Category Archives: Colombia

Discover Wonders of COLOMBIA at the Smithsonian Folklore Festival. June 2011 news


Highlight to Bogota, Colombia’s Capital City

June 14, 2011 (Miami) – As the featured destination at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington DC (June 30 – July 4; July 7 – 11, 2011) Colombia will be offering festival goers a chance to vibrate with the energy of the destination’s most celebrated cities. Kicking off the countdown to the festival, we invite you to get a glimpse of passionate Bogota, Colombia’s capital city.

Colombians are in love with the dynamism and cultural movements of their cities. Always in tune with international trends, Colombian cities are constantly offering large numbers of activities, festivals and exhibits. Deemed as the “City with a Heart,” Bogota is a passionate city that diligently preserves its great cultural and historical wealth while drawing visitors from all over the globe.

According to Maria Claudia Lacouture, President of Proexport, “Most international tourists traveling to Colombia and Bogota are from the United States. The Colombian capital and its surroundings offer travelers a great number of attractions, such as the Salt Cathedral and the Gold Museum, as well as an extraordinary gastronomic selection. In the past decade, Bogota has transformed into one of the cities in Latin America with the biggest growth and dynamicity.” 

Founded in 1538, modern and classical structures intertwine the frenzy of the city with the natural scenery in the background. Not to be missed attractions include: the La Candelaria district where narrow, colorful streets are lined by churches, colonial mansions and republican buildings, while taking visitors back to the republican era; The Gold Museum houses the largest collection of pre-Colombian gold work in the world; and perhaps the most celebrated is the hidden treasure in nearby Zipaquira, The Zipaquira Salt Cathedral, home to one of the world’s largest salt deposits.

“Colombia is a country full of promise with modern and vibrant cities that reinterpret traditional regional cultures to create new ones. We invite you to discover and enjoy Colombia’s metropolitan cultures this summer in the heart of Washington DC,” stated the Ambassador of Colombia to the United States, Gabriel Silva.

For nearly two weeks, the Smithsonian Folklife Festival will be held outdoors on Washington’s National Mall. In addition to the culture of Colombia, other featured exhibitions include the Peace Corps and Rhythm & Blues. Colombia: The Nature of Culture program will highlight the bio-cultural diversity of the country and explore how cultural expressions are connected to their environments.

THE MIGHTY ARROW, Soca King of the World, dies at 60.

The Mighty Arrow, Soca King of the World, dies at 60.

OLVESTON, Montserrat (Sept 15, 2010) – The Soca King of the World, Alphonsus “The Mighty Arrow” Cassell, died at his residence on the tiny Caribbean island of Montserrat today at the age of 60. 

The international recording artiste was diagnosed with cerebral cancer in early 2009. He was airlifted to the neighbouring island of Antigua last week for treatment. 

His family wishes to thank the medical teams, friends and family who gave their support during the period of his illness. 

Arrow or “Phonzie”, as he was referred to by close friends and family, is responsible for taking the soca genre to the international music scene with his 1982 smash hit, Hot, Hot, Hot. 

Having won the local calypso competition on four occasions, the talents of the proud son of Montserrat were spotted by former Beatles manager, Sir George Martin, who  worked with Arrow to turn his focus to his recording and touring career. 
Arrow recorded no less than 22 studio albums with other notable hits including Long Time, Dancing Mood, O’La Soca and Groove Master. 
He has performed at concerts, music festivals and gala events across the globe. 
“His death is a great loss to the family, his native land of Montserrat and the music world,” said his brother, Justin “Hero” Cassell, another talented vocalist and songwriter, who worked with Arrow during his peak years. 
Funeral announcements will be made in due course.  
—For further information contact Justin “Hero” Cassell at (664) 496-0203. 

February 25th to March 5th Cartagena de Indias -International Film festival

Cartagena de Indias – International Film Festival

It is America’s oldest festival, the most important film event that the country hosts and the most prominent cultural event in the city of Cartagena. Likewise, it is developed in an extraordinary setting that contributes to the development of Latin American cinema.

“Our ultimate goal is nothing
but achieving integration
of Latin American cinema. It’s
simple, and thus unreasonable. ”
Gabriel García Márquez

The International Film Festival of Cartagena makes a sample of Colombian and Latin American cinema with the ultimate goal of strengthening the national and Latin American film industry and promotes awareness, diversity and national cultural identity. The festival audiovisual displays include: feature films and international films and videos with the specific objective of promoting and developing the film industry and to enable these important demonstrations of film production to be broadcasted as a contribution to the brotherhood between peoples and the recognition of cultural and audiovisual diversity. Also within the framework of the Festival, the Board and its Director looking to highlight the effort, quality and talent of the national television productions created the TV contest COLOMBIANA – TELEVISION AWARDS INDIA CATALINA, designed to reward the India Catalina statuette for outstanding achievements in domestic production.
The festival will take place from February 25th to March 5th and will present different films from different countries such as:
Verónica, Director: Mauricio Farias
Chega de saudade, Director: Laís Bodanzky
Amorosa Soledad, Director: Martin Carranza y Victoria Galardi
Acné, Director: Federico Veiroj
Una Semana Solos, Director: Celina Murga

El arriero, Director: Guillermo Calle

For more information please contact: April Beauchamp-               (416) 341-2474         (416) 341-2474 ( ext 268)