To celebrate the election of Evo Morales as the first indigenous president in a Latin American country Bolivia will be the focus for the El Sueño Existe festival. Its new Constitution is an inspiration to everyone who looks to a sustainable future.

Movements of indigenous peoples are making great strides in Latin America. They are revitalising languages and cultures that empires and markets have suppressed and diminished. At the beginning of the festival there will be a day of information and discussion about indigenous cultures in Latin America and Wales.

It is easy to stand up for indigenous languages and cultures at the other side of the world – but what about the British Isles? El Sueno Existe will offer a new perspective for people from outside Wales to understand the vital significance of the Welsh language and culture. For Welsh speakers on the platform and in the audience it is an unusual opportunity to argue their case with visitors to Wales in a serious and positive context.

Throughout the festival the themes of this introductory day will weave through the music with films, performances, demonstrations and other events relating to Latin America and Welsh language and culture

It is easy to stand up for indigenous languages and cultures at the other side of the world – but what about the British Isles? El Sueno Existe will offer a new perspective for people from outside Wales to understand the vital significance of the Welsh language and culture. For Welsh speakers on the platform and in the audience it is an unusual opportunity to argue their case with visitors to Wales in a serious and positive context. Throughout the festival the themes of this introductory day will weave through the music with films, performances, demonstrations and other events relating to Latin America and Welsh language and culture

14TH August 2009

10am to 5pm, Y Tabernacl, Machynlleth

MAIN SPEAKERS

Luzmila Carpio, Quechuan Leader from Bolivia, Musician and Bolivian Ambassador to France

Dafydd Iwan, President of Plaid Cymru-The Party of Wales, and Singer

A panel of people from Wales and Bolivia will explore key aspects of politics and culture related to the speakers’ themes.

PROGRAMME

Morning

10 am Song / performance at the entrance

10.15 Introduction of Bolivian Ambassador to the UK

10.30 Language diversity, human expression and human rights.
Ned Thomas, Academic Director, Mercator Institute, Aberystwyth University

11.15 Coffee

11.45 The Bolivian Inspiration
Luzmila Carpio: the contribution of indigenous cultures to the modern world, the Bolivian experience.
(Simultaneous translation)

12.20 The Welsh Movement
Dafydd Iwan: A personal reflection on the Welsh movement
Simultaneous translation)

1.00 pm Buffet lunch

Performance Stalls, bookstalls, exhibitions

Afternoon

2 .15 Language diversity, human expression and human rights
Panel of Welsh and Bolivian speakers with audience participation to explore the theme of the day. Menna Machreth, Gwion Lewis, Beatriz Souviron Bolivian Ambassador to UK
Facilitator Ben Gregory

4.15 pm Song/ performance

Simultaneous translation will be available for all sessions.

SATURDAY MORNING

Debate on Friday’s themes within the programme of the music festival
at 10.30 am with Francisco Dominguez, Beatriz Souviron and Lucy Taylor

Throughout the festival on Saturday and Sunday
Alongside music and song there will be workshops and discussions on both Latin American and Welsh music/culture.