Carnival of El Callao, a festive representation of a memory and cultural identity in Venezuela

Revellers dance in the carnival parade in the mining village of El Callao, Bolivar state, southeastern Venezuela on February 27, 2017. 
El Callao's carnival was recently named Unesco's Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. / AFP / JUAN BARRETO / TO GO WITH AFP STORY BY ISABEL SANCHEZ        (Photo credit should read JUAN BARRETO/AFP/Getty Images)

Running from January to March, these festivities feature parades of people dressed as characters from history and fantasy, as well as calypso music, dancing, and concerts. Up to 3000 people take part in the Carnival of El Callao, associated with emancipation celebrations in French-speaking islands of the Caribbean. The carnival highlights the history of el Callao, reinforces its cultural identity, promotes unity, and encourages younger generations to discover their heritage.

Read more and view the short documentary video ‘The Carnival of El Callao: a festive representation of a memory and cultural identity’:


  • What is the location of Callao, according to the video?
  • What is patuá (Patois)?
  • What is the role of the Carnaval character called “Diablo”? What is Diablo in English?
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