el sueno existe in machynlleth

Next weekend (aug 29-31) the Victor Jara festival, El Sueno Existe, will be held in Machynlleth. The festival is held every two years. In addition to the music programme (see here), there is a political session on the Friday (see here), and workshops during Saturday. Amongst the performers is Dafydd Iawn, whose Song for Victor Jara helped raise awareness of the events in Chile amongst Welsk speakers. This year the festival is remembering 40 years since the coup against the Salvador Allende government. One of the speakers is Victor Figueroa Clark. Victor launched his new book this month about Allende’s life – Salvador Allende, Revolutionary Democrat (Pluto Press).

Victor will be familiar to some within the Welsh Campaign as the union worker with our sister organisation NSC in London. Victor created a lot of discussion after writing an article about Nicaragua for the Red Pepper magazine (see here for 21st century Sandinismo). Some saw the article as being too supportive of the Daniel Ortega government. The Campaign was invited to respond to Victor’s article by Red Pepper, but we declined as we agreed with a lot of the points he raised.

The Campaign will be taking part in a workshop during the festival, about the impact of the ALBA on Nicaraguan people.

More details about the events being organised to mark the coup can be found here. Future events include film screenings in Theatr Clwyd in Mold and a meeting in the National Assembly in Cardiff.

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