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100 Violets Seminar

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We will gather in one of the main cultural capitals in Europe to commemorate the work of Violeta Parra in her centenary. To that end we have organised a series of artistic and academic events in London.

100 Violets is a series of celebrations around the world, idea which started in the Chilean University of Concepción. Here in London we propose a project that focuses on the technical aspects of the artist from an academic analysis in a simposium to be held at King's College London, of the University of London.



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This symposium aims to analyse Violeta Parra´s work as a poet, musician and plastic artist, with contributions from specialists in various aspects of her work.

9.30 KCL Morning introductions after coffee/tea welcome

10.00 Consuelo Rivera-Fuentes, Chilean academic, poet, writer and editor, will introduce us to Violeta Parra, the poet and creator of DECIMAS, rhymed verses intended to depict life without restrictions or censorship.

11.00 Ignacio Rivera-Volosky, Chilean musician doing a PHD al Goldsmiths College at present, will concentrate on Violeta Parra’s work as influential folk lore investigator, her family and geographical background. He will consider the role of Violeta’s brother , the poet Nicanor Parra, to illustrate the inspiration that guided her systematic journey in search of traditions rooted mainly in the southern and central regions of Chile

12.00 Ignacio Rivera-Volosky will co-present with colleague Alejandro Reyes, Chilean folk singer resident in UK who met Violeta Parra while learning as her disciple and being a member of the musical group Cuncumen. He is a witness of Violeta’s stylised approach to rhythm and harmonies that have survived until today.

13.00 BREAK + Sandwiches + Fruit + Juices . Afternoon introductions.

14.00 María Bernardita Batlle, Chilean PhD student at KCL, will talk about the role of Violeta Parra as one of the first women to break some established gender barriers in the world of Chilean folk music.

15.00 Professor Catherine Boyle, KCL, will examine Violeta’s cultural project known as “la Carpa de La Reina” (1965-1966), which preceded the artist’s suicide in 1967.

16.00 Lorna Dillon (UK) an academic who completed her PHD at KCL on Violeta Parra’s visual artistic works and has a recent book in English on the subject, will refer to the Chilean artist’s multiple talents.

17.00 Close + Chat

NB: These talks will be conducted predominantly in Spanish.


For more info about the other 100violets events go to http://www.hundredviolets.com

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