The Carnaval de Negros y Blancos is an annual event in the Southern Colombian city of Pasto. The event is very popular with Colombians and foreign tourist. January 5th is the Dia de Los Negros, on this day all of the participants paint themselves black which symbolizes a lack of distinction within races. The festival has created a theme of a mutual desire for tolerance and respect between all people.
The Feria de Manizales is one of Colombia's biggest festivals with days of contests, parades, cultural events and many other activities. A Beauty Pageant is also held with contestants from all around the world.
Hay Festival Cartagena
The Hay Festival is a four-day event that promotes culture and social issues. Events that showcase literature, visual arts, cinema, music, geopolitics, journalism, and the environment are held.
In 2003 the carnival was declared a Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO. The Barranquilla Carnaval has a reputation for being one of the world's biggest parties. Parades, processions, music, and cultural activities turn the city into a week-long celebration.
Festival Iberoamericano de Teatro en Bogotá is one of the biggest drama festivals in the world. The festival takes place every two years and is scheduled next for April 2014. The event draws over two million people and includes 450 performances in theatres and 150 street performances. Bogotá Film Festival, October, 2013. This yearly international film festival has been held since 1984.
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Feria Internacional del Libro De Bogotá
Feria Internacional del Libro De Bogotá is one of the largest book fairs in the world. Every year publishers, authors and other book- related companies come together at the Corferias complex west of El Centro. This event is open to the public.
Holy Week in Mompox is considered a special event in Colombia. Processions and ceremonies are performed throughout the entire week. A special ceremony called the Serenade to the Dead is observed to honor deceased loved ones.
The Festival Vallenato
The Festival Vallenato takes place every year in the last week of April in Valledupar. For five days the city becomes an enormous party full of parades, shows, contests and multiple forms of music. The festival is covered by over two hundred members of national and international media outlets.