If you’re looking for a last-minute and down-home thing to do this afternoon and evening, you couldn’t go wrong hopping over to Barrio Yungay, a “typical” (middle-class) neighborhood in downtown Santiago, easily walkable from metros Quinta Normal or Cumming on the green line metro, slightly farther from the Union Latinoamerica metro.
The event in question is an annual celebration of middle/lower class culture in Chile, interestingly placed in the backdrop of what is now one of the most international neighborhoods in Santiago, with more than a smattering of Peruvian, Bolivian, Colombian and Chinese residents. The event is about supporting the culture, heritage and architecture of the neighborhood, and is buoyed by arts presentation, sales of handicrafts and other related events.
The schedule for today’s events is as follows:
- Booths set up giving information about the neighborhood and handicrafts sales
from 5 to 8 PM
- Cueca (national dance) performances at the central stage in Plaza Yungay
- Prize ceremonies for dance
- Soccer games and group
- Shared birthday celebrations for people born on January 20th
- Tour through the cultural history of the neighborhood
- Carnival begins, dancing, music, etc.
For more information about the neighborhood, go to the “Defense of Barrio Yungay” website here.
Location: Between Santo Domingo and Rosas, Sotomayor and Libertad, or see a map here. And if you’ve got a hankering for a giant, cheap sandwich along the way, don’t forget to check out Fuente Mardoqueo right near by.