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Upcoming arts and film festivals in Chilean Patagonia
Festival de Artes Cielos Infinitos and Banff Mountain Film Festival coming up in various locations across Chile’s southernmost territories.
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Festival de Artes Cielos del Infinito starts today in Chilean Patagonia.
Theater, dance, music, film, visual arts, and street performances unite for the next two weeks in different cities across Chilean Patagonia as part of the region’ Festival de Artes Cielos del Infinito (Art Festival of the Infinite Skies). Celebrating its sixth annual event, Cielos del Infinito is both the largest art festival in Patagonia and the southernmost art festival in the world.
Cielos del Infinito rounds up an array of artistic productions, photography, film competitions, and a host of workshops, all with the goal of decentralizing Chile’s cultural life and bringing that vibrancy to the Andean nation’s southernmost extremities.
“It’s mission. . . is to broaden horizons and expectations by way of artistic activities and workshops, and to democratize the access to culture,” the festival said in a statement.
The festival will run alongside a series of workshops offered by professionals covering diverse activities such as acting, illustration, documentary film, fiction and creative writing, hardware hacking, vocal training, and break dancing. Screenwriter Nona Fernández, illustrator Tomás Ivas, and a musician from the band JuanaFé will host workshops.
International theater groups from France, Denmark, and Spain, along with Chilean groups will also perform during the festival.
Today and tomorrow the festival will be in Puerto Williams, from January 24-27 in Puerto Natales, January 27 and 28 in Porvenir, and from January 24 – Feb. 3 in Punta Arenas. For more information and a complete agenda of events, visit their website.
Banff Mountain Film Festival, Puerto Natales
Also coming up in Patagonia is the last Chilean showing of the Banff Mountain Film Festival (BMFF) this February 15 and 16 in Puerto Natales. The selection of films feature the most extreme adventure films on the globe with rock climbers, skiers, kayakers, and many more.
This adventure film festival began in the Canadian mountain town of Banff and dates back to 1976. Ten years later, the festival launched its world tour that now begins annually after the November Banff festival in Canada. BMFF’s international circuit includes more than 600 screenings worldwide, and reaches 245,000 people in 32 different countries. For more information, check out their website here.