Culture

Shalom Bolivia

30 Oct, 2012 | Yanina Iskhakova

Caught between tradition and lifestyle The Jewish presence in Bolivia dates back to the 16th century but spiked most prominently during and after the Second World War when thousands of Jews fled...

Musical roundup

02 Jul, 2012 | Matthew Grace

La Paz is host to a musical confluence of rhythms spanning the breadth of the country as well as international genres which range from jazz to classical music. While by no means comprehensive, below y...

Music money can´t buy

02 Jul, 2012 | Eleanor Warnick

For many well-known Western musicians, success means profit and fame. A stereotypical Western pop star has a handful of number-one hits, with merchandise mounted on the walls of hormonal adolescents....

Drumming for hate S.A.

02 Jul, 2012 | Naomi Cohen, Eleanor Warnick

An interview with Christian Paredes BX: Who was the first musician that inspired you? C.P.: The first musician that inspired me was Igor Cavalera. He’s a heavy metal drummer. I liked his energy,...

Vero Perez

02 Jul, 2012 | Antoaneta Roussinova

Interview with Efecto Mandarina’s Verónica Pérez Verónica, or Vero, Pérez is the singer of the electric- jazz group Efecto Mandarina (which also features Bladimir Morales on bass, Diego Ballón on pi...

Songs of freedom

02 Jul, 2012 | Deshan Chetty

‘From Bolivia, heart of dark skinned America, we come: miners, Indian peasants, students, men, women and children. We form a circle of raised fists, we say to those who stomp on our flag and steal our...

The new Bolivian fighters: Cholitas Luchadoras

15 May, 2012 | Lauren Bell

JUANITA LA CARIÑOSA CARMEN ROSA LA CAMPEONA YOLANDA LA AMOROSA CLAUDINA LA MALA MARTHA LA ALTEÑA Cholitas luchadoras: the strapping heroines of El Alto's weekly cholita wrestling. Every Sunday to...

Voices from the fairground

28 Feb, 2012 | Patrick Dowling

A selection of interviews documenting the Alasita fair as lived by pacenos. Name: Teresa Ticona de PizarroAge: 52Occupation: Artisan selling toy cars I have been an artisan at Alasita for 20...

Nomadic Healing

28 Feb, 2012 | Camilla Swift

Every one of us lives bound by nature. Modern medicine may seem to heal quicker, but natural medicine is still the most pure. It heals slowly but lasts forever! Travellers only usually encounter Bol...

Ekeko

28 Feb, 2012 | Mathew Grace

Cast a look into many Bolivian homes, and you'll likely spot a small, moustachioed ceramic figurine called an Ekeko. These jolly-looking statuettes resemble small men in Andean attire with enormous sm...

Scattering seeds: Catholicism and the pachamama

28 Feb, 2012 | Patrick Dowling

Pachamama has provided fertile ground for the growth of Catholicism in Bolivia. Coming from a Catholic high-school background, I thought I'd find plenty of common ground with the people of Bolivia....

Nazareth Flores Cabao: A marcher’s story

28 Feb, 2012 | Sharoll Fernadez and Xenia Elsaesser

Nazareth Flores Cabao is the Vice president of CEPIB, Central de pueblos indigenas de Beni. She is of Italoma heritage and comes from Magdalena, a town in Beni near the Brazilian border. She recently...

Wiphala-Relic or re-invention?

01 Nov, 2011 | Daniel Caplin

Daniel Caplin investigates the historical and political texture of Bolivia's iconic indigenous flag. In its Constitution, Bolivia is described as a plurinational state. This is an apt description se...

Turning the pages - Bolivian history in books

01 Nov, 2011 | Joanna Kozlowska

By all accounts, Franz Tamayo lives on. Where the founding father of Bolivian letters used to contemplate the snow-capped Illimani ('Two giants gaze upon each other', an anecdote would have him say),...

Gran Poder

20 Jul, 2011 | Georgia Wolff

In La Paz the fiesta never stops: paceños never miss an opportuni­ty for a celebration and they know how to party hard. Rarely a day goes by when one of the city’s streets isn’t closed to host a festi...