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Now, go on and get your insider tip and learn more about Festivals in Bogota, Colombia
When one thinks of Bogota Colombia, usually the first thing that comes to mind is politics and government. Most people are well aware of its status as the capital of Colombia. Many also know that with over eight million people, it is ranked as one of the top 30 largest cities in the world and one of the largest most rapidly expanding communities in South America. Some might even know that at 8661 feet in elevation, it ranks as the third highest city in the world elevation wise. But what many do not know is that it is also home to some incredibly fun, exciting, beautiful, world-renowned fairs and festivals; with one in particular being the largest and most respected of its kind in the world.
Colombia as a whole—her heart and soul; the people of Colombia—are a happy, joyful culture typically having a good, healthy perspective on life. A recent Invamer Gallup survey published by Caracol Broadcasting confirmed this, stating that, “Colombians are the happiest citizens of Latin America and are among the happiest people in the world.” And that a country and a people, both so rich in culture, can combine this culture with their seemingly innate joy and enthusiasm comes as no real surprise to us here at IGC. And that is precisely what they have done—combining their enthusiasm and joy for life with their wonderful culture to create some of the most enjoyable fairs and festivals one can find anywhere in the world.
To say that Colombia is a land of fairs and festivals is no exaggeration. The nation as a whole hosts several hundred different fairs and festivals each year! Bogota alone has in excess of 80 fairs that it hosts, most of them annually. So it goes without saying that no matter your tastes or interests, you are likely to find at least one fair or festival with which to titillate your senses or satisfy your curiosity. For the purposes of this article, we will focus on five of the more popular festivals in Bogota. To provide you with an expanded more comprehensive scope of what is available in Bogota however, IGC suggests viewing the wonderful calendar of events produced by Bogota Brilliance. And for a more exhaustive view of the fairs and festivals held throughout ALL of Colombia, IGC suggests referring to the Civic and Religious Holidays in Colombia, Events, Festivals and Fairs, Calendar 2011 produced by colombia-sa.com.
The Ibero-American Theater Festival (FITB), the largest event of its kind in the world, is hosted in Bogota every two years during late March and into early April. Lasting 17 days and with the participation of over 200 art groups from all around the world, over three million enthusiasts and curiosity seekers attended during 2010. It is a major cultural event not only for Colombia, but for the whole world, bringing together the most important theatre companies from five different continents as well as being attended by several of the most versed and recognized performers, directors, writers & artists from around the world. To take literary liberty with William Shakespeare’s monologue, for a period of slightly more than two weeks, “All of Bogota [sic] is a stage.”
Founded in 1988 by actress Fanny Mickey and playwright Ramiro Osorio, it was initiated as one of the many events celebrating the 450th anniversary of the founding of Bogotá. Gaining immediate acclaim and popularity however, it has since become THE highlight of the year for Bogotá, making a cultural statement to the world while displaying the amazing talent, diversity, and plurality of various theatric genres, from classic theatre to dance, circus, music, puppetry, pantomime, performance art, and even concerts. An integral and purposeful part of the Festival is the training of young theatre aspirants with a varied curriculum of workshops and classes taught by international masters.
In its twenty-three years of existence, the Ibero-American Theater Festival of Bogotá has welcomed over 600 theatre companies from over 80 countries around the world. The traditional inaugural night parade includes more than 2,000 performers all in full regalia of colorful costumes representing different regions of Colombia. Celebrating this parade, in excess of half-a-million spectators line the route and help usher-in the most famed and loved event in Bogota. During the course of the event, there are typically in excess of 700 performances in theater halls and other venues, with over 250 street performances taking place as well. Many of the events are free. Spectators and performers alike fill public areas, arenas, parks, streets, theatres, shopping centers, sports venues and cultural and community centers throughout Bogota.
Maybe not quite as large or well recognized, Bogota’s International Book Fair (FILB) is equally important to bibliophiles and enthusiasts of the printed word. Founded in 1988 and taking place during late April and into early May, this festival lasts two weeks and is the third most important book fair in the world, attracting authors, publishers, buyers and over 500 national and foreign exhibitors, and featuring over 100,000 titles. During the course of the event, over 2400 workshops and seminars for children and youths will be offered promoting and fostering the benefits and joys of reading.
The initial purpose of creating the Feria International del Libro de Bogota (FILB) was to strengthen the Colombian publishing industry. Twenty-three years later however, the FILB is now considered a national treasure and cultural resource, and is one of the reasons why Bogota was christened “World Capital of the Book” in 2007. The festivals program includes round table discussions, recitals, book presentations and author signings by over 100 authors. “It makes sense that the country that is home to Gabriel García Márquez, winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature, has the best Book Fair on the continent,” says attendee María Montserrat Pena.
Next on the calendar of events for the top five fairs and festivals in Bogota is Rock al Parque. Created in 1995 and held during the month of July for each year since, Rock in the Park is billed and recognized as the largest and best annual rock festival in Latin America, crowding over 500,000 spectators into and through Simon Bolivar Park in the short span of three days. Founded by former “La Derecha” band member, Mario Duarte and initially financed by Bogota businessman Julio Correal, Rock in the Park is now fully supported and funded by the Secretaría de Cultura Recreación y Deporte in Bogota. Offered as a totally free event, attendees can expect to see and hear some of the best local, national, and international rock bands in existence, usually with several “headliners” performing as well. Some of the most unique and amazing aspects about this festival is that portion known as “Boys and Girls at the Park,” literally targeting children and their musical interests AND that this rock-and-roll festival is promoted and enforced as being an alcohol and smoking free zone, insuring harmonious coexistence and truly making it an event for the entire family. The festival begins daily at 1 pm and ends promptly at 10 pm both as a matter of tradition and courtesy.
The month of September brings Bogota’s Jazz al Parque festival. Created in 1996 and being hosted every year since, for two days in September, seductive, sometimes haunting, sometimes sad, sometimes raucous, always emotion-filled melodies of jazz flow throughout Bogotá inviting bogotanos and tourists alike to listen to world class jazz interpreters and performers. Supported and endorsed by Secretaría de Cultura Recreación y Deporte in Bogota and backed by the radio stations of Bogotá universities, from which new musicians rise each year, Jazz in the Park takes place simultaneously at several different parks scattered throughout Bogota. Nearly 30,000 people attended the 2010 performances, viewing and listening to over thirty different performers or ensembles.
Offering cinematic categories for documentaries, shorts, features, animation and children’s films, the 27th annual Festival de Cine de Bogota has something to offer for all cinephiles. Founded in 1984, the Bogota Film Festival was created to reward and bring recognition to the Colombian film industry. Since that inaugural event, the Bogota Film Festival has opened its doors to honor other countries, including Turkey, Spain, Australia, Italy, the USA, Egypt, Germany, Ecuador, the Caribbean, South America, France, Africa, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, China, Korea, and India. Held in October of each year, and lasting for a week, the Bogota Film Festival provides hours of film-going fun for the dedicated cinephile. Given by competent international and national juries, Bogota Film Festival has presented 195 awards among Pre-Columbian Gold Circles, Silver, and Bronze and 32 Honorable Mentions. It has distinguished the work of two documentary producers and has given 12 Special Distinctions to personalities that have represented landmarks on the recent history of Colombian cinema.
As we have stated before,
“It is our goal and desire at IGC to not only experience happiness and fulfillment, but to provide you, our clients and friends, the means and methods of increasing the happiness and fulfillment quotient in your own lives. Both financially and experientially (mentally, emotionally, spiritually)”.
Colombia possesses such a diversified wealth of culture, geography, and opportunity as to satisfy almost anyone looking to make a life-style change or enhance their financial portfolio. And with Investment Group Colombia’s first-hand, feet-on-the-ground experience in Colombia, we can assure you that Colombia is indeed a ‘happy’ and wonderfully satisfying place to be. ” So take some of that proverbial time and smell the roses.” Visit Colombia, attend some fairs and festivals. Experience the peace, the joy, the relaxation—the passion—that IS Colombia. Once you do, like us here at IGC, you will understand why the ministry of tourism says, “The only thing to fear is that you will not want to leave.”
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