The 22nd version of the Santiago a Mil International Festival will take place between January 3rd and 18th, 2015 and will offer dance, theater, art, and music from 24 different countries, which will stage 91 shows in 21 different concert halls and theater rooms across the capital. The Centro Cultural Gabriela Mistral will function as the main headquarters for the festival, while other shows will take place in other cities of the country.
The districts of Quilicura, Melipilla, La Granja, Peñalolén and Santiago in the Metropolitan Region will host at least 3 free shows each. Also, certain unusual places like the Patronato neighborhood and the Cousiño Palace will also function as venues for some shows.
Just like in 2014, the Valparaíso, Libertador Bernardo O’Higgins and Bio Bío regions will also participate in the event; while Tarapacá and Antofagasta ones will make their debut next year. These northern regions will host 5 free shows coming from countries like China, Spain, India, and Peru, which will be performed in the cities of Iquique, Alto Hospicio, Antofagasta, San Pedro de Atacama and Mejillones.
The shows that are part of the event come from different parts of the world and they adjust to all budgets. Out of all the shows, 12 will perform for free in Santiago. For example, the exhibition Quino por Mafalda at Centro Cultural Gabriela Mistral, the show Pedaleando hacia el cielo (Pedaling to the sky), in which aerial acrobats use the city as their backdrop, and Butterfly Girls Band, a group of artist from China that participate in the Zhejiang Singing and Dancing Theater. They interpret traditional music known as Silk and Bamboo Music.
In the national scene, the plays María Teresa and Danilo, directed by Sofía García, Infantes, by Gabriela Arroyo, and Silabario by Bosco Cayo stand out. They were selected from more than 100 plays that applied to be part of the festival. Besides being performed in Santiago, these plays will also be presented in the capitals of the different regions that participate in Santiago a Mil. Also, some of the international shows that stand out are Nu Su: The Secret Songs of Women by Chinese composer and director Tan Dun, Ohne Titel nr.1 (or Untitled nr. 1), a silent opera by the German Herbert Fritsch, a contemporary take on The Iliad, directed by Stathis Livathinos, and Cinderella, in a contemporary version directed by the French Joël Pommerat.
For more information on the program of the festival, and on where to buy the tickets and other promotions, visit the official website of Santiago a Mil.
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