"One hundred percent Bolivia": the event that makes the world dance

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People from different countries will be part of the Second World Meeting of Caporales, "One hundred percent Bolivian"

"One hundred percent Bolivia": the event that makes the world dance

Approximately 25,000 people will meet in 62 cities of 21 countries, next Sunday January 13 to interpret the Bolivian dance of the caporales with the main objective of claiming their origin. This is the Second Global Meeting of Caporales, "One hundred percent Bolivian", that is presented by the Bolivian Organization of Defense and Dissemination of Bolivian Folklore together with the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of the Country.

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Within the nations that are participating, there are

  • Colombia
  • Ecuador
  • Brazil
  • Argentina
  • Costa Rica
  • Mexico
  • Chile
  • Peru
  • Spain
  • Italy
  • France
  • England
  • Germany
  • Glen
  • U.S


Caporales are a dance characterized by rapid movements in which especially males not only carry bells in their boots but they make a lot of turns, contortions, kicks to the air, and jumps with acrobatics.

This dance comes from a dance that evokes slavery of the Africans brought by the Spaniards during colonial times. Precisely, Caporales were those foremen who had the duty to watch the work of  slaves and move from the lowlands to the cold highlands. The dance was declared Cultural and Intangible Heritage of Bolivia by means of the law that was promulgated in June 2011.


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In the first meeting, held in 2010, 20,000 people participated in 40 cities. For this version, the dance will be performed in Bolivian cities such as La Paz, Cochabamba, and Santa Cruz. In Costa Rica, the event will take place in its capital San José.

In Spain, in cities such as Madrid, Barcelona and Valencia. In Canada, the vent will be held in Toronto and in the United States in cities like Miami and Chicago. "One hundred percent Bolivian" will count with the participations of dancers from places like Bogotá, Sao Paulo, Mexico, Asunción, Buenos Aires, Mendoza, Cusco and Trujillo, among others.

The invitation is open to anyone who wants to participate in defense of patrimonial dances and Bolivian culture from anywhere in the world. In recent days, dancers from other parts of the world such as Beijing, Tokyo, and Moscow have joined the initiative.

There are many ways in which people can claim recognition of important issues such as culture, dance and art of a nation, this is one of those positive initiatives that unite once again issues that are strongly linked as are art and culture.


LatinAmerican Post | Ana María Aray Mariño

Translated from "Ciento por ciento Bolivia: el evento que pone a bailar el mundo"

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