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Víctor Jara’s dream is still alive

A new edition of the El Sueño Existe festival will take place between 28 and 30 July 2017 in Wales. With the theme dedicated to Ecuador, this version will bring back a series of Latin artists to keep the flame of the Chilean singer-songwriter alive.


victor Jara el sueño existeThe music and complete works of Victor Jara continues to inspire entire generations throughout the world, even after his terrible death at the hands of the Pinochet dictatorship a few days before the September 1973 coup.

Like a flame that refuses to be extinguished, his legacy persists and so it will be demonstrated in Dyfi Valley, in Mid Wales, in a new edition of the El Sueño Existe festival.

On this occasion, the inspiration for the festival that mixes music, dance, politics, poetry and theatre will come from Ecuador, a country where the victory of presidential candidate Lenin Moreno in April 2017 breathed new life into the South American progressive currents.

Described by Chilean academic and activist Francisco Domínguez as “one of the most beautiful gestures of commitment to the struggles, in the depths of the wonderful Wales”, this year the festival will have a number of bands which are already confirmed.

One of the bands is Quimantú, a group of Chilean musicians who, together with the composer Mauricio Venegas-Astorga, have collaborated with several musicians of the most diverse styles. Laura Venegas-Rojas will be hosting the event.

ECCO (Ethnic Contemporary Classical Orchestra), a band made up of children living in London, will also take to the stage. A group of thirty children and their families will introduce themselves at the festival, coming from places as diverse as the Philippines, Iraq, Bulgaria, Sri Lanka and England.

Described as classics,victor jara quimantu by Harriet Armstrong folk and cinematic, Society of Imaginary Friends is another of the acts confirmed alongside Quijada, a group of Afro-Cuban musicians with music in both English and Spanish.

The festival will screen the Chilean film “Neruda”, which narrates a moment in the life of the Chilean poet. There will also be a masks workshop and performances from groups that mix music, dance and theatre in different combinations.

During the weekend of the festival a series of political workshops will be held. Among the confirmed speakers are Francisco Dominguez, Wendy Emmet, Fidel Narváez, Guisell Morales, Chris Williamson, Laura Knopp, Cherilyn Elston, Shaun Dey, Pablo Navarrete, Nicola Peel, Ben Gregory, Bethan Ruth and Maia Jones.

Date: 28-30 July 2017. Location: Machynlleth, Dyfi Valley, en Mid Wales. For more information: here

Photos: Poster and Harriet Armstrong  –  (Translated by Shanika Whight)

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