Uruguay: home to legal weed, breathtaking beaches, and next month, the 2nd Annual International Festival of Colonia.
From November 13th to the 17th you can experience internationally-focused theater, music, and art against the stunning backdrop of Colonia del Sacramento, a UNESCO World Heritage Site (and visa run day trip destination). The beauty of this small town comes not only from its historic marinas, monuments, and architecture, but also from its vibrant residents and the art they create. The festival, started last year by Uruguayan-American pianist, Enrique Graf, promotes this vision of Colonia within the international community while also attracting artists from around the world to share their craft.
This year, a wide array of countries will be represented at the Festival, with invited artists coming from the United States, Argentina, Brazil, England, Mexico, Singapore, Taiwan, and Uruguay. A diverse range of artistic styles will also be represented at IFC, with live performances in classical music, jazz, tango, and folklore, as well as, theater, cinema and visual arts. The Philharmonic Orchestra of Montevideo will be giving a can’t-miss performance under the direction of Ligia Amadio. Other must see acts include the tango quintet La Mufa, the jazz singer Juan Nevani, and one of Argentina’s best folkloric groups, Trío Cruz del Sur. The events itinerary also includes three nights of cabaret, silent movies screened alongside live music, and a tribute to Amado Nervo, the iconic Mexican poet. For the full program schedule visit the International Festival of Colonia website.
The International Festival of Colonia is the perfect excuse to experience world-renowned arts and music while enjoying a change of pace from the hustle and bustle of Buenos Aires. With just a quick Buquebus ride across the Río de Plata, you could be leisurely walking along Colonia’s cobblestone streets toward a cultural event unlike any other. Buquebus is currently offering discounted packages including hotel, festival subscription, and travel from Buenos Aires on the company’s website. The Hotel and Tourism Chamber of Colonia is also offering four nights in hotels for the price of three (!) to full-festival subscribers. Festival tickets cost $U3,500, or approximately AR $5,500, for the eight shows at the Bastion of Carmen, the Stella Cinema and the AFE Cultural Center. Cabaret tickets are being sold for $U300, or AR $470. All tickets are available for sale on the festival website.
For more information visit www.FestivalColonia.org or go to [email protected]. For a look at last year’s highlights, watch the video below.