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  • Año Nuevo



Just when people start the festive ritual of hugs, congratulations and cheers for the New Year, from the Prat Pier to Viña del Mar bursting more than 20 tons of fireworks around the coastline. It is the noisy New Year's tradition in the Sea, a magnificent fireworks display that takes half an hour the sky over the bay of Valparaíso. For being here, as close as possible to the light heavy bombardment, thousands of people come from all over the world, lining the streets of the port, the viewpoints and hills facing the bay, the city is besieged by the party. The movement starts from the morning of 31 December. Earn the most advanced place in the public viewpoints best view: Gervasoni, VJ, Atkinson, Baron, May 21. Other, more far-sighted yet, enjoy dinner - booked out weeks or months in advance - in restaurants near the harbor. Others rent boats to appreciate the show on their heads and from the wobble of the waves, while the rest took cover in every corner that faces the sea. Because the natural amphitheater that is Valparaiso offers feast for all. The New Year at Sea started in 1952 and keeps growing year after year in enthusiasm and tons of gunpowder, is considered one of the biggest events of its kind in the world. But half an hour of light and noise is just the beginning. Celebration turns to organized street performances in the Plaza Sotomayor, the greeting between neighbors of the hills, with their own house parties or bars incessant rhythm and dance halls, which have been prepared with special care for the occasion. So all open to the best of the year ahead.
  • Fiestas 14


The tango was born in the late nineteenth century on the banks of the Rio de la Plata and from there expanded its charm to the whole world. Son of the Uruguayan milonga and grandson of the Cuban habanera, is comfortable in ports. Valparaiso has a stronghold in standing firm in the dozens of dance schools and bars to reserve a space for this ritmo.Danza explicit and provocative lyrics with heavy load of sentimental, if not total won by a melancholy, a stop in Valparaiso an annual festival in summer, celebrates the rhythm and dance of the two by four. Valparatango is a multi-day event that was born in the fishing creek and that the Quinn and collects 19 issues, establishing itself as the first festival of tango in Chile, with international competition and many ancillary activities that captivate always willing locals. Was initiated by the present Councilman Jorge Castro, then director of tourism of the municipality, and found fertile ground in the port for multiple forms. Valparatango Because not only displays the skills of dancers and the sounds of classic tangos, but also organizes film series and allusive pictorial samples, literature and poetry ad hoc, live shows, conferences, clothing and a whole cultural circuit around the tango. The threshold of two decades, Valparatango enjoys good health and power of propagation reaches the younger segments of the city. With the World Summit held in Valparaiso 2007, Valparatango won a firm base that makes it a reference point when parts of the world where the tango is king.

In 2009 the festival turned 20 and was held at large. In 2010 was celebrated between 25 and 31 January.



Every Friday, bordering nine at night, recalls the Passion of Christ in a Via Crucis which passes through the main streets of Cerro Pleasures. All the neighbors involved, as actor or spectator. With absolute realism to the characters embody the passion of Christ.

The Way of the Cross begins at Pleasure Avenue, opposite the Santa Maria University. Gone are several months of preparation under the auspices of the Parish of Our Lady of Lourdes.

After intense hours, all ends with the Cruxifición, held in the Plaza of the Conquest.

Getting there: Take the van plan 501 or 510, get off at the University Federico Santa Maria and follow the procession to the Plaza de la Conquista.

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  • Fiestas 15


The traditional burning of Judas takes place in the hills of Valparaiso, the last day of Easter, Easter Sunday. Hundreds of children roam the streets begging for coins to Judas, a doll made of clothing that also collected among neighbors. Then comes the burning of Judas, which originally symbolized the repudiation of the people all the betrayal of the character. The ritual is part of Spanish tradition and was practiced by soldiers, sailors and missionaries out of the churches. The first reference of the burning newspaper dates from 1846, published in El Mercurio of Valparaiso. At first the ritual was done in the vicinity of the Parish of the Twelve Apostles and in the Plaza of The Matrix, with the passage of time, the enlightened elite contempt for him away from the churches. He settled in the hills, where the ritual is more free and creative. Sometimes there is a "widow" and others do not, in some cases it is an event organized and in others spontaneous. Burning feature is the reading of the Testament, a document that makes fun of a neighbor or repudiates bad decisions of the authorities. The correspondence with the guilt or social mistakes are burned together with the doll, punishing those who do not suffer what would be an unbearable ordeal. The cry of "traitor" that involves adults and children is a symbol of atonement, which seeks to restore harmony and unite the divided heart of the community.
  • Fiestas 04



It is the second major national holiday after Independence Day on 18 and 19 September. It commemorates the exploits of Captain Arturo Prat Chacón, who a May 21, 1879 - recently launched the Pacific war with Peru and Bolivia - faced off the coast of Iquique to the most powerful vessel of its time Peru, El Huascar. Under the command of the old Esmeralda, which was shelled, spurs and sunken, his sacrifice and devotion to duty led him to become a symbol of seamen in Chile and national hero. A large military parade in Plaza Sotomayor, at the monument that reminds Prat and his comrades killed in combat, honors them. They are present in the square of the naval authorities, regional and President of the Republic, which is to give an annual account of his administration to Congress the same plenary session in Valparaiso. It is the utmost solemnity and emotion to remember the heroes. As in the Fiestas Patrias in September or as in the New Year, preparations begin in advance. Much earlier, in the hills and neighborhoods are beginning to hear the sound of boxes, whistles and trumpets of war school bands. Rehearse for their own parade, which takes place the day before the official ceremony.

The May 21 public buildings lined after dawn and early people throng the streets near the square to see the passage of troops. Children dress in costumes sailors or Chileans. Wherever there are people passing sailors and sellers of sweets, popular singers, Chinchinero [1] and acrobats. Because martial is the spectacle of the parade that crowns one holiday more features of the city.

[1] Chilean popular character, which colorfully dressed for the occasion, load a large drum and a cymbal on his back. The hard hitting sounds with drum sticks and a plate with his foot, while rotating on its axis.

  • Fiestas 16



It was 1997 and the First Summit in Santiago Guachaca took shape under the defense of the buddy, the liver of cattle which was left out of the family basket of Chile eager to jaguar. "That decision was a real joke, that for generations after doctors recommended the buddy steak with garlic, donkey milk and fresh cheeses with honey to overeating." In addition, proponents of the claim Dioscorus guachaca-Rojas, Raul Porto and Andres Meneses said he was "outraged" because they were not invited to the Ibero-American Summit 1998.

Fray Andresito entrusted to prince and patron of beggars, friends undertook to get a space forGuachaca Summit, this is, amplification of sound, crest and meal. So they founded a festival which brings over a decade honoring the essence of Chile. Among the demands that have arisen Guachaca years counting the land recover Cachagua, spa elite with a couple of syllables becomes Guachaca changed. Another is to ask McDonald's to include among the real pebre combos mixing. And always, the defense closed the Bar La Piojera, Monument to national sentiment. In June 2001, Valparaiso was named Capital Guachaca of humanity and the celebration at the Teatro Mauri, which lasted two days, attracted 1,400 people. Because as they say Guachaca "in Valparaiso breathes a different air, there is a slower pace of life and quiet, there is still time to talk a drink, take a nap and stop in the street and greet acquaintances."

Guachaca: Type of popular Chilean popular, good for party, wine, conversation, guitar and romance.




St. Peter the Apostle is the patron saint of fishermen. Come to him seeking protection from the dangers of the sea and because the daily effort is rewarded with good fishing. In Chile, every June 29 marks the day of San Pedro, in devotional celebrations all along the coastline, but is in Valparaiso, where the festival reaches its peak.

During the morning, Portales Caletas, South America and El Membrillo are decorated with colorful flags and develop shows with music, crafts and popular foods, waiting for the main event. This part of the morning Mass led by Bishop of Valparaíso in the Chapel San Pedro - Smith 56, Playa Ancha - a short walk from Caleta El Membrillo. Then the image of the saint, the same day after day watching the fishermen in the cove, is carried by promeseros religious dances and colorful procession to the Muelle Prat. There is installed with great pomp and ceremony at St. Peter in a boat, sailing part of the bay. Leads to the follow-from hundreds of boats to tug boats, freighters ranging honking profusely decorated for the procession is unique in the sea. Everyone participates, from networking weavers church officials. All equally in the caravan which radiates popular religious sentiment.




Since 1997 it has Valparaiso Film Festival. Its north is the rescue of film heritage, the exhibition of restored films, exhibitions curatorial, special courses devoted to film schools or factories, homanejes national and foreign authors, presenting cult films and unpublished in Chile, retrospectives, thematic cycles, short and historical heritage - as the funeral of Neruda and Luis Emilio Recabarren or stroll through Playa Ancha in 1902 - and of course, the competition that rewards documentales.En the 2009 version stresses the Alexander Kluge retrospective, the restored versions of the Tales and Lotte Reiniger's Fables, the band recovered, restored so key pieces of German expressionism and the Jewels of the Film Archive will show The Horseman of the death of Pedro Sienna, Joris Ivens A Valparaiso and Valparaiso Aldo my love of France, among other pieces.

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  • Fiestas 08



On 18 September is National Independence in Chile. That day in 1810, established the First National Government. It was the first step. On 19 September they celebrate the Army Day, then 18 and 19 are holidays and holidays, a sort of mini vacation, starting in the spring. This is why, whether by patriotic inspiration, there is enthusiasm. Folk music takes the radio and heard in the streets, the Chilean flags are raised at all and is still home to some custom painting the walls and buy new clothes for the holidays. Those working away from their hometowns go to great lengths to go to "pass the 18" with his family. Inns and Ramadas rise in public spaces in towns and cities. They are lightweight constructions in wood, canvas, or as the name implies, branches, reviving ancient customs of popular celebration. Here whole families come to eat, drink and dance sounds different, but always the national dance: the cueca. Valparaiso does not escape the "wave dieciochera, adding its own identity. 17 Bonfire night is the Fisherman's Cove in the El Membrillo. It becomes a kind of vigil around the great fire that illuminates the esplanade rest of the boats. It sells all kinds of products - mainly fish - to the beat of popular music performed live by enthusiastic local groups. And that is Independence Day speech to speak Creole cuisine. The grilled meats, the kebabs - skewered pieces of meat on skewers and roasts - wine, beer and cole'mono - milk liquor, brandy, sugar and spices - are consumed in large quantities. And the more typical Chilean snack, empanadas stuffed with "pine" - the mapudungún Pinu: corned beef - reaches its annual sales pick for this date. Year after year, every hill sends one or more representatives to prepare, in the contest that rewards the best of all. The inns are installed in the Park Alejo Barrios de Playa Ancha, the largest plaza of the city. They are organized by private or long-standing institutions in the port, such as Santiago Wanderers Sports Club. There, the powerful sound of orchestras and groups cueca, the smell of meat on the grills, the cries of children in typical games and festive air to breathe on the promenade, at the tables and dance floors are the best proof that the most important by 18 September is "feeling very Chilean" and "fun".



The first weekend in October, the rhythm of the drum is heard throughout the city. It is the Festival of a Thousand Drums, party welcoming the arrival of spring. Was initiated by autonomous cultural centers and continues, as a celebration that represents the artistic choices of the city, open to everyone. There is theater, juggling, film showings, musical performances and dance. In Caleta Portales, Playa Ancha, Cerro San Juan de Dios and Ex Cultural Center Jail succeed body paint shops, traditional indigenous games and activities around the plastic. And the colorful street musicians on the streets of the plan, from Puerto Barrio Parque Italy, attended by thousands of people infected by the enthusiasm of spring. A meeting of mutual respect and self-management that crosses the entire city.

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October is common to find dance performances in squares and parks of Valparaiso. The crowd massed around, attracted by the scenic art as ephemeral, that appeals to the body and senses. It is the contemporary dance festival Danzalborde, born in Valparaiso in 2001, thanks to support from the National Fund for Culture and the Arts, Fondart. Chile calls and dancers around the world, filling the city landscape of movement and creation. It is also a meeting place for reflection, workshops, lectures and theatrical performances.

Danzalborde group is organized by the Contemporary Arts Escenalborde Buenos Aires and is part of the International Dance Festival in Urban Landscapes, which brings together 30 festivals in the whole world have had multiple Valparaiso prestigious foreign companies like the Japanese Hiroaki Umeda, the German Juschka Weigel, Erre que erre Catalonia, Kobalt Works of Belgium, Japan Makiko Tominaga and Mexican Quiatora Monorail. This year the festival will be held from 15 to 19 October and promises waves of bodies and kidnap choreography street to the city.

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  • Fiestas 05



Between Christmas and New Year, when summer begins and people prepare to celebrate the end of the year against the sea, is the time when theater and dance companies, artists, musicians, filmmakers, chefs, photographers and folklorists turn to the streets to show - for three full days - the best of their repertoire Valparaíso Cultural Carnival.

Since its inception in 2001, is mounting a big show in different parts of the city - Barrio Puerto, Baron Hill, Playa Ancha and the area of the coves in the Bordemar - although massive calls in public spaces are wider and most traditional. On the big stages of Plaza Sotomayor, Parque Italia and the Cultural Center Ex Jail go for hours, dozens of national and foreign artists. Hundreds of thousands of people gather around the stage or around the streets, awaiting the passage of the parade, who dressed in costumes of bright colors and fantastic shapes, representing a different theme each year. Is that the party is twinned with the rest of the world, paying homage to other city-port. Barcelona, Barranquilla, Buenos Aires, Ciudad de Panama, Salvador de Bahia and - in 2007 - Montevideo, the cities have been represented so far, the ideal excuse to make out carnival to the streets on cultural soul of the port.