During March, Parque Cultural de Valparaíso along with Prodemu, Sernameg, CNCA (The National Council for Culture and the Arts) and some other artistic companies of the area will be carrying out theatrical plays, dances, discussion groups, and many other activities focused on the genre to commemorate International Women’s Day.
According to Jorge Coulon, Cultural Park Director, this is an instance to recognize women’s contribution: “similar to Violeta Parra and Gabriela Mistral, Eloísa Díaz was the first female doctor in Chile and South America, Cristina Calderón was the last woman who spoke the native language “Yagán”, and the great Elena Caffarena, who was the role model of feminist leaders and participated in Mench, to name just a few. These women, who live in anonymity and work hard, make an effort and get ahead. This recognition is for them”.
March 8th is the peak point of celebration. The day starts at 10 a.m. with rounded tables and open meetings to the citizens with different social organizations, gastronomic samples from migrant and native people, theatrical plays, entrepreneurial fairs and the exhibition of documentaries about Gloria Lazo and Violeta Parra.
Natalia Contesse’s voice, singer-songwriter and researcher of the Traditional Chilean Culture, will fill all the spaces of the stage with her one-of-a-kind creations that remind us to Violeta Parra and Margot Loyola’s folklore. Stylized arrangements, tunes, cuecas, tenths, and proverbs will be shown as of 18 hours.
The female theme is still on March’s billboard with works such as: “Memorias de Mujer”, “Isla en el Paraíso”, “Mortajas”, “La Casa de Bernarda Alba” and the presentation of “Cuerpo/Objeto”, as a result of an investigation about corporal imaginary. As part of inclusive movies, “Cachimba” by Silvio Caiozzi, will have descriptive subtitles, audio description, and sign language. Saturday, March 18th at 5 p.m. Sala Proyección, and free entry.