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Provincial Festival of Lenga in the “heart of the island”

The Festival of Lenga will be from 12 to 15 December. There will be fairs, wood carvings, artistic shows, gastronomy and presentation of antique cars.

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As every year, the city of Tolhuin will become the stage where the Provincial Festival of Lenga will take place. The event is considered one of the most important in the province of   Tierra del Fuego  . Forestry is part of the history of the Tolhuinese people and many families live on it. The lenga is part of its urban landscape, its constructions, accommodations and cabins. The 18th edition  of the Fiesta again emphasizes the Lenga and its multiple uses.

 Patagonian wood that dazzles 

As you may have guessed, the great vedette of the festival is the lenga, also called “oak from Tierra del Fuego”.  This is used for the elaboration of fine furniture for its quality and purity. In addition, it presents a variety of design and color options that make it unique in the world. It is extracted from Tierra del Fuego forests through responsible, authorized and certified forest management. It is a native species that grows exclusively in southern Argentina and Chile, and one of the most demanded woods for its durability, strength and sustainability.

 The great attraction 

During the 4 holidays the most attractive competition of the event will be held:  the competition of sculptors made of wood lenga .  Craftsmen  and artists from across the region will demonstrate their forestry skills and skills. Dozens of wood rolls 2 meters long will be carved by prodigious sculptors. In the previous edition, Javier Riveros, the renowned sculptor of  Tolhuin , won the first prize. His work “Historia Fueguina” represents a guanaco protected by the native peoples.

 Much more to enjoy 

As if that were not enough, there will be guest musicians, handicrafts fair, crafts and gastronomy. Finally, on Sunday, the closing day of the festival, there will be an exhibition of old cars from Rio Grande and Ushuaia. From December 12th to 15th, you can't miss the Provincial Festival of  Lenga  in the “heart of the island.”

Publication Date: 12/12/2019

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