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Using ser (not estar) to say when / where something takes place

To say when something takes place we use the verb ser this way:

La reunión es a las siete y media.
The meeting is at seven thirty.

La fiesta de Javier es esta noche.
Javier party is tonight.

Los fuegos artificiales son a las doce en punto.
The fireworks are at twelve o'clock precisely.


In a similar way we use the verb ser to say where something takes place:

El concierto de Ariana Grande es en el auditorio.
The Ariana Grande concert is in the auditorium.

La exposición de arte moderno es en el Museo Nacional.
The modern art exhibition is in the Nacional Museum.

El entierro es en el cementerio de su pueblo.
The burial is at his village cemetery.


You will often find a preposition after ser in these cases to introduce the part of the phrase that indicates time or location. 

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El concierto de Ariana Grande es en el auditorio.
The Ariana Grande concert is in the auditorium.


Los fuegos artificiales son a las doce en punto.
The fireworks are at twelve o'clock precisely.


La exposición de arte moderno es en el Museo Nacional.
The modern art exhibition is in the Nacional Museum.


La fiesta de Javier es esta noche.
Javier party is tonight.


El entierro es en el cementerio de su pueblo.
The burial is at his village cemetery.


La reunión es a las siete y media.
The meeting is at seven thirty.


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