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Bolivia

HARMEN VAN DIJK: "In recent years there's been a renewed interest in traditional indigenous culture. This was particularly the case in 2006, the first year of the Morales government; the first ever indigenous president in the nation's history. Music, dancing and arts & crafts (for example weaving traditional clothing) play a role in regaining self-esteem and self-confidence for the group of poor Bolivians who were often oppressed in the past. This revival also inspires established artists. In practically all forms of contemporary art this renders interesting forms of fusion. For example, a symphony orchestra has started playing traditional indigenous songs. Another example is a performance about the various meanings of the word 'Indio', which in practice is usually used as a derogatory and discriminating term.

Plenty is happening in terms of culture, but the organization is usually not very professional. Similar to the situation in many other developing countries, art policy has a low priority and Bolivians largely depend on international donations. Another obstacle is the fact that Bolivia is a vast country with poor infrastructure. This means that communication and cooperation between cultural organizations in different cities in this country remain limited.

Dutch jazz musicians, theatre groups and visual artists regularly visit Bolivia, to share knowledge in workshops. A wonderful experience for everyone involved were the inspiring performances of jazz pianist Mike del Ferro with Bolivian artists. The performances were filmed professionally in order to raise funds for good causes in Bolivia and can now be watched on the internet."

Culture Budget250.000 euro (C&D Fund, LCF)   Since2004

Major projectsThe exhibition Dutch Dress Up | World Press Photo exhibition in La Paz, including local photography exhibitions | Restoration of an altar piece and conservation of pre-Columbian rock drawings | Workshops on visual arts for poor young blind Bolivians | Performances by jazz pianist Mike del Ferro with Bolivian artists

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