Culture

Living amongst mountains

24 Apr, 2019 | Renata Lazcano Silva

Illimani - Photo: Gonzalo Laserna  The gifts and challenges of the city in the sky‘Lindas montañas te vieron nacer, el Illimani tu cuna meció, y la kantuta su alma te dio, collita tenías que...

The Heartbeat of the city

24 Apr, 2019 | Alexis King

Photo Essay by Alexis King  Concrete pitch in Alto Tacagua. Perched precariously on a hill well-above the city of La Paz, this pitch has breathtaking views. The chances of recovering a lost...

Crazy Carnaval Days and Nights

25 Mar, 2019 | Elin Donnelly

Photo: Sergio Saavedra Patiño Oruro’s most famous festival is a riotous celebration of all things Bolivian With each year’s approach of Lent, an eruption of vibrant colours, noises and spiri...

Indigenous Languages vs Extinction

27 Feb, 2019 | Alicja Hagopian

Photo: Elin DonnellyMural: Knorke LeafThe year 2019 was proclaimed the International Year of Indigenous Languages (IYIL) by the United Nations in 2006. The aim of this year’s celebration, is to raise...

Korean Expats in Bolivia

27 Feb, 2019 | David O’Keeffe

Photo: Drew GrahamNavigating the challenges of adapting to a new cultureThe majority of Koreans who live overseas have settled in China, the United States and Japan. Lately, however, there has been a...

Interview with a Yatiri

27 Feb, 2019 | Mia Cooke-Joshi

Photo: Mia Cooke-JoshiThe work of heeding the call of PachamamaAt the edge of the market in El Alto, beyond the never-ending stalls that sell everything you could possibly imagine, is one of the...

If These Walls Could Talk

20 Jan, 2019 | Josephine Zavaglia

Photos: Josephine ZavagliaMuralism as an art form to transform the public spaces of La PazGraffiti and street art have the ability to turn a city into a tourist destination. Such is the case of B...

Fashion Blogging in Bolivia

22 Nov, 2018 | Sasha Vasquez

Photo: José Rolando RuizIt’s not all champagne and cavorting with models, but it’s still great gig‘Blogger’ is a word so common nowadays that it’s hard to believe that less than five years ago mo...

Menstruation: Its Myths and Removing Its Shame

22 Nov, 2018 | Josephine Zavaglia

The revival of old traditions is correcting misinformation about periods in BoliviaLike many other countries, Bolivia is a place where menstruation is often spoken about only in hushed tones, and the...

The Dichotomy of Chacha-Warmi

29 Aug, 2018 | Adriana L. Murillo

Photo: Iván RodriguezIn Bolivia, all things must have their complement.In Andean philosophy, everything has a complementary partner; that is, everything is composed of the concepts of male and female...

Bolivian Tradition, Drug Crisis

29 Aug, 2018 | Leigh Anderson

Image: Alexandra MeleánThe Duality of the Andean Coca LeafA stealthy trip into the jungle. An underground deal. Secret messengers. The transformation of a harmless substance to a deadly one. Border cr...

Wayra Japón Andes

21 Jun, 2018 | Ollie Goldblatt

Photos: Iván RodriguezTraditional Japanese and Bolivian Music Fused TogetherIn 1899, Bolivia’s first Japanese immigrants made their home here. Next year, 120 years later, this historical moment is bei...

Tata Jach'a Danzanti

23 May, 2018 | Adriana L. Murillo Argandoña

Photo: Iván Rodriguez PetkovicThe Dance of Death‘Let him die dancing, so he will pay for his faults.’ This is a phrase from the movie The Clandestine Nation, made by Jorge Sanjinés in 1989. The film f...

The Achachilas

26 Mar, 2018 | Adriana L. Murillo Argandoña

Photo: Iván Rodriguez PetkovicTranslation: Niall FlynnParents and protectors of the Andean world¡Tatituy! ¡Papituy! These are the words that the yatiri repeats, referring to the ancestral spirits and...

Bolivian Festival Apparel

23 Feb, 2018 | Adriana Murillo

Photos: Iván Rodriguez PetkovicInnovation Keeps Local Culture, Customs and Costumes AliveVibrant colours, masks, sequins and feathers adorn the streets of La Paz during carnival and other traditional...