Venezuela’s grassroots are rallying around a new self-managed campaign, which relies on graphic design and social media participation to highlight the enduring vitality of the Bolivarian process as a struggle to build power from below in the leadup to December parliamentary elections.
Organized by the Ministry of Culture, the Venezuelan Festival of International Music (FIMVEN) opened in Caracas from October 7th to 11th, featuring eighteen major national and international performances, as well as venues for a further 900 national artists with the aim of visibilizing up and coming talent.
“They said we couldn’t do it, that it was men’s work,” says Daneysa. But their motive is a strong one; to create housing for everyone. A few miles from the Bicentennial City, they organized and proposed a project called “Heroines of the Homeland” which will provide homes for 680 women and their families.
On January 21st, Plaza Bolivar was full of chavistas who cheered as President Maduro walked towards the National Assembly building to give his annual national address to the legislature. Supporters did creative street actions, theater pieces, and showed their force in support of the President.
The highly anticipated festival saw 138 different musical acts from around the world perform at a series of different public spaces across Venezuela's capital, including public squares and newly refurbished public theatres. Big names such as Cultura Profetica and Cafe Tacuba played in the diverse program which began on November 28th and ended December 6th.
In mid-November, Venezuela celebrated its first annual dance festival in Caracas. The event, organized by the National Dance Center and the Ministry of Culture, and entitled Venezuela Moves, brought together national choreographers and dance companies ranging from modern, folkloric, ballet, and African dance.