Move over New York, Paris and London, Bogota has arrived and is now the World Culture Capital of the New Millennium!
Bogota – The Illuminating City Revealed
Over the centuries Bogota has been known by many names, commencing with Bacata, capital of the Muisca nation, where legends of gilded deities enticed foreigners to a faraway land they called El Dorado, an enchanted country of gold, destined to become the cornerstone and catalyst for the European Renaissance. The luster of Bacata, along with its highly advanced culture, metamorphosed into Bogota, a European-style city, which so zealously embraced the principles of the Enlightenment and Democracy that it soon became known as the Athens of the Americas.
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Colombia has long been known as the Land of Poets, and Bogota –
capital of a nation where prose, poetry and lyricism are part of the
people’s genetic code – has inspired many of the world’s great literary
Bogota’s astonishing cultural patrimony has been the powerful key
to the transformation of this ancient city into a formidable vortex of
culture. The cacophony of past, present and future styles of
international and Colombian music, art, theatre, dance, literature,
fashion, craft, gastronomy, science and technology have fused, giving
rise to the World Culture Capital of the New Millennium –Bogota.
In Colombia, one of the few countries on Earth considered by many
to have the least prejudice-prone society, we are happy to report that
on August 30, 2011, the Colombian congress passed a law which would
punish anyone convicted of discriminatory acts of violence with jail
terms from between one to two years of prison.
The Colombian constitution emancipated the slaves upon the founding
of the republic in 1810, and Colombians have enjoyed the second oldest
constitutional democracy in the world (after the USA). Colombia is a
nation of great ethnic and racial diversity that includes a 10.5%
afro-descent population, but it has long been known as a land where
racial prejudice was never allowed to flourish.
In recent times, Colombian society has been unfortunately
influenced by the prejudices from abroad, and the neo-Nazi groups that
have take root may now be considered illegal here. The new law protects
people living in Colombia from discrimination based on race, ethnicity,
religion, nationality, political ideology or philosophy, sex or sexual
The Festival Internacional de Teatro de Bogota Claro (FITB), the world’s largest
international theatre festival, returns from April 4 to April 20, with a packed
program of theatrical delights. This year’s country of honor, Brazil (the first
time a South American country has been chosen), is being highlighted with dynamic
productions, both large and small to be seen in traditional venues, non-traditional spaces and on the
street. Some highlights from the Brazilian groups include Gonzagao, la leyenda – a musical tribute to one of Brazil’s most emblematic
composers, Luis Gonzaga, and La alma del
mar – Ibsen’s play as adapted by Susan Sontag, directed by Bob Wilson for a
troupe from Sao Paolo. A new aspect of the Festival will present works by three
up-and-coming Brazilian playwrights whose scripts have been translated into
Spanish for a special dramatic reading series.
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