Chile’s Valparaíso to host international festival of ideas

The port city will once again host the ‘Puerto de Ideas’ festival, exploring the creation of culture through a combination of the arts, humanities and sciences. 

For the second year in a row, the city of Valparaíso will play host to an unprecedented cultural initiative in Latin America, as the Puerto de Ideas (“Port of Ideas”) festival returns to one of Chile’s artistic and cultural hubs.
Running from November 9-11, the festival will draw icons from the world of the arts, letters and sciences to take part in a discussion on culture and creativity in the port city.
In 2012, Puerto de Ideas will invite the general public to a variety of exhibits, including interviews and discussions, as well as musical and artistic demonstrations. People from all over Chile, and of all ages are expected to attend this year’s festival, which promises something for everyone.
Attractions will include presentations by various internationally recognized figures from humanities and the arts. Among those confirmed are: Spanish writer Almudena Grandes,  Franco-Bulgarian philosopher Tzvetan Todorov and Argentine-Canadian author Alberto Manguel.
Buoyed by the overwhelming success of last year’s inaugural event, which drew crowds of more than 8,000, organizers anticipate an even greater number of attendees in 2012 and look forward to providing their audience with a unique and novel approach to the creation of culture.
The festival will be held in the historic heart of the port city: the former prison turned arts center, Parque Cultural de Valparaíso, that sits atop Cerro Cárcel, or Jail Hill, and commands a sweeping view of Valparaíso’s iconic hills and the Pacific ocean.
Other areas of Valparaíso where the festival will take place include the spectacular terrace of the Museo Lord Cochrane – the oldest house in the city and one time home of the dashing Scottish naval hero – and the Museo Marítimo Nacional, Chile’s maritime museum, on Cerro Artillería, as well as in the atrium of the Iglesia La Matriz church in the neighborhood of Barrio Puerto.
Each activity will cost US$3.14 (CLP1,500) and tickets can be purchased online at Ticketpro’s official website.
For more information, see the event website (in Spanish).