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Candileja…the backdrop for children

A workshop to teach Columbian children about theatre and more. It starts 1st October and goes on for 5 weeks.

Ramón Lafée

There is nothing more encouraging than becoming attached to a country’s traditions, especially when you don’t live there.

These customs can go unnoticed for the new generations born in this country.

For this reason, thinking about how to unite culture and tradition, the Consulate General of Columbia has created a workshop of theatre and visual arts for children called “Candileja”.

Under the guidance of specialized staff, the 5-week workshop is a combination of cultural activities such as contemporary dance, music and visual arts that seek to awaken in the children a love of their culture.

The main appeal of these activities is that the majority of them will focus on the most cherished of Columbian folklore and traditions, such as, “El Hombre Caimán”, “La Candileja”, “La Madre Monte”, “La Llorona” etc. This initiative (that counts on benefits from the logistic support of LAYE entertainment) is perfect for uniting Columbian culture and tradition on stage for the children’s learning.

Past experiences had with this type of program have shown that the response of the children to this cultural stimulation is excellent, as well as encouraging in them much curiosity for their countries’ oral traditions and folklore, perhaps forgotten through complete immersion in television or video games.

At the close of the workshop, on Sunday 29th October, there will be a “Carnavalito” that will travel through the streets in front of the Tate Modern gallery on South Bank.

This final activity coincides with the Children’s Festival in Columbia and will mean that the children share with their parents a colourful, festive atmosphere, also as well as being the moment when the workshop teachers will present their final piece.

For enrollment, send an email to: teatroconsuladocolombia@yahoo.co.uk, with the names of the child and the responsible adult, age and contact number.

The requirements are very simple: that they are between 5 and 13 years old, that they are Columbian and/or are children of a Columbian mother or father.

Dates: Saturdays: 1st, 8th, 15th and 22nd October. Closing carnival: Saturday 29th October.

Timetable: 2:00 – 4:30pm. Location: Tate Modern, Bankside, London SE1 9TG

(Translated by Eleanor Gooch – Email: email: eleanor.gooch@googlemail.com)

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