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Tejo Bogotá

Tejo: A banging good time

There is something intrinsically Colombian about the explosive sport of tejo. Ángela Forero-Aponte goes beyond the gunpowder and alcohol to understand more about this unique activity with roots that go back to pre-colonial times.
Bogotá fashion

Bogotá fashion: Step out in style

Thinking about revamping your wardrobe for the new year? Bogotá fashion expert Monica Valbuena is on hand to give us the inside scoop on some of the hot trends expected to hit the streets this year.
Colombia France 2017

It’s a France Colombia year

December saw a spectacular inauguration to the year of France Colombia, with a light show that paid tribute to Lyon’s famous ‘Fête des Lumières.’ The impressive animations marked the first of over 400 events that will take place in the two countries throughout 2017.
neruda

Neruda

I am the son of politically exiled Chileans, which means there lies a particularly sad nostalgia in watching a movie like Neruda. It tells the story of a tragic history that I never suffered directly, even though I lived in the shadow of its consequences.
La La Land

La La Land

This is a film for all the romantics, dreamers and artists out there, for those whose heart has been broken, for those who have...
Copa Libertadores

Football shorts January

Medellín side Atlético Nacional sits high up on the list of favourites for this season’s continental tournament after winning the Copa Libertadores trophy and reaching the final of the Copa Sudamericana.
The Tour Down Under

Sports roundup January

Tour Down Under The cycling season officially starts on January 14 with the Tour Down Under. Plenty of escarabajos will feature in the nine-day Australian...
Colombian corruption

Combating the Colombian corruption crisis

As Odebrecht admits to bribery on a massive international scale, Emily Hastings examines the impact that corruption has on Colombia and how things might change in the future.
Andrés Felipe Arias

Colombia seeks to extradite Andrés Felipe Arias from US

Former Agriculture Minister Andrés Felipe Arias, who was found guilty of misallocating hundreds of millions of dollars in government subsidies, may be forced to return.
Rafael Uribe Noguera, Yuliana Samboní

Rafael Uribe Noguera trial to begin this month

The trial of Rafael Uribe Noguera, who has been charged with aggravated femicide, kidnapping and rape, is set to begin on January 11. If he is found guilty, he could serve up to 60 years – the maximum sentence allowed by Colombian law.
Enrique Peñalosa

Peñalosa faces recall petition

On January 2 citizen groups filed a petition at the Registraduría Distrital to remove Bogotá mayor Enrique Peñalosa from office, beginning a lengthy procedure that may eventually lead to a public vote on whether he should stay.
Bogotá transport

Bogotá transport woes

A discouraging global study conducted by the transportation app Moovit using data from its 50 million users, shows that the Bogotá transport system is failing with bogotanos spending more time on daily public transit than people in any other city in the world.
ELN Colombia

To talk or not to talk?

Barring any further last-minute maneuvers, the government has announced it will sit down face-to-face with the country’s second largest guerrilla organisation, the National Liberation Army (ELN) on Thursday, January 12.
Ask Jazid, Colombian etiquette

To kiss or not to kiss?

In a new column that aims to answer your questions about Colombian etiquette, customs, and a host of other things that might puzzle visitors to the country, Jazid Contreras valiantly takes up the role of agony uncle. This edition he gives you a Colombian guide to friendly physical contact.
Trabalenguas, Spanish tongue twisters

Spanish tongue twisters: Tres tristes tigres

'Trabalenguas', as the name implies, will get your tongue stuck trying to figure out their pronunciation. Tangle and torment your tongue with Diana Mejía’s tongue twisters.
La Familia Ayara, Don Popo, Rap Bogotá

La Familia Ayara: Voices of the barrios

‘People living in violence and oppression aren’t used to expressing their opinions, but rap debate can let them, and it seems less offensive because it’s art’, says Don Popo, founder of La Familia Ayara. Phoebe Hopson finds out more about the innovative organisation that is empowering people through rap.