The Arts

The Empowerment of the Chola Paceña

24 Apr, 2019 | Adriana L. Murillo. A.

Photos: Changtse Quintanilla  International modistas look to the Andes for inspirationWithout doubt, the first thing that comes to mind when thinking of La Paz is the chola paceña. Char...

Think You’ve Cine It All?

25 Mar, 2019 | Elin Donnelly

Vuelve Sebastiana. 1953 Photos: Courtesy of Fundación Cinemateca Boliviana The Bolivian film industry is small, but it’s a vital part of the country’s cultureBack in the horse-drawn-car...

If You Zamponnabe My Lover

25 Mar, 2019 | Will Turner

Photo: Renata Lazcano   You've got to learn to playIt's been described as ‘the communication between the human world and nature,’ as a vital expression of Andean culture and, more prosaicall...

Bridging Many Worlds

25 Mar, 2019 | Mia Cooke-Joshi

Photo: Janana Lourencato   Elvira Espejo Ayca’s multidisciplinary approach to lifeAymara artist, weaver, narrator of oral tradition, documentarian, poet, singer, writer and curator of La Paz...

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...