Alejandra Borrero

The many faces of Alejandra Borrero

Alejandra Borrero is many different things to many different people. Some recognise her as the acclaimed actress who set daytime television screens alight for nearly 30 years with roles in over 40 different telenovelas. She’s also managed to turn heads with captivating performances on stage and in film. For others, she’s seen as an integral cog in the vanguard of social progress in Colombia. She was among the first high-profile performers in the country to come out as openly lesbian, something made exponentially more difficult by her conservative upbringing.
Bogotá through the 5 senses

Book review: Bogotá through the 5 senses / Los 5 sentidos...

Bogotá through the 5 senses is a quirky pocket-sized book that calls itself ‘The non-guide to Bogotá’ and aims to be more of a companion as you explore the city’s different zones. Each section contains an introduction to the area (including its DNA), a guided walk and advice from both a bogotana and a foreigner. There’s also a map and a place to make some notes, giving it the feel of an activity book.
Expoartesanías

Expoartesanías in pictures

In Bogotá: top cafes in the city

Coffee shops serve a number of important roles for those who frequent them. For some, cafes are the physical and symbolic starting point of the day; the knob of the French press being the push-to-start ignition for a productive morning. For others, it’s a rendezvous point; the familiar place where groups of friends go when they need to meet up and air out the week’s dirty laundry.
Margaritas in Bogota

Margaritas

The margarita has long been the cocktail of choice for tequila fans everywhere. From date nights to spicy surprises, Laura Sharkey checks out the best Bogota bars for sipping a refreshing cocktail.
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.
Bogota nights out

Nights out

In our newest column we will take a look at some of the great places that the city has to offer. This time we share some of our favourite nights out, whether you’re looking for traditional Colombian vibes, an all-night party or a touch of live music.
electronic music in Bogotá

Electroni-cool: the story of electronic music in Bogotá

Electronic music has been booming in Bogotá for years, and the music scene continues to take audiences to new highs. We speak to Julio Victoria, DJ Adi and Sonico, among others, and take a look at how it all began.
Top 2017 searches in Colombia

Top 2017 searches in Colombia

The minimum wage and Martín Elías were the two most googled terms in Google’s list of top 2017 searches in Colombia. Music and sports featured extensively, while ‘How to be a Latin Lover?’ was the most-asked question.
Get Together

Let’s Get Together and say goodbye to 2017

We speak to the Get Together gang who are getting everybody together again to celebrate a whole year of parties with their usual mix of disco, house and funky grooves on Saturday, December 16.
arcade fire brings everything now and more to colombia for first time

Arcade Fire gave ‘Everything Now’ and more in first ever Colombian...

For the first time ever indie-rock band Arcade Fire played in Bogotá, bringing their infectious energy and career-spanning song-set to stage in the capital...
Bogotá through the 5 senses

Book review: Bogotá through the 5 senses / Los 5 sentidos...

Bogotá through the 5 senses is a quirky pocket-sized book that calls itself ‘The non-guide to Bogotá’ and aims to be more of a companion as you explore the city’s different zones. Each section contains an introduction to the area (including its DNA), a guided walk and advice from both a bogotana and a foreigner. There’s also a map and a place to make some notes, giving it the feel of an activity book.
Voices of Bogotá

Book review: Voices of Bogotá

There are a thousand stories in every barrio in Bogotá. Walk the streets slicked with rain at night and glance up at the windows lit up. Each one hides a tale or two. Voices of Bogotá collects a range of authors, all with a view through a different window in Bogotá.
electronic music in Bogotá

Electroni-cool: the story of electronic music in Bogotá

Electronic music has been booming in Bogotá for years, and the music scene continues to take audiences to new highs. We speak to Julio Victoria, DJ Adi and Sonico, among others, and take a look at how it all began.
New Year in Bogota

New Year in Bogotá

People travelling to Colombia around this time are no different, usually looking for somewhere fabulous to sing the local version of Auld Lang Syne and ring in the new year in style. However, if it’s your first time spending this occasion in the country, you’re probably in for a bit of a surprise.
Víctor Gaviria

Víctor Gaviria: The art of capturing reality

Legendary filmmaker Víctor Gaviria describes how real words can be more powerful than any script as Milagros Oliveros Córdoba finds out more about his journey.
Nicolás Montero

Nicolás Montero: Acting and anthropology

Since February, renowned Colombian actor Nicolás Montero has been the head of one of the country’s most important cultural institutions. The aim is to revive the Teatro Nacional, producing influential content that will enrich the lives of spectators. The the artistic director shares his views on the role of theatre on society and the way that plays can cast our lives in a new light.
Heaven Shall Burn Rock al Parque 2017

Heaven Shall Burn: Heavy metal politics

German death metallers Heaven Shall Burn are one of the biggest names at this year’s Rock al Parque. Guitarist, Maik Weichert discusses human rights, FARC re-integration and veganism with Oliver Pritchard, showing that those who assume metalheads are simple couldn’t be more wrong.
Elkin Robinson

Elkin Robinson talking Creole Vibrations

For all his talent, Elkin is not someone who enjoys bathing in the limelight, although he says he’s getting used to it. “I am a person who sits on my back terrace with the sea, the moon and the music. When I’m on stage I don’t want to be no one different from that.” The singer talks to us about Providencia, island life and his latest album Sunshine.
joyce

Joyce: The ingredients of success

If you’ve ever bought a cake at Carulla, you’ve almost certainly tried a cake made by Joyce, one of Bogotá’s most famous bakeries. After nearly 46 years in the business, founder Joyce Mitrani shares some of the stories and its longevity – though none of her secret recipes. 
SOFA 2016, Genius Cube Store Bogotá

Genius Cube Store: Cubism in action

The Genius Cube Store is a regular feature at SOFA, featuring an impressive array of Rubik’s Cubes and other games that develop logic and strategy. Oli Pritchard pieces together the puzzle behind the store’s success.
Hay Festival Cartagena 2016

Words take over Walled City

As the famed Hay Festival prepares to hit Cartagena once again, Azzam Alkadhi hears from some of those involved and finds out what’s in...
Rock al Parque 2015

Rock al Parque 2015

On a weekend as damp and cold as a dog’s nose, the mountains enshrouded in thick layers of foreboding fog, one corner of Bogota is alive and pulsating. Señor Vikingo spends the weekend at Bogota’s free rock festival and shares his thoughts on the bands on show.
SOFA 2016

SOFA 2016: Cosplay, Community, and Computers!

Phil Stoneman pays a visit to SOFA, Bogotá’s annual geekfest, and finds out that one of the highlights of the year is still as vibrant an event as ever.