.
I hope this helps.
Thank you, Inma. Your r eply does help me to understand the difference in usage of "Ser" and "Esta." I appreciate your help.
The way I remember this (as a non-native speaker) works like this.
When you plan a large event, like the world cup final or the super bowl, the event gets a time and a place. These are unlikely to change and become a permanent characteristic of the event, so ser is appropriate. Smaller events "inherit" this behavior because they are events.
When you go to a location, you may move, so it is a temporary description and gets estar. Locations even more permanent locations (such as the location of a building) "inherit" from this behavior.
why is it : My father is in the hospital. = es?
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