With great pride we held the “Carmelite Cultural Marathon for the Bicentennial, Dialogue and Reflection” on Saturday, July 24th. This activity developed 5 themes of national significance related to music, dance, painting, literature and the history of our national identity.

After the welcoming words of our principal, Miss Norma Soberón Calero, and the organizer of the activity, Miss Kolen Herrera Prado, the first presentation was held, “The before and after of Peruvian music”, by Professor Noe Leonardo Varela Yimen and the invited expert Chano Díaz Limaco, who talked about the panorama of the origin of Peruvian music, the meeting of the three worlds and Peruvian music today.

Painting, as an artistic expression that creates cultural identity, was exhibited by Miss María Ysabel Chabaneix Morán, who was accompanied by María del Carmen Prado, and by the visual artists Mauricio Guinassi Portugal and Francisco Guerra García. “Painting in Peru, from the Republic to the present”, was the theme they presented, focusing on the panorama of the history of painting, Cusco painting and its mestizo roots, and the Regional Schools: Arequipa (highlands), Lima (coast), Amazon, mentioning the most transcendental painters who left the identity of the different cultures of the Peruvians embodied in their works.

The third part of this marathon was dedicated to dance, Miss Kollen Herrera Prado directed the theme “Dance: transcendence, tradition and identity”, accompanied by Miss Rocío Salazar Molina and the guest speakers Héctor Arévalo Robles and Raúl Quispe Valdivia. The chapters that they shared with us were about the panorama of the history of dance, folk dance and cultural resistance, African influence and folk dance today.

The literature exhibition was directed by Miss Giancarla Di Laura Morales and Miss Lesley Regalado Díaz, who were accompanied by experts Rossana Montoya, Evelyn Sotomayor Cassinelli and Carolina Cisneros. They taught us about “The evolution of Peruvian literature and the importance of women in their lyrics” and exposed the panorama of literature through the years, the influence of Clorinda Matto de Turner, women in poetry since the colony in the 20th century and women in contemporary narrative.

To culminate this most interesting cultural marathon, it was about “What is being Peruvian? Searching for our identity”, for which we took a tour through our history to learn the panorama of the origin of Peruvian culture in pre-Hispanic times, in the centuries of the conquest, going through the republican era to the present day. This historical walk to better understand our national identity was led by Professor Fridz Gonzáles Rimachi and Professor Juan Carlos Espinoza de la Grecca.

We thank the invited teachers and experts who participated in this cultural marathon, without whom it would not have been possible to carry out this cultural exchange with which we honor our Peru for the bicentennial of its Independence, and we congratulate Miss Kollen Herrera Prado for being the promoter and manager of this cultural activity.