Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Carnaval del Sur

The city of Puerto Varas might not be well known, but has been the epicenter of the entertaining art and culture in the South of Chile. The celebration of the Carnaval del Sur brings local heritage to family, children, and youth of the south of the Los Lagos Region. The Carnaval del Sur Foundation and Carnaval del Sur Cultural Group have implemented free workshops to develop talents in disciplines such as theater and dance.

Puerto Varas is situated at Lago Llanquihue with magnificent vistas of the lake and the volcanoes such as Osorno and Calbuco, which had erupted in 2015. I had been travelling around the lake and returned in the late afternoon to be able to look at the fiesta de color y alegría.

The writer Bernardita Hurtado Low of Palena, Regional Prize of Art and Culture 2017, did the storytelling of Patagonia "The animals of our forests". Teacher and children's composer Hilda Cristy de Osorno  performed "The Musical Juguera". Of course Carolina Cruz Correa, director of the Carnival of the South, participated during these two days of events. "Carnaval del Sur re-enchant the family with culture through masks and performing arts. We connect our local history with each of the children and youth who participate in this event. All activities are free and prepared with great care and dedication, " she told Cybertour.

Refreshing for me – a local activity, which wasn’t dominated by tourism. A fiesta for the local people. I had been the only tourist around.

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