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Events

Coyoacan, Mexico City

Frida Kahlo Making Her Self Up

16 Jun - 30 Nov 2018

The Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self Up exhibition at the V&A London showcases a collection of personal artefacts and clothing belonging to the iconic Mexican artist. It’s the first time that the collection will be exhibited outside Mexico.

Street performance, Havana

Havana Carnival

1 Jul - 26 Aug 2018

Cultural heritage and traditions are being showcased at the Havana Carnival, taking place during weekends in July and August. Parades, street parties, colourful costumes, dancing, fireworks and more are all part of the celebrations.

cusco dancers

Peru Independence Day

28 - 28 Jul 2018

On 28 July annually, Peruvians throw patriotic parties and attend both military and civilian celebrations to commemorate  the Declaration of Peru's Independence (1821) by the liberator José de San Martín: Fiestas Patrias. Even in the most remote communities throughout the country houses and businesses fly the Peruvian flag from the start of the month.

On the night of July 27th, Peruvians fill plazas and public parks and thrill to performances of folk and Creole music.  At dawn on July 28 there’s a salvo of 21 cannons, to herald the ceremony of the raising of the flag. On the following day, before a military parade is held in downtown Lima, the Te Deum ceremony, attended by the president, is celebrated in the Lima Cathedral.

In various parts of the country, Peruvians also hold agricultural and livestock fairs alongside events which are the soul of Creole culture: cockfighting, bullfighting and exhibitions by Peruvian pace horses.

Medellin flower festival

Medellin Flower Festival

1 - 10 Aug 2018

The Medellín Flower Fair has been running since 1957 and is one of the city’s most important cultural events. Browse the arrays of scented orchids and be amazed by the complexity that is flower artistry.

If flowers aren’t your thing there’s also a classic car show, a beauty pageant and plenty of music and dancing. And whatever you do don't miss the parades of campesinos (country folk) who carry large wooden constructions elaborately and beautifully decorated with flowers of every colour and fragrance.

cusco

Nuestra Senora de las Nieves

5 - 5 Aug 2018

The Virgen de las Nieves is the patron saint of the town of Tinta in Cusco, Peru and is commemorated every year in the month of August. The festival lasts two weeks, with the main celebrations taking place on 5 August. Literary competitions, concerts, conferences, music, dance and a special mass are some of the activities that take place.

Colourful street in La Paz, Bolivia

Bolivia Independence Day

6 - 6 Aug 2018

On 6th August, the people from Bolivia commemorate the Declaration of Independence by Simon Bolivar on 6th August 1825. It’s celebrated featuring colourful military parades, gun salutes, street dances, food, music and fireworks.

Tango

Buenos Aires international Tango Festival and World Championship

9 - 22 Aug 2018

The tango, possibly the world’s steamiest and most sexually evocative dance, evolved from back-street bordellos to high-society ballrooms and is inextricably linked with the culture of Buenos Aires. The dance’s passion is celebrated every August during the Tango Buenos Aires Festival, with up to half a million spectators.

You can watch some of the most talented tanguistas from Argentina and all over the world performing in a variety of venues and then you can have a go yourself, with free classes for beginners throughout the festival.

Ecuador Independence Day

10 - 10 Aug 2018

The people from Ecuador celebrate Independence Day on 10 August. Fairs, military parades and other cultural events take place across the country.

Arequipa

Anniversary of the City of Arequipa

15 - 15 Aug 2018

To celebrate the anniversary of the City of Arequipa, Peru, the International Fair of Arequipa on Mount Juli is held, together with artisanal exhibitions, the Festidanza dance festival and climbing Mount Misti.

Montevideo old town

Uruguay Independence Day

25 - 25 Aug 2018

To mark Independence Day, several patriotic ceremonies take place in Montevideo.

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