Colombia’s capital has no shortage of festivals. The year begins with the Bogotá Feria Taurina (bullfighting festival; Jan–Feb), with matadors from Spain and Mexico flown in for the occasion, while Semana Santa (Holy Week; March or April) brings processions, re-enactments and religious pomp. Every other year around Holy Week the city also hosts the Ibero-American Theater Festival, one of the continent’s biggest festivals of theatre, a fortnight of international performing art and street processions. Perhaps the highlight of the annual calendar is Rock al Parque (Rock in the Park; June/July;  rockalparque.com.co), South America’s biggest rock music festival, which lasts three days, before the Festival de Verano (summer festival; Aug) to commemorate Bogotá’s founding and Salsa al Parque (Salsa in the Park; Aug) heats things up. September heralds the Festival de Jazz at the Teatro Libre, followed by the Festival de Cine (film festival; Oct), which includes open-air screenings. Soon after that, the city begins gearing up for a truly South American Christmas.

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