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Venezuela Reopens World’s Highest Cable Car

Merida's cable car has been closed since 2008. (Prensa Mintur)
Venezuela officially reopened the Merida cable car Thursday, after years of anticipation.

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Venezuela Celebrates Rio Athletes’ Homecoming

A throng of supporters gathers to great Venezuela’s Olympic team outside of the Maiquetia International Airport. (AVN)

President Nicolas Maduro also approved a 50% increase in the value of scholarships for Venezuela’s most promising sportspeople after the country won three medals at the 2016 Olympics.

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Venezuela Communications Agency: Media Must Stamp Out LGBTQ Stereotypes

The second working meeting held between CONATEL and LGBTQ spokespeople (CONATEL).

CONATEL has called on the Venezuelan media to stop using discriminatory representations of the LGBTQ community.

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Venezuelans Commemorate International Africa Week

Vice-Minister for Gender Equality and Anti-Discrimination Nirva Camacho speaks with media (Jeanette Charles/Venezuela Analysis).

The South American nation honored its African ancestry with a variety of political and cultural events last week.


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Venezuela Granted Cultural Heritage Award by UNESCO

The white fibres of the curagua plant are traditionally used by the indigenous peoples of Monagas to weave hammocks (CorreodelOr

Venezuela’s indigenous curagua weaving tradition has been declared an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by the United Nations Education, Science, and Culture Organization (UNESCO), which also recognized the Bolivarian Constitution for its commitment to enshrining the sovereign rights of the country’s indigenous peoples.

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"March of the Red Carnations" Commemorates Living Legacy of Ali Primera 30 Years After His Death

The March of the Red Carnations began in Paraguana 30 years ago at the burial of Ali Primera (VTV)

Thousands took part in the March of the Red Carnations this Sunday in commemoration of the 30th anniversary of the death of legendary Venezuelan folksinger and revolutionary icon, Ali Primera, known as "the People's Singer." 

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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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