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|10 Jun 2021||Los Das que te Am||Teatro NESCAFÉ de las Artes, Santiago|
The cultural, as well as the entertainment scene in the capital city of Chile was rather lethargic and repressed during the oppressive dictatorship. The city woke to its theatre scene in the ‘90s and is now brimming with both zealous admirers of theatre in Santiago as well as famous venues that host meaty and traditional performances. The month of January makes all the cultural freaks go gaga over the internationally-acclaimed theatre festival Santiago a Mil. Numerous rock and pop music bands hop from one club to other delivering scintillating musicals in Santiago. With such vivid performances, every Santiago night indeed turns into a day. Many performing arts centers and schools cater to public inquisitiveness to learn more about the craft and mold them accordingly to offer a slice of theatre in Santiago.
This diverse city has a modest variety of theatre offerings for a theatre buff. Several venues light up the days on a weekly or daily basis to host amazing plays, fests, performances, and musicals in Santiago. One of the most famed live theatres in Santiago is the stage theatre and opera house- Teatro Municipal located in Augustinas 794. This cultural treasure has an impressive neoclassical exterior and hosts a number of orchestras, recitals, musicals, and live plays around the year. The Matucana 100 calls out to the hip youngsters out there and is a complete package of overwhelming music festivals, concerts, movie screenings, and live theatre in Santiago. Some venues are particularly famous for hosting shows by dynamic troupes that roam the city. The Centro Cultural Gabriela Mistral is one such venue. This historic cultural centre is reputed for its distinctive array of plays and live theatrical expositions. Teatro Ictus tops the list of the independent theatre companies of Chile. This not-for-profit theatre company is known for its creative plays backed by a gritty socio-political commentary. Other notable private theatres that host mobile performances and musicals in Santiago is Lastarria 90 and Centro Mori, which has various groups across the city. The Santiago a Mil International Theater Festival hosted in the month of January is the largest arts festival in Chile with worldwide spectators. It is run by the Teatro a Mil International Festival Foundation (FITAM) and is a month-long celebration of theatre, dance, and music events in Santiago.
Santiago offers myriad options to quench the artistic thirst in occasional hobbyists as well as curious learners through various performing arts centres and schools in the city. The CorpArtes Theater and Cultural Center is a relatively new performing arts centre, which offers interactive classes to all interested learners. The largest university- Universidad de Chile and the Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile have thriving student-run theatre departments that offer a platform to impart as well as perform not as mere amateurs, but as skilled professionals who are looked up to in the arts fraternity. Apart from these, the University of Santiago, which was previously known as the Spanish School of Arts and Crafts offers interesting performing arts lessons that can develop in becoming a great artist.