Music• The music that is found in Chile is Folklore• The music in Chile reﬂects the spirit of the people that live there.• The musical style of the Nueva Cancion originated in Chile.• Well known names in contemporary music in Chile are Inti Illimano, Illapu, & Congreso.• An important traditional song is the Cueca. Another form of Chilean song is the Tonada. The differences are melodic sections in the song & the Tonada is not danced to.• The most common musical instruments in Chile are panpipes, quenas, and ﬂutes called tarkas.
Art• Chilean artists don’t receive much ﬁnancial support for their work.• The Chilean Ministry of Education created a national fund in 1992 called Fondart to help the development of art & culture.• Graphic arts have been dominated by paintings• Museum of Fine Arts & the Museum of Contemporary Arts in Santiago hold many of the major works of Chilean artists since the 19th century.• Written arts such as poetry has been the leading form within Chilean literature.• The poem La Araucana by Spanish poet Alonso de Ercilla, is Chile’s ﬁrst major literary work.
Dance• The Folk music that Chile provides also inspires the best performance arts.• The national dance of Chile is the Cueca.• The Cueca is inﬂuenced by African and Spanish dancing.• The courting dance is that of a hen & a rooster.• The male performer is aggressive while the female is elusive & demure.• The Cueca could be performed different ways depending on your location (Cueca Chilota or The Northern Cueca)• Festivals are enjoyed through celebrations of dancing.