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FILBo 2017

Somos libros at FILBo 2017

As Corferias throws open its doors for almost two weeks of bookish action, there’s talks, authors, cultural celebrations and of course books galore. Our team is on the ground to bring you the best of FILBo 2017.
Salento Colombia

The spectacular sights of Salento

Coffee is not the only reason to visit the quaint village of Salento, there are also wax palms, Willys Jeeps and hummingbirds as David Maas finds out.
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Gender in Spanish – putting gender on the agenda

Diana Mejía looks at some of los problemas you might have, and lays out some of the basic rules to identify and correctly use grammatical gender in Spanish.
Jaime Dangond Daza, Vallenato King

Jaime Dangond Daza: The story of a vallenato king

The country’s biggest vallenato festival will celebrate its fiftieth anniversary this year. As the excitement builds, Milagros Oliveros speaks to current Vallenato King Jaime Dangond Daza – a star in his genre and contender for the King of Kings competition.
Comunidad de Paz de San José de Apartad

Comunidad de Paz de San José de Apartadó: The end is...

Leaders in the Comunidad de Paz de San José de Apartadó, in one of Colombia’s deadliest conflict zones, tell Penelope Glass they are facing more, not less, violence.
fruit seller Bogotá

Bogotá Works: Álvaro the fruit seller

Every day, whether you think of it or not, you’ll come into contact with a whole range of workers – from the TransMilenio driver to the stall-owner who serves your morning tinto. This new column is dedicated to finding out more about their lives, their backgrounds and the things they want you to know about them. In this edition, Álvaro, who has been working as a fruit seller in Bogotá since he moved to the city 21 years ago after having been displaced by the violence in his hometown of Tumaco, speaks to Laura Sharkey.
Colombian coffee

Colombian coffee: The new black gold?

The National Federation of Coffee Growers has a lot to celebrate as coffee production continues to rise but, as the organisation’s president explains, the industry also faces significant challenges. Emma Newbery wakes up and smells the Colombian coffee.
Eurocine Colombia

EuroCine – A feast for film lovers

With Eurocine and the French Classics Cycle, April brings a myriad of movies from across the pond that will thrill, move and amuse you. Jazid Contreras has a rundown of what to expect.
Bogotá Fashion Week

Bogotá Fashion Week: Local design takes centre stage

Bogota’s Chamber of Commerce embraces Bogotá Fashion Week in a bid to highlight the city’s design potential. Phoebe Hopson chats to three absolutely fabulous designers about the upcoming showcase.
FILBo 2017

FILBo 2017

Bookworms that we are, we open the pages of FILBo 2017 and say bonjour to the continent’s biggest celebration of reading. This year it's celebrating 30 years, and we ask how to get the most out of the region’s biggest book fair? Christopher Outlaw gets some expert opinions.
Minuto de Dios Bogotá

Minuto de Dios: A neighbourhood steeped in history

A visit to Bogotá’s far-flung contemporary art museum reveals an interesting look at the working-class barrio of Minuto de Dios. Chris Erb and Eduardo Cote explore the surroundings.
Activists Colombia, Activists deaths

Colombian activists hit hardest by spiralling violence

As Colombian activists, human rights workers, and community leaders continue to be attacked throughout the country, Emma Newbery looks at the causes they are fighting for.
Yuberjen Martínez

Yuberjen Martínez: Punching for glory

‘The money I would have got for winning a bronze medal wouldn’t have been enough for the house I want to buy my mum – that’s why I’m going for gold.’ In just one sentence Yuberjen Martínez won the nation’s hearts during the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
Carlos Duque, Libertad Incondicional

Libertad Incondicional: Photos with the power to set people free

A unique photographic project gives prisoners the chance to imagine themselves against a different backdrop. Phoebe Hopson speaks to the people behind Libertad Incondicional – renowned adman Carlos Duque, and head of Cifras & Conceptos, César Caballero.
Nairo Quintana, Colombian cycling

A wheelie good start for the escarabajos

While the elite cyclists from Northern Europe are getting all their body molecules shaken and stirred on the cobbles in Belgium, France and Holland, our Colombian heroes, the escarabajos, are taking a rest after a splendid start of the season.
Colombian baseball, World Baseball Classic

Colombian baseball empty handed but close to upset

Colombian baseball team finished empty handed in their first appearance at the World Baseball Classic, but earned respect with a victory over Canada and extra innings defeats over Dominican Republic and eventual winners USA.