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.
Last Thursday, the second annual meeting of the cultural ministers of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (Celac) was held in Caracas. 33 member states met to discuss their objective of fomenting cultural activity as a medium for social development.
This week the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) added the Parranda de San Pedro to the Representative List of the Intangible Heritage of Humanity. The Parranda de San Pedro is a traditional festival celebrated in the towns of Guarenas and Guatire in Miranda state on the Feast Day of San Pedro.
While the corporate media here and overseas bangs on about Venezuela’s so called “crisis”, beautiful things are actually going down here and being boycotted by the media. This small collection of photos from the last week or so, from Merida and the rest of the country, is to illustrate that Venezuela, though experiencing some problems, attacks, and challenges, is far from a train wreck, and is actually a festival of creativity and organisation