Chile kicks off Bicentennial month with sports and culture

These are just five of the dozens of events, both government sponsored and otherwise, taking place this week to start bicentennial month around Chile.


August 31: Chilevisión, one of Chile’s most popular public channels, premiers a miniseries titled “Cartas de Mujer” retelling central moments in Chile’s history from the perspectives of fictional women in various strata of Chilean society. The first installment premieres at 10:30pm on Chilevisión.

September 1: At 8pm Santiago’s Plaza de la Constitución will become an enormous open-air stage for a free performance of La Pérgola de las Flores starring some of Chile’s most famous actors. Written in 1958, La Pérgola… is the most famous and enduringly popular work in the Chilean theater, telling the story of mass migration from the Chilean countryside into Santiago in the first part of the 20th century. Using colloquial musical forms ranging from the Charleston to the Cueca, La Pérgola… is an enduring portrait of Chilean youth in a time of rapid change. During the course of the month, the production will travel through several Chilean cities including Calama, Antofagasta, La Serena and Los Angeles.

September 2: At 8pm at Temuco’s Municipal Theater the venerable Ballet Folclórico de Temuco will celebrate the folk dances of the five Latin American nations celebrating their bicentennials this year. For more information, call the box office of the Teatro Municipal de Temuco at 045-973470.

September 4: Since June 24, nearly every major city and town in Chile has hosted a 10km bicycle race, open to the public, in honor of the nation’s Bicentennial. In this first week of September, the last handful of cicletadas will roll into the Central Valley, with races scheduled in Santiago, Talca and Rancagua on September 4th at 8am. Check the official website of Fiesta Deportiva for the announcement of starting locations.

September 5: Beginning at 11am, the Fiesta Chile + Cultura will transform central Santiago’s neighborhoods of Lastarria and Bellas Artes into a hub for performances and demonstrations of traditional Chilean folk arts. Traditional music, dance, painting and crafts from across the country will be on offer, demonstrating the rich and diverse cultural life of greater Chile.