Summer is a great time to be a santiaguino (Santiago-dweller), on a permanent or short-stay basis. For those of us who live here, the slower pace and the fact that about half the population is off vacationing at any given time (nearly everyone takes part of or all of either January or February off) make the city a treat. Travelers will also enjoy the relatively easy pace of the city, and will appreciate (like the rest of us) the fact that a nice breeze kicks up most evenings as the sun disappears over the Andes.
Another great feature of the Santiago summer are the tremendous amount of cultural offerings. In January alone we have Santiago a Mil, the Jazz festival, inexpensive theater, more free concerts and several events at the Centro Cultural Palacio La Moneda
Jazz Festival in Providencia, 11th, 12th and 13th of January at 9 PM, at the Parque de Esculturas in Providencia
This jazz festival pulls together international greats for a night of Jazz at the Sculpture Garden just a few blocks from the Pedro de Valdivia metro and not far from the Pedro de Valdivia exit of Cerro San Cristobal. The tickets, sold through TicketMaster range from 3,000 to 15,000 pesos (six to thirty dollars), but if you don’t mind the really cheap seats, you can do as many locals do, and sit outside the garden gates for a free alfresco concert. More than 40 artists will be performing over the course of three days. You can visit the event website here.
11th annual Contemporary Music Concert Series sponsored by the Universidad de Chile
And if you’re not into Jazz, the Universidad de Chile has a four-day concert series at Sala Isidora Zegers, Compañia 1264, from the 10th to the 13th of January featuring contemporary music including piano, flute and clarinet solos with artists from the United States, Chile, Argentina and other countries.
8th Annual Theater Festival in Providencia
Spanish-speakers and learners can amble over to this cultural festival in Parque Bustamante, just steps from the Baquedano metro to catch theater priced from 1500 to 3500 pesos (three to seven dollars) in Providencia’s eighth annual theater festival. Shows are daily at 6:30 (cheaper prices) and 9:30 PM. For more information go to the festival’s website here.
Series of Arts events at the Palacio La Moneda, with something for the kids
Not to be outdone, downtown Santiago is also presenting as series of interactive events during the month of January at the Centro Cultural Palacio La Moneda. From 11-2 and 3 to 6 there is an ongoing art project for children under 12 with adult supervision, with details here. There is also storytelling at noon and 5 PM about Chilean folk artist and singer Violeta Parra every day of the week all summer long (in Spanish)
Hope to see you there!