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Lima Rescues Experimental Tunes for Future Generations.
La Sonoteca audio session in Lima, Peru.
Peru has long been known for its rich indigenous and colonial history and its gastronomical culture. But the Andean country is also making waves with a flourishing experimental music scene. Riding the crest of this wave is Lima-based La Sonoteca.
La Sonoteca is a digital library of Peruvian electronic music that archives the work of over 70 artists. Planning began in 2006 when organizers of a local music festival realized that a formidable collection of music dating back to the 1960s risked destruction unless they could find a way to preserve it. In 2007, they received help from Telefónica Perú's Centro Fundación Telefónica (CFT), which was established to help support and distribute cultural expressions that use new media technologies.
In the Caribbean, there’s a popular saying: “When the people of Trinidad and Tobago aren’t celebrating Carnival, they’re preparing for it.” It’s easy to believe when you see just how much planning goes into the month-long holiday, which climaxes with three days of festivities in Port of Spain just before Ash Wednesday (March 6–8 in 2011).
The phrase “Taiñ Azkintun” in the Mapudungun language of the Mapuche people of Chile translates into English as “our view.” It is also the name of an innovative arts training program, launched in 2010, to teach young indigenous Chileans—who constitute 4 percent of the national population—how to capture their ideas and experiences on video.
Way off the beaten path on Chile’s Navarino Island, Puerto Williams sits on the Beagle Channel in the Straits of Magellan. Surrounded by one of the world’s most pristine ecosystems, the naval town offers intrepid explorers the chance to see remote and untouched landscapes.
1. Sail to Antarctica. Puerto Williams is becoming a popular departure port for Antarctica. Several agencies in town will help you get there. Options range from cruises to small yacht tours. Trips last from 10 days to 3 weeks.
2. View the Mini Forests. Just outside town, El Parque Omora is known as the miniature forest of Cape Horn. It houses 5 percent of the world’s moss, lichen and liverwort species. The best way to admire the microflora is through what locals refer to as “tourism with a hand lens.”