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107 Books From Around The World I Want To Read Before I Die

Read the ultimate world reading guide by Ewa Zubek, The Culture Trip's Director of Editorial & Social Media.

The 15 Best Cities In The World For Food

We explore the 15 best cities for food in the world, from the street food of Vietnam to the elegant fine dining in Lyon.

9 Spanish Words You Just Can't Translate To English

These great Spanish words have no direct translation in English, each expressing something truly unique in the enchanting Spanish language.

The Top 10 Things To Do And See In Barrio Brasil

Read our list of the top ten things to do and see in Barrio Brasil, Santiago.

10 Best Places In The World To Stargaze

Read our guide for a countdown of the best star-gazing opportunities around the world.

The Top 10 Things To Do And See In Barrio Bellavista

Read our guide to Barrio Bellavista, Santiago’s Bohemian quarter, and discover the best things to see and do.

The 10 Most Beautiful Towns In Chile

From large cities to coastal gems, here is a list of some of the most beautiful spots you'll find in Chile.

The Top 10 Latin American Feminist Writers

We take a look at ten Latin American writers who have influenced Latin American feminism through their works.

Cultural Calendar 2016: The Best Things To Do Around The World

Find out where to be and what to see in 2016 with our comprehensive guide to this year's biggest and best cultural events.

Top 10 Contemporary Chilean Authors

Read on for our guide to the top 10 contemporary Chilean authors, from contemporaries of Isabel Allende, to the literature of immigrant fiction writers.

13 Films To Give You Wanderlust

From Paris to Bali to Iceland, these 13 films about travel will activate your wanderlust and make you want to pack your bags.

The 13 Most Exciting Startup Neighborhoods In The World

Check out our list of the 13 most exciting startup neighborhoods in the world!

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Chile Art + Artists

The Best Street Art in Valparaíso, Chile

Explore the world-class street art on display in the beautiful Chilean port of Valparaíso.

San Miguel: Santiago’s Hidden Museum of Murals

Take a closer look at the beautiful, vibrant street art produced by the renowned artists and residents of San Miguel.

Chile's 10 Unmissable Contemporary Art Galleries & Spaces

Discover more about the art scene in Chile with our guide to the best contemporary art galleries in the region.

Chilean Artist Alfredo Jaar: Controversy Through Art

Chilean Artist Alfredo Jaar doesn’t shy away from controversy. From the genocide in Rwanda to a piece questioning the meaning of ‘America’, his work highlights the world’s injustices.

Smiljan Radić: The Chilean Architect Going Global

If you haven’t heard of Chilean architect, Smiljan Radić, that’s likely to change. Read about the man behind the Summer Pavilion here.

Valparaiso's Top 10 Contemporary Art Galleries

Experience the heady art scene of Valparaiso, Chile’s art capital, with our guide to the city’s 10 must-visit contemporary galleries.

The 10 Best Contemporary Art Galleries In Santiago: The Piquant Power Of Chilean Art

Santiago’s independent galleries offer an excellent insight into the state and direction of Chile’s contemporary art scene. We discover ten of the best galleries in the Chilean capital.

Ten of the Best Contemporary Art Galleries in Chile

With its rich history of influences, from early native Mapuche and colonial Spanish to the more dominant, present day influence of America, Chile’s art scene is a mesh of forms, mixed to create a distinct Chilean style.

The Chile Pavilion at the 55th Venice Biennale

New York based, Chilean artist Alfredo Jaar will represent his native country in their National Pavilion at the 55th Venice Biennale.

Roberto Matta: The Architect’s Dream

Roberto Matta was a groundbreaking Chilean artist who prefigured Abstract Expressionism with his surreal and monumental works.

Chile Food + Restaurants

The 15 Best Cities In The World For Food

We explore the 15 best cities for food in the world, from the street food of Vietnam to the elegant fine dining in Lyon.

The Top 10 Things To Do And See In Barrio Bellavista

Read our guide to Barrio Bellavista, Santiago’s Bohemian quarter, and discover the best things to see and do.

The 5 Best Restaurants In Providencia, Santiago

Fancy some traditional Chilean fare or some tasty international cuisine? Read our guide to the top 5 restaurants in Providencia, Santiago!

The Top 10 Bars In Cerro Concepción, Valparaíso

Read our guide on where to enjoy some quality drinks and cocktails whilst you're in Cerro Concepción, Valparaíso, Chile.

The 10 Best Bars in Santiago de Chile

Read our guide on Santiago de Chile's best bars to discover what cultural delights the capital has in store for you.

The 10 Best Rooftop Bars and Restaurants in Santiago de Chile

Read our guide on the best rooftop terraces in Santiago de Chile, to discover where to enjoy a meal or drink in the most cultural surroundings.

The Best Street Food in Santiago de Chile

Read our guide on the best food trucks and street food locations in Santiago de Chile to discover where to have delicious food in the most cultural surroundings.

The 10 Best Coffee Houses in Santiago de Chile

Read our guide on the best coffee houses in Santiago de Chile, to discover where to stop for a coffee in the most cultural surroundings.

The 9 Best Brunch & Late Breakfast Spots in Santiago

Read our guide on the cafés and restaurants which offer the best brunch in Santiago de Chile, to know where to start the morning in the most cultural surroundings.

The 7 Best Bars in La Serena, Chile

Read our guide to the best places to drink in La Serena, one of Chile’s best beach destinations.

The 10 Best Restaurants in La Serena, Chile

Read our list of the best restaurants and cafés in La Serena, an historical beach resort and Chile's second oldest city.

The 10 Best Places to Eat and Drink in Bahía Inglesa, Chile

The Culture Trip profiles the best restaurants, cafés and bars for eating and drinking in this stunning beach village near Chile’s Atacama desert.

Chile Profile

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The Republic of Chile, currently presided over by Michelle Bachelet, has one of the strongest economies of the Latin American continent, which is mainly down to the exploitation and exportation of raw materials. Michelle Bachelet, the first female President of the country, made many improvements in women’s rights during her tenure. The country has recently recovered its political stability, but the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet and its political repression is still strong in Chilean memories. Pinochet’s dictatorship ended with 3,000 murders and left an indelible scar on the Chilean national psyche. He assumed the presidency after overthrowing Salvador Allende, who allegedly committed suicide during a bomb attack on the government headquarters. The poet and singer Victor Jara was another casualty of this violent period; he had always struggled to preserve democracy through his songs, becoming an international icon of protest music. He was tortured and murdered in the Estadio Chile, now named Estadio Victor Jara, were he is commemorated with a plaque engraved with his last poem ‘Somos Cinco Mil’ (We are Five Thousand).

Chileans call themselves a country of poets and it is true that they have produced many world renowned writers. Nobel Prize winner Pablo Neruda’s erotically charged love poems Twenty Poems of Love and a Song of Despairwere written in his trademark green colored lettering, which was his personal color for hope. Gabriela Mistral is another important poet, and was the first Latin American recipient of the Nobel Prize in 1945 for her lyrical work which, ‘inspired powerful emotions, and has converted her name into an icon of the idealistic aspirations of all the Latin American world’.

Isabel Allende and Roberto Bolaño are two fiction writers who have achieved international fame. Allende, with 51 million books sold, is the most-read novelist in the Spanish language. Her novels are characterized by their humor and realism. Her most popular novel is The House of the Spirits, which also became a successful movie. Some of her other novels are Paula and Daughter of Fortune. Roberto Bolaño’s novels The Savage Detectives and 2666 are considered amongst the greatest novels of the last few decades. As a poet he belonged to the Infrarrealistamovement, an avant-garde group that produced dissonant, surreal works of poetry.

The current icon of Chilean cinema is Sebastián Silva, who with his film The Maid was nominated for a Golden Globe in 2010, and was awarded the prize in the Sundance Film Festival for Best International Drama Film. Alejandro Jodorowsky, on the other hand, is a multifaceted artist who has become famous in the cinema world for his controversial movies such as La Montaña Sagrada (The Holy Mountain); a 1973 cult film produced by Beatles manager Allen Klein, and considered a classic of art house cinema.

 

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