We can both practice sports and arts as well as admiring them as spectators. There is a network of sports infrastructure throughout the entire country. Football is the most popular [sport], tennis has produced world-class players, and the Dakar Rally is also held here, with participation by the distinguished world champion Carlo de Gavardo. Other sports, like golf, rugby, sports fishing, race cars, and polo attract the interest of more exclusive groups, while popular attention is centered on rodeo, horse races, boxing, cycling, and basketball.
Artistic expression is varied and of unique interest. Plastic arts, cinema, music and, in particular, literature are all expressions of the country’s soul and history, of its illusions, pains and joys.
The cultural agenda is a diverse one throughout the entire year. It mainly takes place in Santiago, with massive musical mega events and the visit of major international stars like Madonna, Kiss, Silvio Rodriguez, U2, Luciano Pavarotti, Roger Waters, or Joan Manuel Serrat. There are also fantasy shows like the Cirque du Soleil and concerts of popular and select music, presentations of classic, modern or folk dancing that take place both in the open air as well as in closed facilities. Jazz and folk music is cultivated in smaller and appropriate places. There are a number of jazz clubs and peñas, the latter made popular with the life and work of Violeta Parra, who founded the Peña de los Parra in the 1960s. They are gathering places to share folk music, poetry, dance and traditional cuisine.
Moments for rest and recreation can also be found in discotheques and pubs with techno, house, drum and bass and rock music, as well as in salsa halls that reveal the influence of the Cuban community in Chile, inviting you to dance and drink spirited mojitos. Dancing and sharing with young people is a simple and fun way to get to know a country and its people. That informality can be enjoyed over a beer, a pisco sour or a glass of wine.
At a different pace, Chile’s deepest traditions include the traditional celebrations that are held throughout the year and the territory, which offer you a good reason to celebrate and make entertaining trips. There are celebrations like the La Tirana in the north that transcend their religious origin and constitute an attractive opportunity to take a walk, go out to eat and to dance. There are also productive sectors that express themselves through local celebrations, such as the wine harvest celebrations, which include popular entertainment and songs.
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