For years, the Lastarria neighborhood has been acknowledged as the primary cultural and gastronomical center of Santiago. Nevertheless, new cultural circuits have taken precedence in the city, one of them centered around the neighborhood known as the “Barrio Italia”.
The initiative of the Colectivo Patrimonio Sonoro (Musical Heritage Collective) compiles the history of 15 families that carry in their blood the tradition of the barrel organ, bass drum and chinchín (a type of rattle).
Patronato is a neigborhood located in Recoleta district. Between Bellavista, Domínica, Loreto and Recoleta streets, Patronato brings together colors and flavors from faraway lands. Upon the arrival of Arab immigrants in late 19th century, Korean, Chinese, Indian and Palestinian communities joined. Here is a tour through the faces, product and stories that make of Patronato one of the most multicultural barrios in the city.