I recently spent four months in South America ending my trip in Bogota, Colombia. The streets are jam packed with graffiti and various street art, so it really is a feast for the eyes. A great way to see the city is through Bogota Bike Tours that have a tour specifically for street art. A […]
Ondatropica is a musical project led by Mario Galeano, from Frente Cumbiero, and British producer, Will Holland (aka. Quantic), to explore the tropical sounds of Colombia in a journey that connects stars from the past with upcoming musicians. It was recorded at the legendary Discos Fuentes studio in Medellín. The result of this amazing project about Colombia’s collective memory will be featured during the cultural programme of the London Olympics in collaboration with the British Council.
This is the second film by Colombian director Ciro Guerra, exploring the myth of the curse of The Devil’s Accordion. It’s a very popular urban myth in the north of this country.
Take ‘em boring books off the bookshelf! Artist Miler Lagos’s book igloo is gravity defying. Just don’t pull out the wrong book. The Colombian artist arranged the books in a neat dome to explore the dynamics between nature, culture, and material possessions. The structure uses nothing more than carefully aligned books.
This is an amazing poster campaign for a book exchange initiative in Colombia. Each poster features a subtle mesh up: Snow White/Sherlock Holmes, Harry Potter/Troy, Little Red Riding Hood/Moby Dick. The headline reads “come with a story and leave with another’. Brilliant! Take a minute to see all the details.
Rock al Parque is the largest open-air free music festival in Latin America, held at the el Parque Simon Bolivar in Bogota, Colombia. This year the main guest, as usual, was the heavy rain. However, more than 300,000 people enjoyed the powerful and eclectic tunes of 45 bands from England, Spain, Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, America, France and, of course, Colombia, since the aim of the festival is to showcase upcoming local bands. The Philharmonic Orchestra of Bogota is in charge of this unique open party, which has been gathering youngsters from all the corners of this ten million city, and beyond, for fourteen years.
People might tell you Melbourne is the country’s caffeine capital, and those Victorians sure know how to whip up a mean latte. But if you’re in the inner-city Sydney suburbs, you might want to drop into The Reformatory Caffeine Lab to grab one of the nation’s most serious cups of coffee.
We didn’t know cycling was into risqué nowadays. At the recently-concluded ‘Instituto Distrital de Recreacion y Deporte’ in Italy, the Colombian women’s cycling team became the center of attention after going up on stage with their head-turning outfits.
8-year-old Didier from Colombia was unkindly labelled as ‘Turtle boy’ after he developed a shell-like growth on his back caused by a rare illness called Congenital Melanocytic Nevus. His mother Luz said, “He felt very bad as it impeded him from doing a lot of the activities he enjoyed doing. When he heard people calling […]
Colombia-based creative Felipe Salazar has possibly nailed down the best classifieds ad we’ve seen ever. Done for a kitchen design company, the subtly tweeked text shows up the outlines of a kitchen peeping through these busy lines. Plus, it actually makes us even want to read the classifieds at all, which is quite an achievement.
Here’s a teacher on a mission! For more than ten years, Luis Soriano Bohorquez has been delivering books to children in rural parts of Colombia, all on the back of a donkey. He stores all the books in his own home – 3,480 in total – and carries 120 books at a time aboard his […]
We’ve seen lamps made of PET bottles, just not like these. Madrid-based product designer Alvaro Catalán de Ocón was moved by how deeply entrenched the problem of plastic waste polluting the Colombian Amazon was when he was involved in a 2011 project led by psychologist and activist Hélène Le Drogou. In 2012, he returned to […]
Mr. Fox has traveled all over the world, from the mountains of Colombia to the romantic streets of Paris and to the calming waters of Oahu. In fact, that stuffed fox has probably traveled more than the average stuffed animal – lucky guy. This stuffed toy was given to 3-year-old Jessica Johnson more than 30 […]
Colombian artist Diana Beltran Herrera crafts paper exhibits of the ‘chillingly disengaged relationship’ between the human existence and nature around us. Her series of realistic paper sculptures explores themes of temporality, change and transformation through displays of various bird and flower species that have recently suffered as their habitats have changed.
The circle of life for billions of trees is usually to grow, to be cut down, to end up as a book or newspaper. Colombian artist Miler Lagos reversed this fate in his wonderful installation Fragments of Time in which he presents 15 tree trunk-looking pieces that were made of piled and carved newspaper.