"The Biennial is a trip to discover new worlds and also to be discovered and seduced by new movements, lenguages and imaginaries to think about dancing as a way to express our emotions" says Amparo Sinisterra de Carvajar, president of the 2nd Biennial.
This is the Pacific festival, in which the most importat thing is to highlight the gastronomy, the folk music and the traditions of this region in Valle del Cauca. It is an awesome experience for the locals and of course for the visitors who want to dive into this culture.
This is one of the most important and traditional festivals in Colombia. In which the favorite attractions are the "Salsódromo", the "Cali viejo" carnival, the antique cars parade, the "Melómanos" meeting, the "Superconcierto" a really nice musical show, between other shows ans events.
Cali is well known for being a diverse and animal lover city. It is no coincidence then, that here you will find a crane lake, a dog park and 25 cats. Yeap, 25 felines! It all began in 1996 when artist and sculptor Hernando Tejada donated to this city a bronze sculpture of a three and half meters high, three meters wide and two meter deep cat. Since then, in the junction between the ‘Avenida del Río’ and Calle 4, resides this three tons spoiled friend, who with the pass of time began turning into one of the local’s favorite entertaining point.
This feline, with his permanent smile, stands in front of ‘El Peñón’ neighbourhood, across the bridge, being a meeting and reference site for locals and tourists. Where are the other 24 cats? Well, almost ten years ago, some local and national artists, remembering the late Hernando Tejada, decided to paint and embellish other cat-like sculptures, an initiative that was warmly welcomed by Caleños and is now known as ‘Las Novias del Gato’ (the Cat’s Girlfriends). At the beginning there were fifteen, but nine other cats have been added to the collection. Among the public’s favorites, there are “Gachuza” (Spiky Cat), “Anabella la Gata Superestrella” (Superstar Cat), “Calidá” (Cool Cat), “La Gata Siete Vidas” (Seven Lives Cat) and “La Gata Presa” (Cat in Jail).
Anyone who visits Cali must stop by the river, take a picture with the giant cat and follow the track that will take them to meet this city’s emblematic pet lovers.