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Bellastock Chile: camp inside a bottle city in the mountains

High up in the Andean foothills, help build an ephemeral city from thousands bottles — while rocking out to live music from a dozen of the country’s hottest bands.

Thursday, December 19, 2013  
Live music will be a permanent fixture at the ephemeral bottle city set to spring up in the Chilean Live music will be a permanent fixture at the ephemeral bottle city set to spring up in the Chilean Andes this weekend. Photo via Bellastock Chile / Facebook.



Famed architecture and sustainability festival Bellastock comes to Chile for the first time this weekend — and it promises to produce a spectacle like no other.

From Dec. 21-22, architects, musicians, kids, teens and green thinkers alike will gather at Parque de Montaña Farellones 40 km east of the capital to construct an “ephemeral city” from thousands of bottles and recycled waste, with musical motivation provided by some of the country’s favorite contemporary artists.

Bellastock Chile 2013 is the country’s first incarnation of the non-profit environmental architecture festival held annually in over ten nations across the world. Dreamt up seven years ago by a collective of French architects, the festival seeks to promote innovation within the construction industry while promoting green practices and showing people how to turn trash into treasure.

The main construction material at this year’s event will be plastic bottles, encouraging festival goers to reuse and recycle their individual contribution of the some 86 million containers used annually countrywide. Construction will be coordinated by students from several universities, explains Nicole L’Huiller, who brought the festival to Chile.

“Last year we began planning to take the festival to Chile for the first time, all the while communicating with the mother base festival in France,” L’Huiller told Cosecha Nacional. “Students from different universities and courses who have begun to explore how to use the bottle as a building material have been enrolled in the activity. The team will build the city, lead two workshops and give a series of talks.”

The event takes place over two days, from 12 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. — on Saturday only over-18s are invited, while children are welcome on Sunday — and hundreds of festival goers will have the opportunity to camp onsite under the stars on Saturday night.

Art installations and live music from the likes of Dënver, The Ganjas, Prehistöricos and many more will entertain throughout — click here for the full set list — while food stalls and facilities will be available on both days.

Tickets are available here — one day entry costs CLP 3,000, while two day tickets plus camping are CLP 7,000. Tickets are only available online, there is no entry at the gate, and applications for transportation to the event will be enabled on the website shortly. Driving to Parque de Montaña Farellones takes about an hour from Santiago, directions can be found here.

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