Culture

FAKE TALES OF PLAZA SAN FRANSISCO

20 Oct, 2013 | John Downes

John Downes dives into Bolivia’s counterfeit clothing market The fact that Bolivia has a word to describe anything fake or knock-off ('trucho' or 'trucha') goes some way towards explaining the p...

BOLIVIA MAR

24 Sep, 2013 | Alexander Conesa-Pietscheck

Alexander Conesa-Pietscheck walks into one of Bolivia’s most established toy shops to discover that education and fun come hand in hand for all children, young and old. What makes a toy...

WAYRA PHAXSI

24 Sep, 2013 | Alexandra Meleán

Voladores sail in the sky, like vessels of the wind, soaring on the breath of Pachamama. Flyers forge a stronger connection with la madre tierra. Kites harmonize intergenerational dissonance, br...

SIMPACHAMAMA - Helping to reduce deforestation in Bolivia, one click at a time

24 Sep, 2013 | Izzy Smith

I played SimPachamama for the first time 4 hours after landing in La Paz. In my zombie-like state, I found the game strangely addictive and continued to play it in a quest to become a better virtua...

DO NOT PASS GO - Do not collect two hundred bolivianos

24 Sep, 2013 | Sophia Vahdati

Sophia Vahdati visits San Pedro prison to learn that the games of life played by inmates are not all that different to those played on the outside Describing all this now makes...

PINK FLOYD SINFÓNICO

24 Sep, 2013 | Izzy Smith

I sit here writing this review with Dark Side of the Moon pounding through my headphones, inspired by the performance last night. Last night’s show can only be described as incredible; bursting wit...

Bolivian fight club

22 Aug, 2013 | Carlos Sánchez Navas & Caterina Stahl & Alexandra Melean & Amaru Villanueva Rance & Mila Araoz

From the highlands of Macha to the valleys of Torotoro, fighters from the region come together to celebrate the ceremony known as the ‘Tinku’, which in quechua means ‘encounter’. In this anthology...

Carpe Diem: Juggling with reality

21 Aug, 2013 | Sophia Aitken & Kelly Keough

Travelling street performers, known locally as malabaristas, have recently become a familiar presence across the continent. Sophia Aitken & Kelly Keough have some myths to debunk about them....

Traveling tribe: A visitor's lament

21 Aug, 2013 | Amy Provan

Bolivia offers up a lot culturally, but travellers can find themselves in their own closed circle of friends, rarely venturing from it and remaining apart from the native population. Striped cot...

In the cult of comics

21 Aug, 2013 | Georgina Phillips

As a fourteen-year-old girl, my contact with comics was restricted to the hours I spent in comic book stores, waiting for my friends to finish dithering over whether or not to buy the latest issue...

TED Ideas worth sharing, from Bolivia to the world

21 Aug, 2013 | Christian Rojas Alves

What does Steve Jobs, the founder of the world’s most valuable company, have in common with Walter Melendrez, a bolivian artisan who exports miniature clay figurines? Christian Rojas, organiser of...

Nomad

21 Aug, 2013 | Sharoll M. Fernandez

It is a well-known fact among Sharoll Fernandez’s friends, that throughout her life she has been part of every interest group imaginable. From adventist church to social volunteering, passing throu...

The Tenth Commandment

16 Jul, 2013 | Ryle Lagonsin

Understanding Suma Qamaña from the Outside 'We, the indigenous peoples, only want to Live Well, not better. Living Better is to exploit, plunder, and to rob, but Living Well is to live in brot...

The Roots of the Andes

16 Jul, 2013 | Wilmer Machaca

In Bolivia, culture, civilization, and the Andean market economy revolve around the cultivation of the potato.  Photo: Juan Manuel Lobaton ‘All of the greatest cultures and civilizat...

Uyuni Willakuti

16 Jul, 2013 | Alexandra Meleán

A celebration of identity and culture on the salt flats Extending its reach beyond the sacred site of Tiwanaku, in 2013 the government has decided to hold further celebrations for the Aymara New Yea...