The Arts

Pigment in La Paz

27 Feb, 2019 | David O’Keeffe

Photos: David O’Keeffe & Rodrigo JimenezTattoos are coming up big in BoliviaThere has been a long gap in the history of tattooing in Bolivia. Mummified remains found in Bolivia and Peru show...

Hip Hop in La Paz

20 Jan, 2019 | Sophie Blow

Photos: Sophie Blow & Adriana MurilloThe creative movement bringing Bolivian culture to an international stageLa Paz is a city renowned for its urban anarchistic creativity. From malabaristas...

Bolivian Fashion Takes Paris by Storm

22 Nov, 2018 | Marie de Lantivy

Photos: Iván Rodriguez PetkovicCholitas in the City of LightThe cholita, or the mujer de pollera, is an iconic representation of Bolivia and La Paz. Bolivian designer Ana Palza, who makes jewellery an...

La Casa del Poeta

29 Oct, 2018 | Honor Scott

Illustration: Hugo L. CuéllarA new space for poetrySix poets lived in La Casa del Poeta between 1943 and 2012 and, as Fernando Lozada, the building’s administrator points out, ‘They all died here’. In...

Museo Portátil

24 Sep, 2018 | Ira Lee

Photo: Ira LeeThe national museum that brings the artefacts to life and identity to the peopleThe Museo Nacional de Etnología y Folklore (MUSEF) in the centre of La Paz, is one of the most prestigious...

El Club de las Malcogidas lights up La Paz

23 Jul, 2018 | Jack Francklin

Photo: Jack FrancklinDenisse Arancibia is the mastermind behind the immensely powerful musicalThe final showing on 4 July of the musical El Club de las Malcogidas brought an end to a production which...

Bajo Nuestra Piel

26 Mar, 2018 | Caroline Risacher

A film festival pushes boundaries in BoliviaOn 22 February 2018, the third edition of the international human-rights film festival Bajo Nuestra Piel visited Tarija, in southern Bolivia. Having premier...

Calle Comercio, La Paz, Bolivia

29 Oct, 2017 | Iván Rodriguez

Are we just walking around, step after step?Or are we designers of our present, designers of something bigger?Can we avoid the victim we hold inside? Take another step, and find comfort in every blink...

Art Deco in an Ancient City

29 Oct, 2017 | Josephine Zavaglia

Photo: Charles BladonIn a corner of the world where colonial architecture is more than common, La Paz’s funky fusion of Art Deco architecture and Tiwanaku design make it a destination like no other.Ge...

Singers without a stage

25 Jun, 2017 | Yolande Rowson

Illustration: Hugo L. CuéllarRegenerating the classical music scene in BoliviaEven a cursory glance around the Conservatorio Plurinacional de Música will tell you that the classical music scene in Bol...

Success and The Inner Game

25 Jun, 2017 | Mohammed Junaid

Photo: William WroblewskiJuan Carlos Aduviri’s rise as an international actorHe’s holding a metal frame he fabricated with screws and tape to stabilise a tiny GoPro action camera. I seem to be in the...

AGUSTÍN ALONSO

15 Apr, 2017 | Alex Walker

Photo: Nick SomersA lesson with the maestroAgustín Alonso has been busy tending to his nest. A short walk up from Plaza San Francisco, family-made instruments line his workshop like banks of exquisite...

THE SALAR ON FILM

15 Apr, 2017 | Sophie Hogan

Photo: Julia Mcgee-RussellA sensory marvel put into perspectivePeople experience some of the most surreal feelings while on the Salar de Uyuni. Beyond its apparent nothingness and rich amount of resou...

Che Pantomime

29 Dec, 2016 | Angus Mcnelly

Illustration: Hugo L. CuellarThe sing-along story of the marxist guerrillaIn the auditorium of Bolivia’s Central Bank in La Paz, a cumbia star leads a sing-along to a pop song whilst children wave fla...

A Universal Language

26 Sep, 2016 | Madeleine Pollard

Photo: Lucia BrasaFrom street performers contorting their bodies before halted cars in the glow of traffic lights, to shuffling feet as the beat of yet another parade drum tremours through the streets...