Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Celebration honouring Violeta Parra at Melbourne Filmoteca

Violeta Went to Heaven                                  4th April
2011 (Chile, Argentina, Brazil)                       6.30 pm     

Violeta went to Heaven tells the story of famed Chilean singer and folklorist Violeta Parra, tracing her evolution from impoverished child to international sensation and Chile’s national hero while capturing the swirling intensity of her inner contradictions, fallibility and passions.

COUNTRY: CHILE                         DURATION: 110 mins       
RELEASE: 2011                            FORMAT: Spanish with English subtitles 

Celebration honouring Violeta Parra

The 4th of October 2017 will mark the 100th birthday of legendary composer and singer Violeta Parra. To commemorate this milestone, Chile will honour Parra’s works through exhibitions, concerts and documentaries dedicated to her music, such as the iconic song Gracias a La Vida (Thanks to Life). Beginning the 4th of October 2016, there will also be a scholarly focus on Parra’s work, with academics such as Paula Miranda studying the poetic expression in her songs. The Minister for Culture Ernesto Otto Ramírez has especially pushed for ‘the citizenry, especially the new generation’ to become familiar with this thinker, artist and prolific writer and for ‘all the Violetas’ who proudly represent the name of Chile.
The Ministry of Culture and the Violeta Parra Foundation have collaborated on a program of more than 300 activities in order to celebrate the 100th birthday of Violeta Parra. This program commenced on the 4th of October 2016, coinciding with the first anniversary of the Violetta Parra Museum and the commemoration of the Day of Chilean Music. For instance, the month of April will see a contest of letters amongst students in the Biobio region in order to promote intergenerational dialogue about the life and creative works of the artist, organized by the Fernando Gonzalez Urizar Cultural Centre.
The full program of Chile celebrations for Violeta Parra can be accessed online at 

Elise de Romas

by Farolito Spanish Language School
Violeta: The colour of Latin American folklore

Learn about the life and work of iconic Chilean musician, poet and visual artist Violeta Parra in the year of her 100th birth anniversary. This workshop will help you develop your Spanish skills (upper intermediate level onwards).

$20 workshop only/ $37 workshop + Filmoteca Screening: Violeta Went to Heaven.

       Tuesday March 28, 7.30-9pm
       Teacher: Eleonor Palacio

ACMI on Tuesday April 4th, 6.30pm (for bookings please click here).


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