As well as trying local food and attending traditional festivals, there are other activities that let you discover what a country's culture is like.
Musical performances are an excellent manner to do so. These events bring together locals and travelers, creating a relaxed and friendly atmosphere to chill out and see another side of your travel destination. We tell you about three musical events taking place in different cities in Chilean Patagonia that let you do just that.
What better way to liven up your trip than listening to local music? Here are three recommendation that will let you have a great time and discover new sounds:
The Regia Sextet Orchestra in Punta Arenas
In 2019, the 26th edition of the Santiago a Mil theatre and music festival reaches Punta Arenas for the first time. Renowned Chilean Orchestra Regia Sextet (La Regia Orquesta Sexteto) will perform on February 9, at 8pm at the Andrés Pérez Amphitheater, free of charge.
The group is made up of six emblematic artists from Chile’s famous music scene. It was created at the end of the 1980s to play the music of the La Negra Ester, a classic Chilean play. Today, the group is still going strong with its performances of Huachuca jazz and cuecas choras, a loud and lively traditional Chilean music style.
Purranque is a small town in Osorno Province in the Los Lagos Region. It’s where the Purranque Festival takes place, a four-day event in which important national artists perform.
It’s a free event that takes place in Purranque Municipal Stadium at 8 pm between January 30 and February 2. The show even includes a children’s section at 4.30 pm on the last day for people attending with kids.
This is one of the most popular summer festivals in Chilean Patagonia. In 2018, around 6,000 people showed up.
There’s also another version of this event that takes place in the countryside on February 6, 14, 16 and 22, starring the following musical groups: Los Llaneros de la Frontera, Rancheros de la Plata, Rancheros del Río Maule, and Amerikan Sound. Where? In the villages of Hueyusca, Crucero, Concordia and Corte Alto, respectively.
Festival of the Criolla Song in Coyhaique
This renowned festival that goes by the name "From the heart to my land" takes place in the second week of February. As in previous years, in 2019 it will be held at the Coyhaique Fiscal Gymnasium (Magallanes 100). More than 2,000 people attend every year.
The festival brings together authors and composers to create criolla music (creole in English), which evokes the roots of Aysén Region with styles such as the waltz criollo, polka criolla, Paso Doble (or Spanish “two-step”) as well as other regional music genres such as ranchera, chamamé, corrido, Estilo, Cifra and the Milonga Surera.
Entrance is free and tickets can be picked up from the municipality.
There are many summer festivals and music events in southern Chile. Pop, rock, tropical and folk musicians, among others, are at the heart of activities in areas that do not usually hold large events. Most of them are free, so it’s essential that you arrive in good time.
Want to learn more about Patagonia while visiting? Check out these 3 mouth-watering culinary events and these sporting events that you can’t miss, which give you more than enough reasons to visit the region!