Historical figure: Fondos Cultura 2023 will allocate more than 5 billion pesos to 412 cultural projects in the Valparaíso Region

· Between the beneficiaries are the youalleres de Kai Kai de la Treasure Humano Vivo Isabel Pakarati; the Tsonami Sound Art Festival; a trolley on Cerro Playa Ancha; improvements to the equipment of the Municipal Theater of Valparaíso; and the Malabicirco International Congress.

A total of $ 5,160,957,766 million reached this year the delivery of Culture Funds 2023 in the Valparaíso Region, a historic figure that will benefit 412 cultural and artistic projects and initiatives who applied to the lines and modalities of National and Regional FONDART, Music, Audiovisual and Book Funds, and Chile Scholarships.

The Seremi de las Culturas, Patricia Mix, pointed out that “this new installment of Culture Funds 2023 brings us very good news for the region, with the significant increase in allocated resources, which allows us to expand territorial coverage in all provinces, with artistic and cultural projects in different communes. The island territories of Rapa Nui and Juan Fernández deserve special mention, where there has been a special emphasis promoting the application, with the purpose of highlighting the important work around ancestral traditions, trades and cultural heritage. To those who have awarded with their creation, training, research, production or other proposals, we wish them every success and that their projects contribute to deepening the exercise of cultural democracy and are the seed of personal and social transformation”.

This year’s Regional FONDART will deliver a total of $6,751 million ($6,750,937,069) to 497 cultural and artistic projects from all regions of Chile. In the case of the Valparaíso Region, they are $ 658,861,376 million that will be allocated to 53 cultural initiatives, of which those belonging to the territories of Rapa Nui and Juan Fernández stand out, which were awarded financing under the Strengthening of Island Expressions modality.

Among these is the project “The art of sculpting wood in Rapa Nui”($6,959,830), historical and ethnographic research on this ancestral trade, the results of which will be published on a website. The images of traditional works will make up a digital catalog that will also serve as a virtual museum of sculptures. The Living Human Treasure, Isabel Pakarati, will continue to foster and encourage the new generations with the art of Kai Kai through the “Mana u Tupuna” project ($7,000,000), through workshops in the Rapanui language for children aged 7 to 14 years. The proposal also contemplates a written recording work, which will contain drawings of these Kai Kai, meanings and related history that will serve as input for workshops to promote traditional rapa expressions. nui.

Through FONDART the project also benefited Te Ki Mau ($6,920,000), courses that will allow people who have managed to learn or are beginning to speak the Rapanui language to handle advanced expressions of the language, through an interactive platform on the Internet, usable from a smartphone or computer, and that allows an autonomous study, at the time and place of choice.

The territory of Juan Fernández was also benefited from this new delivery of funds. One of the initiatives that stands out is the project “The last whaling boat of Juan Fernández”, whose main objective is to rescue the history and design of the boat, a type of boat built by the island’s own artisanal fishermen.

“Being a woman in Juan Fernández” ($7,000,000) is another of the projects of the island territory, which proposes the enhancement of the history and memories of the women of the archipelago, in contexts of territorial and social isolation from the mainland. Another of the beneficiary initiatives is “Casa Isla, Juan Fernández-Creative Territory” ($6,965,957), a space for the development of the arts, research, thought and the promotion of interculturality, which seeks to raise the territory as a point of interest cultural, patrimonial and a pole of national and international tourist promotion.

The Regional FONDART also benefited the realization of the version of the XVII International Sound Art Festival Tsonami 2023 ($49,861,738); the XIV Valparaíso International Photography Festival–FIFV ($49,997,326); the Visual Arts Festival: Expoarte Santo Domingo 2023 ($14,813,830); the Valparaíso Upcycling Station Festival ($29,997,407); the second cycle of transdisciplinary contemporary Mapuche art meetings “Ukulpan zugu ñi nütram II” ($7,229,576); and the project “The living world of objects: the Fonck Museum as a platform for the artistic creation of audiovisuals around local prehistory” ($14,800,000).

In the case of the National FONDART, the Valparaíso Region obtained a total of $664,780,295 for 62 projects. One of the novelties of this year is that for the line Beca Chile Crea de FONDART National care work will be financed (like the other funds, with the exception of the FONDART Regional, which does not have this line). The idea is to provide resources to mothers, fathers, caregivers and caregivers to reconcile the development of this type of project and the protection of children.

Among the initiatives in our region, the project “Donation of the Chilean instrument Vihuela Andina to artistic schools” ($22,968,536) stands out in the line of creation, which considers the making of this Chilean instrument created by Mauricio Garay and its dissemination in school communities in the South of the country. Another project, which was prepared before the mega-fire in Viña del Mar, is “Kan Kan, the whisper of the palm” ($14,105,783), by Ximena Bórquez, which proposes carry out a graphic, sound and audiovisual translation of the Chilean palm together with artists and community organizations in palm groves in the Valparaíso Region to create and produce graphic works, a sound capsule and a video. Another awarded project was presented by the designer Keitty Álvarez, and consists of the realization of the “Videos Creative Workshops Ideakits 2” ($18,884,132), which seek to develop the creativity of girls and boys who spend a lot of time using technology, this through a methodology that mixes the digital with the analog through artistic achievements.


In the National Fund for the Promotion and Development of the Performing Arts, 53 projects were selected, among which $660,158,105 will be distributed. Among these initiatives is the International Congress of Juggling and Circus Arts (CIMAC) Valparaíso 2023-2024, from Malabicirco, with the largest amount, $69,144,000. Other projects that stand out in the “Festivals and meetings” line are the 7th FESTILAMBE of Valparaíso-International Festival of Lambe Lambe Theater of Chile-Sharing Humanity ($46,988,136) and the Children’s Festival of Hijuelas ($24,997,166) to charge of the entity Sabia Escuela de Saberes.

In the line of “Creation and production of scenic productions” are “Bastián y Bastiana, a magical opera on the island of Chiloé” ($24,996,171), which is based on Mozart’s creation and seeks to bring opera closer to boys, girls and families through the presentation of a didactic show in Spanish that will be presented in different cultural spaces in the Valparaíso Region; The project “Don Quixote has sent you a friend request” was also selected. Classic texts for a young audience”, by Carlos Basualdo, and in the Research line the initiative “Myriam Espinoza Vergara, 50 years dedicated to Social Theater in Valparaíso. Assessment of the life, work and contribution to the performing arts of the outstanding Buenos Aires actress and director”, by María Jesús Rosenkranz; while in the line of “Training Programs” is the “School of Performing Arts ARTESCESOR”, of the Foundation for an Inclusive Chile, which will offer 40 places for performing artists from the deaf community who will be part of this initiative that will convene companies and National teachers and from other countries.


This year the Book Fund will allocate resources to 146 projects in the region for $1,088,912,581 million. Among these, the initiative “La troleteca: Enabling and improving the trolleybus as a popular library in the La Explanada de Valparaíso population” ($18,906,240) stands out, which will provide public access to reading and multiple cultural, heritage and educational activities to that community on the hill Wide Beach; the project “Escuelas de Librarianixs Populares” ($19,933,990) resources were also awarded to promote the participation of managers from 10 communes belonging to the Greater Valparaíso Popular Library Network, through meetings and workshops to exchange knowledge that will be held at the Valparaíso Profundo café; At the Petorca Preventive Detention Center, a cycle of workshops will also begin, through the project “Tinta Negra: Creative and autobiographical writing in CDP Petorca” ($10,283,139), to promote reading and writing in persons deprived of liberty such as reinsertion pathway.

The “Reading Circles for Women in the Panquehue commune” initiative ($9,216,000) is another of the benefited projects, as well as “Health stories: reading mediation in hospitals” ($7,448,879); the literary project with a gender perspective “Quiltras” ($6,328,000); and “Narration and recording of audio stories: virtual workshop for people with blindness and/or low vision” ($8,254,356).

In the case of the Music Fund, $526,818,454 will be allocated for 53 cultural projects, among which is the “Improvement of equipment of the Municipal Theater of Valparaíso” ($15,653,412), which will allow the acquisition, implementation and professionalization of the equipment sound technician for the stage of this traditional cultural space; “Trigal Catalog 2023 Independent Record Label Trigal Ltda.” ($19,991,140), an initiative that seeks the production, dissemination, circulation, and distribution of music so that both the label and its artists can position themselves and become visible on the local, national, and international music scene; just like him “Series of concerts Online Estéreo Marga Marga Season 3” ($11,576,981), a series of six programs that will disseminate the musical works and creative processes of bands and soloists from said province.

The NGO Desarrollo La Matriz was also awarded money to promote its project “Orquesta Infanto-Juvenil La Matriz, Música y Patrimonio en el Barrio Puerto” ($9,936,850), whose objective is to consolidate the artistic, social and educational project focused on children, girls and young people who live in the Barrio Puerto sector in Valparaíso, who make up the orchestra made up of string instruments and percussion.

One of the reasons for this significant increase in resources is in the Audiovisual Fund, where this year a total of $1,561,426,955 will be delivered for 45 projects, one of them being the making of the animated film “Tata Miguel”, by Audiovisual Production Llolleo Creativo, which from the Litoral de los Poetas will develop this film production that addresses the story of an old fisherman who in the last days of his life decides to start the search for his youthful love accompanied by his son and granddaughter. An amount of $324,880,329 was assigned to this production.

Other projects financed by the Audiovisual Development Fund are: the feature documentary “Iberia” ($116,41,176), by Athar Medios; the next version of Fecich; Ojo Pescado with version 12 of its festival and the V International Seminar Childhood wants cinema; the ValparaísoLab Audiovisual Incubator of La Joya Producciones; the Cine Arte de Viña del Mar project “55 years of cinema and culture-Investment in technical and generational replacement for the new times of change”; and the improvement of the Cineteca of the PUCV.

Historical figure: Fondos Cultura 2023 will allocate more than 5 billion pesos to 412 cultural projects in the Valparaíso Region