Lima is the most populated city in the country and most of its inhabitants are not natives of the area. But what means to be a Limeño in a city coded from its dawn by migration, as well as in its particular ways, the rest of Latin American countries?
Semillas (Seeds) is an organization founded in 2010 that seeks to empower children with artistic workshops to instill values and train them as leaders of their community, through theater, mime and clown. The director, Carla Rojas, has worked in recent years to convert the Third Zone of Collique, in the district of Comas, at a point where various scenic initiatives converge. For Semillas, the game becomes a fundamental element for the construction of the identity of children, children of Andean migrants, who often do not find a very diverse cultural offer.
These children, as often happens with the second or third generations of migrants, build an urban identity that is uprooted from the orginal and rural culture of their parents. In this way, Quechua, typical of the Andean area of Peru, is set aside from Spanish as well as many customs and traditions. With the Kiwi Festival, Semillas seeks to regain the importance of traditional games and become a space for encounters through games, oral narrations, theater and puppets.
The Oropeza Moreno, a family comedy that combines contortion, juggling and other circus disciplines of Venezuela, was one of the ones that participated in this festival and it was the delight of the audience through a humor as childish as universal.
The curious thing is that the work was carried out by Nosotros Mismos, a Venezuelan theater group that arrived in Peru this year and made hundreds of Peruvians laughs, thanks to the social reach of the consortium. In this way, we see how the Venezuelan community interacts with us, contributing positively to the dissemination of art and culture in one of the most problematic neighborhoods in the north of the capital.
In the Kiwi Festival, it was possible to see the eagerness with which the children and young people of Comas expect this type of calls as a spaces for meeting and interaction. The culture found in this festival a way to stay alive through the exchange between migrants from different parts. Whether from the Venezuelan Caribbean or the inter-Andean valleys of Peru, the powerful flow of cultural traditions strengthens the identities of a community and enriches countries.
Nevertheless, the precariousness of the constructions of the area and the lack of accessible public spaces seemed to direct its inhabitants to the search of suitable places outside the district. Initiatives such as Semillas stand as a cultural vanguard and committed to diversity, accessibility, inclusion and resilience through the construction of an active community within a complex district.