Photo from Santiago a Mil.
Since 1994, every year the stages and plazas and theaters of Santiago light up for three weeks in January, with Santiago a Mil. The name means Santiago for 1,000, referring to the fact that many of the productions cost 1,000 CLP, or about two dollars. Many are also free, though some cost more, including the most expensive tickets, which cost up to 20,000 CLP (about US $40), though most cost considerably less, at under $12 US.
The non-profit foundation that runs the event pulls together performers from Chile and around the world for music, dance, theater, light and other presentations all around Santiago, and this year, in Talca in the south, and Iquique and Antofogasta in the north.
There will be performances from Chile, as well as 25 other countries, and one of the headlining events will be Théâtre du Soleil, which will present “Los Náufragos de la Loca Esperanza,” (The Castaways of the Fol Espoir) which will take place in and transform the Estación Mapocho into a boat, in which passengers (the public) will “travel” through Patagonia. Read more about it, with a small section in English, here.
For full program details of what’s happening and when and where, see the Santiago a Mil website. The programming runs from the 3rd to 22nd of January, and many of the performances are repeated on a series of days and in various locations around the city.