Festival, inspired by the life of Victor Jara, on the Weekend of 22/23/24/July 2005.
The weekend starts on Friday evening. There will be an exhibition commencing in The Tabernacl on 20th July . This will include prints and text by Ariel Dorfman[Chilean playwright] and Peter Griffin. Also included will be a set of patchhworks depicting life under the dictatorship created by women in shantytowns around Santiago and by Chilean refugees living in Sheffield.
The opening evening of the festival will take place in The Tabernacl; the Arts Centre of Machynlleth and on the Saturday the festival site will be in the grounds of Celtica.

The Saturday programme will begin with a Human Rights Discussion forum and will be followed by a rolling programme of Chilean and Welsh music , music and dance workshops, a stall village with participants from a wide spectrum of Latin American and environmental groups. There will be poetry, choirs and a Samba band appearing at various locations in the town . Musicians of all levels are very much encouraged to bring their instruments as there will be plenty of opportunity for informal playing. The White Lion pub in Machynlleth is one  location where musicians and poets will be welcomed.
Over the past few years the group that formed Mind Out For Music have arranged evening concerts and events based on the Chilean New Song Movement , and particularly the life and work of Victor Jara who was a central figure in its creation and development.

Victor Jara was a great Chilean musician, song writer and theatre director. His life has become a symbol of one of the most beautiful and inspiring experiences of the twentieth century: a new kind of democracy, in which even the poor can participate fully to change their lives for the better.When that democracy was overturned by the coup of 1973, Victor Jara was seen as such a threat that he was imprisoned, tortured and murdered by the incoming military junta. Yet he is celebrated still, and with great fervour , in his home country of Chile. Across the world there are people with quite different national and cultural experiences who have found that Victor Jara symbolizes their vision, a vision that they share with his Chilean compatriots.

This is the origin of the El Sueno Existe festival in Machynlleth, Mid-Wales.

We felt that Machynlleth was a particularly appropriate venue for this celebration in view of the Welsh nation’s own struggle for self-determination and independence. This has been achieved not only through political action, but also through the artistic and cultural activities of song, dance, poetry, art and theatre, reinforcing and celebrating a unique national identity.

We have no doubt that people will enjoy the music, dance, poetry and theatre of the festival, but we also wanted to explain what lies at the heart of the vision that inspired us to organize it. At a time when the US and UK governments are telling us that violent intervention is the way to spread freedom and democracy throughout the world, we can gain great courage and inspiration from Victor Jara. He showed us that there is indeed another way – a peaceful, joyful and inclusive way of developing and sustaining a true democracy for all.

Festival details

The festival will take place in Machynlleth and will offer a wide spectrum of live music ,dance workshops, theatre, poetry and political discussion.
Quimantu, the wonderful band fronted by Mauricio Venegas will be playing on an outdoor stage on the Saturday night and it is likely that the festival will be attended by Joan Jara , Victor Jara’s widow.

Tickets are £14 in advance; £16 on the day.

Cheques made payable to "Mind Out For Music" and posted to:
Tony Corden , Bryn Tyrnol, Machynlleth, Powys, Wales SY20 8TL. Tony is happy to be contacted by phone for further information on 01654 702166.

The weekend starts on Friday evening. There will be an exhibition commencing in The Tabernacl on 20th July . This will include prints and text by Ariel Dorfman[Chilean playwright] and Peter Griffin. Also included will be a set of patchhworks depicting life under the dictatorship created by women in shantytowns around Santiago and by Chilean refugees living in Sheffield.

The opening evening of the festival will take place in The Tabernacl; the Arts Centre of Machynlleth and on the Saturday the festival site will be in the grounds of Celtica.

The Saturday programme will begin with a Human Rights Discussion forum and will be followed by a rolling programme of Chilean and Welsh music , music and dance workshops, a stall village with participants from a wide spectrum of Latin American and environmental groups. There will be poetry, choirs and a Samba band appearing at various locations in the town . Musicians of all levels are very much encouraged to bring their instruments as there will be plenty of opportunity for informal playing. The White Lion pub in Machynlleth is one  location where musicians and poets will be welcomed.

Machynlleth itself is a beautiful small Welsh town nestling amongst the Cambrian mountains and about 10 miles from the coast. The world famous "Centre For Alternative Technology is in the hills a couple of miles away . There is a train station at Machynlleth with a direct line to Birmingham.