Novels, narrative, essays
"Eva Luna" (1985), by Isabel Allende.
"Canto General"(1950), by Pablo Neruda.
"Tierra del Fuego" (1945), by Francisco Coloane.
"Antología" (1941), by Gabriela Mistral.
"The obscene bird of the night" (1970), José Donoso.
"La Batalla de Chile", by Patricio Guzman (3 dvd). This trilogy retraces the history of the government of Salvador Allende and the events leading up to the coup d'Etat and Pinochet's dictatorship (the 3rd part of this film has not been published on video).
"Julio comienza en Julio" (1977), by Silvio Caiozzi. This film, voted best Chilean movie of the century, shows the priveliges enjoyed by and the pressures placed upon the upper classes in early 19th century Chile.
"Gracias a la vida", by Violeta Parra.
"Arriba en la cordillera", by Patricio Manns.
3-20 January: Santiago a mil. Considered to be Chile's most important culture festival, Santiago a mil plays host to emerging theatre talents from all over the world. The acts include singers, dancers, actors and gymnasts - who perform in different locations all over the city throughout this two week period.
Late January/Early February: Carnaval Andino Con la Fuerza del Sol celebrates the mix of South American and Spanish cultures and traditions with street processions, dances and extravagant costumes.
Last week of February: Vina del Mar music festival. This started out as a singing competition for pop and folk artists but now attracts international performers and could be seen as South America's equivalent to the Eurovision Song Contest.
March-April: Easter is celebrated throughout the country with street parades, religious ceremonies and plenty of food.
23-24 June: Mapuche New Year. This is very much seen as a time of rebirth and cleansing. Chileans will bathe in rivers to cleanse their souls, and then will eat, drink and dance with their families. New Year is a nice time for tourists to visit Chile as it offers the chance to see traditional celebrations and dances, such as those performed to encourage a good crop sowing season.
12-18 July: Festival de la Tirana. During this week, Chileans celebrate the patron saint of Chile - the Virgin of Carmen. The village of La Tirana receives on average 200 000 visitors who join the celebrations, including masses in Church, public prayers, and songs and dances in honour of the Saint.
29 June: Saint Peter and Saint Paul's Day. Chileans celebrate with a feast to honour the patron saints of fishermen.
15 August: Assumption, like Easter is celebrated with religious ceremonies and parades throughout the country.
11 September: National Liberation Day. In Rancagua, where the Chilean rebels were defeated in 1814 in the long struggle for independence, Liberation Day sees a celebration of all things Chilean. Rodeos receive large audiences, as do ramadas (open-air dance floors), and stalls surrounding the events serve plenty of Chilean wine and food.
18 September: Independence Day is celebrated nationwide and again, the main aim is to remember all things Chilean. As such, families cook traditional dishes, parades demonstrate Chilean crafts, trades and lifestyles - such as huasos, the traditional Chilean cowboys - and locals dance to Chilean music.
12 October: Columbus Day. As the name suggests, this festival commemorates the arrival of Christopher Columbus in South America. Celebrations are most impressive in Santiago, where local people don traditional attire and take to the streets singing and dancing.
1st November: All Saints' Day.
8 December: Virgen de lo Vasquez Pilgrimage. This covers a distance of 50km and pays homage to the Virgin Mary.
25 December: Christmas. As in most Christian countries, Christmas is an important holiday in Chile. The focus is on colourful decorations and gifts, spending time with family, and remembering the Nativity story.