Last night Natalia and I packed into Plaza de Armas with 20,000 other fans for the tribute concert to legendary Chilean folklorist Violeta Parra. The Plaza looked stunning lit up at night with shadows projected onto the historic museum and post office. There was a great line up of musical talent including Francisca Valenzuela, Camila Moreno, Alvaro Henríquez, Inti Illimani Histórico, Anita Tijoux and Pedro Aznar.
My concert photos weren’t so great, so I’ve added a couple here from the review on Clarin.com.
In typical Chilean style the lively crowd took every opportunity to chant political slogans between songs - everything from education reform to opposition to dams in Patagonia. There’s a lot of passion in the way they live life and the protester spirit of Violeta Parra really brought it out.
So another unbeatable night in Santiago - which got even better when we jumped into the metro to head home and there was an accordianista and violinista in the subway car playing some more beautiful music.
"Don’t cry when the sun is gone, because the tears won’t let you see the stars." - Violeta Parra