Theater in the streets and lots of music light up summer in Chile

Chile is used to ringing in the New Year with lots of culture and fun. That’s because January and February is summer vacation time, and Chile’s cities are getting ready to launch their local festivals. Learn more about some of the most popular events here.

Santiago never stops, and this January it will welcome scenic arts to the streets with the Santiago a Mil festival. The event, which has been held for 27 years, features over 100 shows from 26 countries. Innovative theater, dance, music, circus and other groups bring three weeks of artistic expression to the city, pushing the boundaries of the imaginable. This year the main event will be the marionette Pichintún, a baby “Argentinosaurus” that will walk around the streets of Santiago. Interested? Check out the calendar of the event.

Open invitation to Olmué’s Festival del Huaso

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Looking to experience Chile’s rural traditions? That’s what you’ll find at the Festival del Huaso in Olmué. This music competition has been held since 1970 at Olmué’s El Patagual Park, which is located 100 kilometers (62 miles) from Santiago. Originally focused on riding activities and competitions linked to traditional life in the countryside, Latin American singers and comedians have been added to the line-up over the years. The 2020 festival will be held from January 16 to 19 and will feature performances by Morat, Garras de Amor and Los Jaivas, among many other artists.

Frutillar Music Weeks

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If you are a fan of classical music, check this out: In late January, the southern Chilean town of Frutillar will hold its 52nd Music Week, one of the most respected events of its kind in the world. If you’re interested in exploring other local attractions, Frutillar’s Music Week is held in a natural setting on the shores of Lake Llanquihue and offers views of the Andes Mountains and the Osorno Volcano. Frutillar is linked to the arrival of German and Austro-Hungarian immigrants in the 19th century.

Music Weeks attract a diverse audience including both Chileans and international visitors who come to enjoy the renowned acoustics of Teatro del Lago, which has hosted the event since 2011.

Click here to learn more about this year’s offerings.

Tapati festivities on Easter Island

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Tapati is undoubtedly Easter Island’s most important festival. It offers an opportunity to experience the mysterious ancient culture of Rapa Nui, as it is known to locals, alongside the island’s residents. The population is divided into two clans that represent the ancient castes of the island. They compete in a wide range of challenges that call their physical and artistic skills into play day and night from February 1 to February 15. The event ends with a large parade and the crowning of the Tapati queen.

Interested in learning more? Watch this video.

Viña del Mar’s Festival de la Canción brings summer to a close

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The most famous festival in both Chile and Latin America will bring summer vacation to a close at the Quinta Vergara in Viña del Mar. This exciting event, which will be held from February 23 to 28, includes dancing, international folk music competitions, comedians and a live show with famous singers and groups from around the world. The main attractions that will face the “monster of the Quinta” (the name given to the festival’s demanding audience of 15,000 people) will be Puerto Rico’s Ricky Martin, singer Ana Gabriel and the highly anticipated Maroon 5. The event is enhanced by its charming setting. Viña del Mar is known as one of Chile’s most beautiful cities, surrounded by gardens, beaches and lots of nightlife.

Learn more about the line-up here.


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