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.
It used to only admit children aged at least 5. But under its latest "New Members" projects, hundreds of smaller infants can receive voice lessons, musical initiation with paper-made instruments, and free concerts, at its base in Caracas.
The Philosophical Summit of the Poor held its fourth gathering in Caracas on Friday, October 3rd. Hundreds of people participated in open discussions about a range of issues exploring the culture and politics of the poor, and came to view the exhibit of paintings that had been birthed through collective creation and discussion.
Tuesday evening after presenting at the United Nations Summit on Climate Change, Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro seized the opportunity to visit community leaders, local activists and grassroots groups in an event hosted by Hostos Community College of the South Bronx, in New York City.
Around 1,000 people attended the event, which was organized by Citgo, and many arrived early to wait outside for good seats and to hold signs welcoming Maduro as “president of the people.”
On Friday, September 12, Venezuela's First International Film festival commenced in Caracas. The film festival features over 100 movies that are being screened in theaters, and cultural spaces throughout Caracas. The films are produced by directors, animators, and documentarians from across Latin America.