“Liberate public space for street art!” That’s the motto of the 4th annual Invasión Callejera street art festival, which will take place in the coastal city of Valparaíso December 26 through 29, 2012. This year’s festival will feature 30 shows on 16 stages scattered throughout the city, two nights of a special variety show, training workshops, forums, exhibitions, and more.
This free festival fills Valparaíso with an explosion of music, circus, theater, clowning, dancing, and juggling every December. Invasión Callejera’s audience has grown steadily, with this year’s edition expected to exceed 25,000 attendees.
Street art performers from around the world appy to perform at Invasión Callejera. The 2012 festival received 73 applications from 10 countries, and 20 were selected. The festival is the largest of its kind in Chile and is shaping up to be one of the most important in South America. Street performance is a special art form because of its direct interaction with the viewer and unique use of public spaces.
Invasión Callejera was created in 2009 by Rodolfo Meneses, whose character “Tuga” has become Chile’s most celebrated mime, and is especially loved in Valparaiso. Meneses teamed up with other Valparaíso street artists to launch the first Invasión Callejera, and together they have put on three successful festivals.
According to Meneses, Invasión Callejera is a special way to share the art form’s best talent from around the world with the Valparaiso community.
“The event has always functioned as entertainment on a world-class level, presented free to the people of Valparaiso. Some of the works that will be presented in December will also be shown in Europe and other parts of the world – in this regard we feel privileged,” he told El Martutino.
In the coming weeks, Invasión Callejera will release its final schedule of performances, workshops, symposia, and special surprises. You can find more information on the festival’s website.