The city of Powys will welcome crowds for the return of the Latin American culture festival

The streets of Machynlleth will once again be treated to the sounds of a Latin American cultural festival after a three-year hiatus.

The El Sueno Existe Victor Jara festival is set to return to Machynlleth from August 5-7.

The festival was first held in Machynlleth in 2005 but was canceled in 2020 following the Covid-19 pandemic.

Commenting on the festival’s long-awaited return, co-founder Tony Corden said: “With so much bad news on the world stage right now, it’s more important than ever to remember and celebrate the lives of artists. and activists committed to making the dream of a peaceful world a reality.

“It’s a 3 day party rooted in social justice and human rights, come celebrate with us.”

Bolivian-Peruvian musical family, La Familia Sagrada, one of the groups present at the festival.

The festival is named after Victor Jara, a Chilean poet, singer and activist who was assassinated under dictator August Pinochet at the age of 40.

Jara was among more than 3,000 people detained, tortured and executed following a violent coup that overthrew Chile’s democratically elected government in 1973.

The contrast between the themes of his songs, which focus on love, peace and social justice, and the brutality of his murder made him “an international icon of resistance”, according to the BBC.

Machynlleth’s El Sueno Existe is one of the many cultural festivals that honor his memory.

The three days promise to weave together a celebration of Latin American music, poetry, theater, dance and culture.

Each year the organizers choose a different Latin American country for the main theme of the festival, this year choosing El Salvador.

This year there will be music from top Latin fusion dance group Lokandes, a Salvadoran and Colombian ensemble; Los Aventureros, Chilean music group; El Trio Sureno; Uruguayan folk singer, Alex Etchart; a Salvadoran dance troupe as well as a host of other performers.

On Sunday 7th August there will be a twmpath Welsh dance with a wonderful mix of local musicians.

Former Labor leader Jeremy Corbyn is due to attend the festival for the third time to speak about the Peace and Justice Project.

There will be various presentations on El Salvador, Mexico, Chile and other themes throughout the 3 days.

Tickets and more information can be found at www.elsuenoexiste.com


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