La Cumparsita celebrated its 100-year anniversary on April 29, 2017. In Uruguay—where Gerardo “Becho” Matos Rodriguez composed it—it is a symbol of identity, proclaimed in 1998 as “Cultural and Popular Hymn of the Oriental Republic of Uruguay.” UNESCO recognized its universal significance and incorporated it in the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 2009.
Poetry is the song of the soul. Those who write verses summarize their feelings in a magical space. Mario Benedetti gave the Spanish-American world a close—intimate perhaps—contact with poetry.
Oceania is the smallest continent of the planet. It is located to the south of the Pacific Ocean, to the west of the Indic Ocean and to the south of the Asian continent. It is comprised of the Australian continental platform, New Zealand, and the Polynesian, Micronesian and Melanesian archipelagos. Fiji belongs to the latter.
The first receptacle of memory is the imagination. To protect it from oblivion, human beings began replicating the voices of nature, naming each thing in their environment—and also within themselves—creating voices until they shaped their own language.
In Bhutan, art remains an essential part of daily life that retains the purity and handcraft of ancient times that rarely manifests itself in Western Culture.
Between the years 900 and 200 BC, exceptional beings were born in different parts of the world, who eventually became essential for the religious and philosophical thought of the world.
Our imagination goes wild at the thought of this place on earth where Africa and Europe face each other; from the Rock of Gibraltar, nestled in the Iberian Peninsula, the African coasts of Ceuta (Spanish colony in Moroccan territory) sit clearly in the horizon.
The existence of the Pillars of Hercules has been narrated since archaic times. They are present in Phoenician tradition, who associated the rocks, at each end of the Gibraltar Strait.
The coming together of worlds, which took place in the Americas 524 years ago, generated an endless series of consequences; among them we can celebrate the forthcoming of different languages and cultures that resulted from the intermixture of diverse nations that converged in the universe called “the Great Caribbean”
Art always imitates a fraction of reality, history, culture and the psyche of the artist. This is true in Derek Walcott’s work, native of Saint Lucia, who illustrates Caribbean daily life through the metaphors of his poems and the action in his plays.