The Spanish conqueror Pedro de Valdivia, the city of Santiago is the cultural center of Chile. All the traditional history and cultural progress of the entire country is reflected in the festivals in Santiago. The city is a land of barbecue, bright colors, and folk songs, where no month passes without people taking the streets for dancing in the rhythm of variegated festivals. Festivals in Santiago are important for two reasons. First being that, it is the best possible way to cherish public holidays where people gather to celebrate together. And the second and the most important reason is the ability of these festivals to carry forward the legacy of the great Chilean culture and tradition. Apart from religious and ritualistic events, the city is also known for hosting a plethora of contemporary festivals. These modern form of festivals also play a vital role in the integration of global lifestyle and the city’s heritage. A vivid example is presented by the Santiago Horror Fim Festival that gives a unique experience, together with the most outstanding national and international artists and directors. The Santiago Horror Film festival also features short films, art and organizes a number of expos and talks.
Santiago has a lengthy history of cultural progress, which are expressed in countless art forms. These art forms are in turn showcased at different art festivals that take place in the city throughout the year. From music to dance and from painting to sculpture, an artist has everything where one can display his talent in front of a huge audience. One such festival is the Lollapalooza Chile, which is a type of music festival in Santiago. The event usually takes place in summer and is a part of South American outpost of the legendary series of Lollapalooza festival in Santiago. It is widely popular among the millennials as it combines visual arts, great music and food/drink in the picturesque Parque O'Higgins. Another great music festival in Santiago is the Womadheld at Plaza de la Paz, which is known for presenting stunning world music acts completely free of charge.
Apart from pleasing music events and unique festivals like the Santiago Horror Fim Festival, the city is much popular in the entire Latin American region for its art festivals. Since all the nations of South America share a common culture, the art events of Santiago are a real expression of those. If you visit the city in the month of January, the Santiago a Mil International Theater Festival has to be a must-to-experience place in your checklist. The festival offers dance, theatre, and music performances from the whole of Chile and abroad in one place. The festival is run by a non-profit organization, named Teatro a Mil International Festival Foundation, whose main aim is to support the progress of Chilean theatre. Another festival named Festival Internacional de Literatura, which is a well-established literature festival in the city. It has its root in Argentina but owing to the featuring of great works consistently, the events now rule big cities like Santiago.