Mini festival: September 2023

 Mini Festival 2023 : Chile 50 – Weekend of 16th and 17th September   

Weekend tickets on sale! 

There are 4 weekend tickets prices, concessions, (£25) standard (£35) and solidarity (£40) with a 13 – 17 yr old youth price of £15.  ‘Concessions’ is anyone on a low income, students etc. We don’t ask for any proof. Tickets link :

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the fascist Military coup in Chile, which destroyed the achievements of the socialist Popular Unity Government (1970 – ‘73) of Salvador Allende, murdered Victor Jara, and imprisoned, tortured and murdered thousands of others, sending further thousands into forced exile, many to Britain. 

BUT The Dream Lives on / El Sueno Existe!     Victor Jara – Presente!

2023 weekend dates:  Starts Saturday 16th September (from 1pm)

Ends Sunday 17th September 2023 (at 2 or 3pm)    

We have chosen times to make it possible to travel to Machynlleth on the Saturday morning, and get back home on Sunday evening. The mini festival format is a much smaller festival, with most activities taking place inside in the Plas building, in the main hall and the smaller meeting room. 

We are delighted to be working with our friends at Alborada – and Consuelo and friends at Victorina Press and to welcome back to the festival Jeremy Corbyn MP and the Peace and Justice project  –

 A full list of supporters of El Sueño Existe would be too long to include here!

Expect a moving and inspiring weekend, full of music, (especially ‘New Song / Nueva Cancion) + poetry, politics, dance, film, special guests etc to celebrate the extraordinary times of Popular Unity (1970 – 1973) and especially the cultural achievements of Victor Jara, Pablo Neruda and so many others who committed themselves wholeheartedly to the building of a new Chile, based on solidarity, cultural freedom and people power. There will also be moving commemorations of the violence unleased by the coup that resulted in so many deaths of those whose only crime was to support the democratically elected Government, and to work for a new, fairer Chile. 

Musicians, Speakers, Films, Poets, Dancers, workshops, concerts etc will be confirmed later in the summer. 

To receive festival updates, simply send an email to : to be added to our mailout list. 

With our Chilean friends, we look forward to welcoming you to Machynlleth for an inspiring and moving weekend on the 16th and 17th September 2023.  Accommodation ideas and links on separate page.   

The Dream Lives On!

As Pablo Neruda memorably said “They can cut down all the flowers, but they cannot stop the spring”

For updates on other 50th anniversary commemoration events, go to  :