Culture

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...

WHAT'S FAIR AND PRETTY

17 Jun, 2013 | Jonathan Coubrough

Photo: Michael Newport CC @Flickr Every Sunday Mariano Roque Ylofayo travels 60 km from the city of Sucre to Tarabuco to sell traditional local clothing at the town’s legendary market. The histor...

FREEDOM IN CHAINS

17 Jun, 2013 | Ryle Lagonsin

The Silver Man Stands Still Photo: Ryle Lagonsin For 27-year-old actor Ronald Millares performing is a way of life. In his continuous pursuit for artistic independence, he has found freedom...

SEEING THE CITY THROUGH A BALACLAVA

17 Jun, 2013 | Fliss Lloyd

Fliss Lloyd goes on a tour with Hormigón Armado to understand what the city looks like to a shoe shiner. Photo: Carlos Sanchez Navas It was an afternoon well spent when I decided to do  ...

MICHAEL JACKSON REBORN

17 Jun, 2013 | Sophia Howe

The King of Pop’s Spirit Lives On Photo: Ivan Rodriguez Petkovic The year 2009 was shadowed by the tragic death of Michael Jackson, but the legendary entertainer’s spirit was reborn in on...

FROM THE STREETS TO THE RADIO

17 Jun, 2013 | Sophia Howe

A Young Man’s Dancing Journey. Photo: Sophia Howe ‘I don’t only dance, I entertain’. Franz Rodrigo Chavez began his career singing on the micros of La Paz ten years ago. However, this was not...

Super Sweet Fifteen

15 May, 2013 | Felicia Lloyd

Chicas in Bolivia don't have a super sweet sixteen, they have a super sweet fifteen. There are other grand events such as weddings and 'prestes' where the large and idiosyncratic catering industry sho...

Eat, Chew, Love

15 May, 2013 | Jonathan Coubrough

Photo: Jonathan Coubrough With the historical exceptions of Coca-Cola and the heavily regulated pharmaceutical industry, the use and consumption of coca outside of South America is generally ille...