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Through various programs and participations carried out by the Ministry of Culture la Nación, our country was a Guest of Honor to bring the best of national culture, to different parts of the outside. Next, we share four interesting experiences:
As part of the Ibero-American Theatre Festival that took place in the Colombian city of Bogotá, different cast from Argentina participated to show the best of the performing arts. With nine plays and a tango company, Argentina dazzled the Festival's stage as Guest Country of Honor. Among them was the dance cast of Leonardo Cuello; the play The Fabulous World of Aunt Betty, directed by Aldo El-Jatib, and I mean you love, written by Mariano Tenconi Blanco and directed by Juan Parodi.
Also in the Bogotá city, the traditional Book Fair was held in which Argentina was Guest Country of Honor. Organized by the Colombian Book Chamber and Corferias, more than 1500 cultural, academic and professional events were proposed, in addition to the participation of all the actors in the book chain, who presented their editorial novelties to the visiting public.
For its part, Argentina, editorial power of the continent, shone with 31 authors, illustrators and artists, who formed the national delegation to exhibit the best of their production, in its 3000 m2 pavilion. Among them: writers Alberto Manguel, Eduardo Sacheri, Mauro Libertella, Pablo de Santis, and Maria Teresa Andruetto; playwright Claudia Piñeiro, illustrators Chanti, Liniers and Pablo Bernasconi, journalists Leopoldo Brizuela and Irene Amuchástegui, biologist and scientific journalist Diego Golombek and the film director, screenwriter and writer María Verónica Ramírez. More than 285,000 people visited the fair and the Argentine stand.
Argentina was also present at the Frankfurt Book Fair, the most important in the field of publishing business. As it has done since 2009, Argentine literature was part of the Fair with its booth, in which various publishers and writers from the country participated. In addition, the Foreign Ministry and the Ministry of Culture of the Nation promoted curatorship by editors Alejandro Katz and Renata Prati, who selected titles of Argentine authors from 91 editorials, expressing the great bibliographic diversity of the current Argentine edition. A selection of books by the Association of Children's and Youth Literature of Argentina (ALIJA) was also added.
The Cultural Industries Market in Brazil, which took place last month in the neighbouring country, was a mega-business event for entrepreneurs from all cultural sectors, where business rounds, trainings, workshops, clinics and showcases of music and performing arts were carried out. Argentina participated with a delegation of 67 cultural producers from all regions of the country, which included all areas: music, performing arts, audiovisual, publishing, video games, design and fashion. The Brazilian city of São Paulo hosted the first edition of the Creative Industries Market of Brazil, or MICBR, and in addition to Argentina, representatives from Ecuador, Uruguay, Bolivia, Paraguay, Peru, Colombia and Chile were present (next host in the 2020 edition).
In addition to traveling with our culture, we brought international cultural references to discuss with us. Culture is also technology, feminism, education and religion. Global references on these topics came to give seminars and debate on these issues in different parts of the country, including Gabriela Gonzales, an Argentine scientist who joined a Nobel Prize winning team, Ann Makosinsski, 20-year-old Canadian inventor, Catherine Millet, French writer, and Carl Frey, Swedish-German researcher and academic.
Publication Date: 05/04/2019
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