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La MacarenaOn November 27, La Macarena neighborhood will spring to life with the second edition of its Macarenazo Festival, bringing together gastronomy, music and handcrafts.


The bohemian area of La Macarena has been compared to London’s Soho, Palermo in Buenos Aires and even parts of New York. That is probably overstating things a bit, but for sure this little part of the city, with its wide variety of restaurants, cafes, bars and galleries is a great place to hang out.

The Macarenazo Festival Foundation created the event to showcase all the things the area has to offer. It’s a one-day festival that will take place between 11am and 5pm on Carrera 4A between Calle 26B and 30. Don’t miss the chance to soak up the atmosphere, enjoy the food and drink and maybe even pick up a few Christmas presents.

The organisers want to promote La Macarena as an alternative spot in the city that is both secure and trendy.

David, the co-owner of Takrai, a great little thai restaurant in the area that will take part in the festival, told us that he thought it is an excellent way to publicise the gastronomy and art that’s available.

“We hope that lots of people will come to see the gastronomic options on offer in the area, which are very good, varied and often unknown. It’s also a chance to get to know the artisans and independent designers here.”

Claudia Pedraza, a member of the organising committee of the Festival, says it’s also about creating opportunities for young people and entrepreneurs. “We want people to come to the area and see a neighborhood that is trying to overcome all the adversities that currently affect our country, such as insecurity and lack of employment.”

It’s an event for all the family – even pets are invited. There will be live music, workshops for children and free vaccination for dogs. It is being organised with support from the local community, restaurants, the Santa Fe town hall, Idartes and the police.

Pedraza explained that last year’s event was a big hit. “We didn’t promote the event and around 3,000 people turned up. This year we expect it to be bigger, because of the promotion on social media and the help of the Culture and Tourism Department.”


By María Alejandra Jaramillo

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