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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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Third International Percussion Festival in Barlovento, Venezuela

The festival celebrations began on August 27th (teleSUR/Rachael Boothroyd)

More than 350 percussionists from Chile, Colombia, Peru, South Africa and several states of Venezuela took part in the third  International Percussion Festival of Barlovento 2014 (FIPBAR).

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Cultural Ministers of Celac Countries Meet in Caracas

The Celac cultural summit in Caracas, on August 21st. (Minci: JR)

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. 

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The Parranda de San Pedro

(Manaure Quintero/CDO)

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.

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Venezuelan Culture on Display at Tourism Fair

Local art featured prominently at this year's Fitven (Ryan Mallett-Outtrim/Venezuelanalysis).

Dancing devils, gourmet chocolate, shaman rituals and a plethora of local art were just a few treats on display for visitors to Venezuela's eighth annual tourism fair.

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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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Venezuela's New Culture Law Promotes “Decolonisation Thought”

The new culture fund will be used to promote indigenous heritage, along with other aspects of Venezuelan culture (Ryan Mallett-O

After seven years of planning and public consultation, Venezuela's National Assembly (AN) has passed a new law aimed to promote Venezuelan culture.

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Alternative Education Can Eliminate Corruption

Myriam Anzola (in blue) with the recent alternative pedagogy graduates (Leandro Irion)

Participatory education based on empowering students through their active involvement in their community is an essential tool for fighting corruption in the long term.


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What the corporate media won’t show you about Venezuela

Children running back to school in the small mountain town of Los Nevados, Merida state (Tamara Pearson /

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

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