SANTIAGO – This year promises to be big in culture and arts, as Chilean contributions will be showcased on the international stage. Nationally, music and film festivals are also set to make a comeback. Major events will be Lollapalooza and SANFIC.
While cultural events like the Santiago Film Festival and the Santiago Writers Festival premiered last last year in digital form due to the pandemic, 2022 looks even more promising, as many live events will come back. Below follow the most important events to showcase Chilean arts and culture this year.
Violeta Parra at the Venice Biennale
Much of Violeta Parra’s work was moved to the Louvre’s Museum of Decorative Arts in Paris in 1968. But an exhibition, called ‘Chilean Tapestries of Violeta Parra. Paintings and sculptures’ will bring the works to Italy as part of the 59th Venice Biennale. The works will be part of the Biennale’s ‘The Milk of Dreams’ exposition curated by Cecilia Alemani.
The director of the Violeta Parra Museum in Chile, Cecilia García-Huidobro, applauds these efforts to enhance Parra’s role as a visual artist. “Now [Violeta Parra] is entering the most relevant space of contemporary art, where millions of people from all over the world will see her,” she was quoted as saying by news outlet El Mostrador.
Biennale president Roberto Cicutto said on the official website that the collection is a journey focusing on questions about “the doubts that pervade the sciences, arts and myths of our time.”
In addition, Alemani collaborated with the Museum of Contemporary Art (MAC) and the Museum of Memory and Human Rights, as well as the Violeta Parra Museum, to restore and conserve the works that will be displayed in Italy later this year.
Pieces on exhibition include: The Circus (1961), Naval Combat I (1961-1962), and The Tree of Life (1963). All three burlaps were made during her travels to France and Argentina in the early 1960s. The Biennale will start on Apr. 23 and Parra’s work will be on display until the end of the international art exhibit on Nov. 27.
Beyond Van Gogh
Created by French-Canadian creative director Matieu St-Arnaud and his team in Montreal, ‘Beyond Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience’ is open at the Movistar Arena in Santiago until Feb. 6.
An enormous success in Canada and the US, Van Gogh Chile promotes on its website an “engaging journey” with over 300 Van Gogh pieces using projection technology to create an interactive experience.
St-Arnaud’s creative vision also involved an immersive once-in-a-lifetime yoga class in the main room, involving a combination of yoga and interactive artworks.
Several live music festivals have been recently announced.
First is Womad Festival, which after a hiatus last year, will return for its 7th installment on Feb. 26-27. Womad Chile director Giorgio Varas told El Mostrador that “these last few years have been very intense for the country, with an outbreak, a pandemic and elections. The festival will be a great catharis.” The festival will take place at Plaza la Paz in Santiago’s Recoleta district.
Lollapalooza, one of Chile’s major festivals, will return from Mar. 18-20 and take place in the Bicentennial Park of Santiago’s Cerrillos district. The festival was canceled in 2020 and 2021, but, debuting in Chile in 2011, will celebrate its 10-year anniversary this year. The line-up includes Alan Walker, Miley Cyrus, The Strokes, and Foo Fighters.
The Cerrillos park will also host the Primavera Sound festival from Nov. 7-13. Each year, the event takes place in a different Latin American country and is among the region’s biggest. Although the line-up has not yet been published, the festival features rock, pop, indie, and electronica.
The 12th edition of international female film festival FEMCINE will take place from Mar. 22-27.
And in August, the Santiago International Film Festival (SANFIC) will take place, while the 29th version of the Valdivia International Film Festival is scheduled for October.
Emmanuela is an International Relations and Modern Languages student from the Univeristy of East Anglia. Human Rights is of key interest to her as are culture, politics and sports.