West Frontier, Pantanal, Corumbá, Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil, South America.
Once wilderness, between the central Brazilian plateau and the largest floodplain of the planet, natural sanctuary intersected by border diversity, vast land of resistance and opportunity.
It is here, in the heart of South America, in Corumbá, in the Pantanal, that spreads beyond the parapet of Generoso Ponce square, flowing through the Paraguay River, of many stories and mysteries, which once again art and culture bring to the Festival América do South Pantanal, to expand the imagination, enrich and opportunize, uniting people, celebrating cultures.
Born in Corumbá in 1946, critics and art historian Aline Figueiredo, at the age of 20, endeavored to search for potential plastic artists in the southern Mato Grosso Uno municipalities and assembled them at the 1st Mato Grosso Artists Painting Exhibition, in the Radio Clube de Campo Grande, in 1966.
The following year he organized, with the emerging artists, the Mato Grosso Association of Arts, which played a fundamental role in the dissemination of regional production. As a result, he designed several national names, such as Jorapimo, Humberto Espíndola, João Sebastião Costa, Clóvis Irigaray, Ilton Silva and Conceição dos Bugres.
Among the five books of his own, the most outstanding are Visual Arts in the Midwest, awarded with the Gonzaga Duque Prize for best art book of 1980; About the ox, awarded with Alejandro José Cabaça Prize, in 1996; and Dalva Maria de Barros – garimpos of the memory, that received Prize Sérgio Milliet, in 2002.
Aline created spaces for art and culture, formed researchers and artists, stimulated research and reflections on the theme. It broke the isolation that the center-west Brazilian lived in the cultural scene, being, consequently, revered nationally for its laudable work throughout the years. Aline is Corumbaense, Brazilian, South American.
For all this, the State Government of Mato Grosso do Sul and the Pantanal South America Festival pay homage to Aline Figueiredo.
With its rich historical heritage, its festive people and the enchantments of the Pantanal filling the eyes of its visitors, the secular Corumbá will be, during 4 days, stage of more than 15 hours daily of the most diverse cultural attractions.
Involving approximately 500 people among artists, artisans, producers, cultural agents and technicians from several states in Brazil and in 6 other countries – Paraguay, Bolivia, Uruguay, Chile, Peru and Argentina – FASP counts more than 60 attractions between musical shows, dance, theater, circus, handicraft shows, audiovisual, indigenous knowledge, lectures, round tables, visual arts, cultural heritage, science and technology, book launches, workshops, promotion of creative economy, cultural training and training, art education, tourism, gastronomy, sports and more.
With unprecedented attractions in Mato Grosso do Sul, which reveal the expression of contemporary South American art, a rich and varied program for all ages and providing democratic access to culture, the FASP will be located in the Brazilian cities of Corumbá and Ladário and of the Bolivian Puerto Quijarro and Puerto Suárez, breaking borders, promoting cultural exchange and providing culture to all social classes. Check out the daily schedule:
Affectionately called the White City, due to the abundance of limestone in its soil, the bicentennial Corumbá, strategically located on the right bank of the Paraguay River, is situated on the border of Mato Grosso do Sul and Bolivia, in the heart of the largest floodplain in the world: Pantanal.
With its rich biodiversity and beautiful natural landscapes that enchant tourists from all over the world, Corumbá is a multicultural port that over the centuries has received European influences, platines and Arabs, among others, that have merged with native and Luso-Brazilian culture, resulting in in an honest, playful and playful people, who receives with joy its visitors.
For many years the city was the main trading post of southern Mato Grosso, one of the most important river ports in South America, at a time when the waters of the Paraguay River were the region’s main access routes to the world.
Nowadays, Corumbá preserves its architectural house, which is listed as a historical heritage, its cuisine with varied elements brought by the frontier peoples, the pantaneira music played in the viola de trough, a rudimentary instrument that contrasted with the sounds of nature in other times, brightening the life of its inhabitants.
On its hillsides and cobblestone streets we see the Bolivian neighbors breeding their typical Andean clothing, the foreign tourist with his photographic camera, enthused by such beauty, the fresh fish being taken from the river to the copper pots, we hear conversations in Spanish , Guarani, Portuguese and English … In short, we see the past and glimpse the future.