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.
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.