We Are Culture and KULTRUN Launched

We Are Culture and KULTRUN Launched

This year Neruda Arts first annual Indigenous and world music festival, Kultrún, will premier as part of We Are Culture– a joint venture between Neruda Arts and MT Space that will see the two arts organizations join forces to present 8 weeks of diverse cultural programming from September 24 to November 17. The We Are Culture initiative culminates with Kultrún November 14-17. Festival schedule

Kultrún (pronounced “kull-troon”) recognizes the centrality of Indigenous artists in the creation of world music. Neruda Arts’ Artistic Director, Isabel Cisterna, named the festival after the first peoples of her native Chile.

For the Mapuche people of Chile, a Kultrún is not simply a drum - conceptually it represents their beliefs and vision of the universe. Within this vision lies the diversity of the seasons, the cardinal points and the fraternity and fertility of all living things. Kultrún is the heartbeat of life embodied in the sound and rhythm of the drum.

The heartbeat in Neruda Arts’ Indigenous and world music festival –  many exceptional performances plus some equally exceptional free events such as our Family Day, lunch-hour concerts, a poetry slam, workshops, and a symposium on Indigenous art practices. You can participate in Kultrún by attending concerts, volunteering or simply by spreading the word!

Some of the artists you can see at the over 12 Kultrún concerts:

  • Juno nominated, Amanda Martinez debuting her new album, Mananna
  • Innu reggae artist Shauit, from the northern Quebec community of Maliotenam
  • Multilingual, multicultural super-group, Nomadic Massive
  • Chadian a cappella group, H’sao
  • Laetitia Zonzambé from the Central Republic of Africa
  • Best International Indigenous Artist of 2013 Nominee, Joel Maripil

FREE EVENTS at Kultrún:

  • Family Day featuring Cafe Con Pan, Nomadic Massive, Joel Maripil and Patricio Chico
  • Symposium on how Indigenous music, theatre and other art practices shape  performance trends
  • Two lunch-hour concerts and a Poetry Slam at the Working Centre
  • A rap and hip hop workshop by International Ambassador of hip hop culture, Vox Sambou
  • A workshop with Joel Maripil and Patricia Chico on how to mix traditional and electronic music
  • Chilean Muralist Collective, Alapinta, will demonstrate how they combine graffiti art and painting to create their stunning murals

For additional information on We Are Culture, Impact 13, or Kultrún the following materials are available: