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Venezuela's First Festival of Penitentiary Theater Draws Crowds in Caracas

The theater group from the Penitentiary Community of Coro performed "The King of the Dumpster" at the National Theater

The first Festival of Penitentiary Theater, organized under the Ministry of Penitentiary Services (MPPSP), kicked off in Caracas last Thursday, November 13 and will continue through Sunday, November 23. Roughly 160 incarcerated people from 13 prison theater groups are performing in theaters throughout the Capital District.

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Simon Bolivar’s “Letter from Jamaica” Uncovered in Ecuador, Venezuela’s Maduro Says

One paragraph of the original document was never translated in the English version. (Photo: Sibci)

The original “Letter from Jamaica,” written by independence leader Simon Bolivar in 1815, has been discovered in Ecuador, announced Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Tuesday.

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Venezuela Expanding Music Program for Expecting Mothers

El Sistema, the country's classical music program, is reaching out to babies to lure them into the world of music and stay

Venezuela is using its renown classical music program to help fetal development among expecting mothers as part of a new hospital project, according to media reports on Tuesday.

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Philosophical Summit of the Poor Draws Hundreds of Participants in Caracas, Venezuela

People discussing and debating at the philosophical summit of the poor in Caracas (Cory Fischer-Hoffman, Venezuelanalysis)

The Philosophical Summit of the Poor held its fourth gathering in Caracas on Friday.  Hundreds of people participated in open discussions about a range of issues exploring the culture and politics of the poor.

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Fired Political Cartoonist Claims Censorship in Venezuela, Colleagues Weigh In

Rayma Suprani at the Cannes Film Festival in France, 2014. (El Universal)

Political Cartoonist Rayma Suprani, long renowned for drawing scathing critiques of the Venezuelan government and its supporters, was fired last month from Venezuela's largest daily newspaper and leading anti-government news source, El Universal. 

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First International Film Festival in Caracas Projects Latin American Visions

A mural was created to draw attention to the festival (FestCineCCS)

On Friday, September 12, Venezuela's First International Film festival commenced in Caracas. The festival features over 100 films from across Latin America, 89 of which have been entered into a competition whose winner will be selected by popular vote at the end of this week.

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Venezuelan Artists and Entertainers to Benefit from New Protective Law

Roberto Messuti on VTV on September 9th, 2014 (archive)

The Venezuelan parliament has ratified a law that enables national artists to access social security benefits.

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Sacred Stone of Venezuelan Indigenous to Return After 15 Years in German Exhibit

The Kueka stone on exhibit in Tiergarten park, Berlin.

Earlier this month Venezuela's attorney general, Luisa Ortega Diaz, announced that proceedings were underway to secure the return of the sacred Kueka Stone, removed from Pemon indigenous land in 1998 to be part of a park installation in Berlin’s Tiergarten Park, in Germany.

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Venezuela’s “El Sistema” Youth Orchestra System Expands to Public Institutions

Nicolas Maduro was present at the inauguration of the new centre (agencies)

Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro inaugurated a new children’s music centre in the headquarters of the electricity ministry on Thursday as part of plans to greatly increase the number of children receiving free classical music education in the country.

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Venezuela's Caracas Theater Festival Surpasses Expectations

With more than 649 shows, 152 groupings, and 26 public theatres, the III Caracas Festival of Theater took over the capital this

With more than 649 shows, 152 groupings, and 26 public theatres, the III Caracas Festival of Theater took over the capital this week in a genuine expression of popular culture that surpassed all expectations.

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Venezuela’s Maduro Laments Death of Leftist Colombian Writer Gabriel García Marquez

Nicolas Maduro (Archive)

Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro has lamented the death of Colombian author and Nobel-prize winner Gabriel Garcia Marquez, who passed away yesterday at 87 years of age.

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Spanish – Venezuelan Production Wins Best Ibero-American Film at Goya Awards

“This is the first Goya for Venezuela!” explained the film’s Venezuelan director Miguel Ferrari (centre) in his acceptance

The film Blue and Not So Pink (Azul y No Tan Rosa) has become the first Venezuelan film to win a Goya at the Spanish Academy of Art’s prestigious annual Goya awards ceremony. 

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Various Countries Participate in ‘Chavez Was Here’ Campaign

One month before the first anniversary of Hugo Chavez’s death, countries such as Bolivia, Cuba, Argentina, and Russia are participating in a global campaign to pay homage to him and his political achievements.

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Robotics Classroom Program Promotes Venezuelan Children’s Technological Talent

One of the robots (VTV)

Thanks to the Creative Classrooms Program called I like Robotics, that the Venezuelan government is promoting, children between the ages of eight and twelve years are involved in the technological advances of the country, with the building of robots.

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Theatre Program Launched in Venezuelan Schools to Create “Culture of Peace”

Maduro at the Teresa Carreno Theatre in Caracas launching the Children’s and Youth Theatre Movement yesterday (Prensa Presiden

Yesterday the school program titled the “Cesar Rengifo” Children’s and Youth Theatre Movement was kicked off, as students returned to class for the new school year.

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