Festivals

Todos Santos en Bolivia

11 Dec, 2019 | Lauren Minion

Wooden ladders are available throughout the La Paz cemetery so that family members can access the rest places of their family members and keep their shrines up to date. Photos: Lauren Minion &...

Las Ñatitas

11 Dec, 2019 | Silvia Saccardi

Offerings to the ñatita include candles and cigarettes and they are often adorned with floral crowns.Photos: Silvia Saccardi The festival of 'Las Ñatitas' is a tradition celebrated throughout the...

La Paz’s 32nd Entrada Folklórica Universitaria

31 Dec, 1969 | Lola Newell

Photos: Lola Newell Students keep traditional Bolivian dance alive Every year thousands of university students from the Higher University of San Andrés (UMSA) take to the streets of La Paz t...

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...

The Fiesta de San Ignacio de Moxos

27 Aug, 2018 | Chris Lunnon

Photos: Chris LunnonThe colourful cacophony of an Amazonian townSan Ignacio de Moxos is usually a sleepy Amazonian town, but come the end of July, San Ignacio erupts into a festival of fire, faith and...

San Juan

23 Jul, 2018 | Marion Joubert

Illustration: Oscar ZallesThe festival that rose from the ashesThe night is particularly freezing, but I wouldn’t advise you start a fire to warm up. On a night like this, a 24th of June, you risk a f...

The Eat Out La Paz Food Fest Brings Music, Mood and Munchies to the City

21 Jun, 2018 | Adrianna Michell

Photos: Iván RodriguezThe Seasonal Festival Is Reinvigorating the Food SceneOn a sunny afternoon in the south of La Paz, visitors gather in Parque Bartolina Sisa in the Aranjuez neighbourhood. They’ve...

Christmas in Translation

22 Dec, 2017 | Charles Bladon

Photo: Ivan Rodríguez PetkovicExploring the quirks and staples of a Bolivian ChristmasTurkey, Christmas trees, fairy lights, snow and a warm fire: these are a few things that instantly come to my mind...

Total Immersion

25 Jun, 2017 | Alex Walker

Photos: Nick Somers, William Wroblewski, Adriana Murillo The Bolivian Cult of K-Pop RevisitedBack in 2014, I wrote about and investigated the curiously popular Korean pop scene in Bolivia for BX4...

Alasita

28 May, 2015 | Emily Cashen

PHOTO: MICHAEL DUNN CACERESWhat is it you seek? Be it love, money, or even a new car, you are free to pursue your desires at the annual Alasita festival in La Paz. Each January, the chaotic city stree...

Tinku

28 May, 2015 | Eliza Wood

PHOTO: CATEY STAHLEach May, crowds of indigenous Bolivians flood the streets of the small town of Macha, in southern Bolivia, to take part in a fiesta lasting several days. Despite initial appearances...

Dia de los Perros

28 May, 2015 | Eliza Wood

PHOTO: VALERIA WILDEDía de los Perros is celebrated on August 16—the feast day of St. Roque, the 14th-century Majorcan patron saint of dogs, who was nursed back to health by a canine whilst suffering...

THE CARNAVAL WATER WARS

27 Mar, 2014 | Laura Van Antwerp

THWACK! I knew the minute I felt it hit my backside. I has just experienced my first globo attack. I spun around to find myself face to face with a grinning boy, no older than ten years of age, c...

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...

Charmed

15 Feb, 2013 | Hayden Aldredge

In his quest to find love in La Paz, Hayden Aldredge discovers how love charms, amulets, and the occasional spell are just a part of the normal search for passion in Bolivia. Photo by Alejandro L...