Festival Folclorico

The artwork “COLOMBIAN FOLKLORE FESTIVAL” is a work of cultural – Investigation, of constumbrist genre, that brings together in a same context the identity, the memory, the sense of belonging and the recovery of the popular traditions of the people from Tolima, where all the cultures of the country come every year to represent the Folklore of their own regions, twinning a folkloric map of Colombia.

On a stage that represents the plateau of the city Ibague, are engraved the autochthonous musical instruments of Colombia and over them, the tri-ethnicity and the miscegenation, the representation of the various musics, dances, costumes, gastronomy, craftwork, customs and traditions, myths and legends from the different regions of the country. Framing the scenario, “Los guaduales” from the Master Jorge Villamil and the Ocobos, the representative tree of the city

At the back, a landscapist scenography makes an allusion to “Los Nevados” National Park, standing out in its order, the peaks: “Nevado del Ruiz”, “Santa Isabel” and Tolima, there, where the Combeima river is born, that feeds and bathes like a pentagram the “Musical City of Colombia”.

In the centre, the Sun of the deer (“Sol de los venados”) lights up the scene, embraced by the majestic night where the Moon hides, source of inspiration of painters, writers and poets, on one side of the central mountain range, the silhouette of the laying down indigenous (“indio acostado”) and on the right side, a white ship called “La Piragua” sails on the great Magdalena River, the main affluent and means of transport of Colombia, at the back an allegory to the acoustical shell of Ibagué and above, an indian headdress (indigenous “tocado”) as a representation of our ancestors, above a platform, the queen that adorns the festivity and in the back three stripes of yellow, green and red color, that identify the flag of Ibagué, at the right side a dance of “matachines” with maracas, whistles and graggers live up the party.

Besides, a family moving out in a Jeep, mean of transport used in the old Caldas. On top a picture of St. John and St. Peter, protectors of the festivities, a Sacred Heart of Jesus, patron saint of Colombia, and a number of typical objects from a family of the coffee region. In the front, musicians playing the different musical airs of their folklore, duets, trios, music groups, “estudiantinas”, folkoric bands and many more. Representing the typical dresses the “pollera colodada”, representing the cumbia, a guajira’s hillside with a print in the skirt of the Guajira woman representing the Manaure’s salt pans and in her face the coal from Cerrejón, in the “bongo” of the people from San Andres a drawing representing the green moon festival, in the center the Mango tree, in front of Tolima’s government building, witness of the history of the department.

In the bottom, a clay oven used to bake with firewood the various typical viands from Tolimas’s gastronomy and on top of it, the most significant mythological representation of Upper and Lower Magdalena known as “El Mohán”, naked, playing guitar. In front, the artisans from “la chamba” and Nariño and besides two characters with costumes representative of Tolima’s folklore, “The crazy cow” and “The dead carrying the living”.

In the back, a palm-thatched hut featuring the varied and exquisite gastronomy of Tolima, the “Lechona”, the “tamal”, the biscuits of “achira” and other exquisite food made from corn, platano, rice, fruits and other products from the region. At a side, a paisa Chiva bus or mixed transport car baptized as “La Ibaguereña” where the musicians of a traditional band arrive and in their drum, stands out the badge of Deportes Tolima (Tolima’s football team). Below it can be seen a “marimba de chonta”, typical instrument of the pacific coast, declared heritage and a sculpture of the Master Julio Fajardo, entitled “El boga” that honors the fishermen from the rivers of Tolima. At one side, a pre-Columbian sculpture of the Agustinian culture named as “the other me” (“El otro YO”) and many more representative elements of Colombian folklore.

Gustavo Bautizta López
The Author