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Potosi celebrates San Bartolomé at the end of August or begining of September of each year. But this year in 2010, the inhabitants of Potosi were on strike demanding the resolution of a border conflict with neighboring Oruro department, the construction of an airport and of a cement factory. In short, the roads were blocked and Potosi cut off from the rest of the country.

So, this year, the Chutillos festival, or San Bartolomé fest, took place on the first weekend of October. That is, when I happened to be there! On that first day of fiesta, numerous Bolivians from Potosi and its surroundings came for a big dance parade in traditional costumes.

A hat with ribbons

Red ponchos and flutes

Blue glittered hair

Elderly spectator

Baby spectator

Potosi silverware and bank notes on Bolivian fabric

Coca leaves musician

Coca leaves dancers

A dancer in an orange hat

A crowd of hats

Bobble boys

A great dancer as if in a trance

Top hat




Tous les ans Potosi fête la Saint Bartholomé à la fin août ou début septembre. Mais cette année, les habitants de Potosi étaient en grève, exigeant la résolution du conflit limitrophe avec le département d’Oruro, et la construction d’un aéroport et d’une usine de ciment. En bref, les routes étaient bloquées et Potosi coupée du reste du pays.

Ainsi en cette année 2010, le festival Chutillos, ou festival de la Saint Bartholomé, a eu lieu le premier week-end d’octobre. C’est-à-dire quand j’étais à Potosi! Durant cette première journée de festivités, de nombreux Boliviens de Potosi et ses alentours sont venus participer à une grande parade dansante en costumes traditionnels.

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