“El Silletero” Acrylic on canvas

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“El Silletero” Acrylic on canvas

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Acrylic painting about a Colombian tradition

Inspiration/Story Behind This Product

True to tradition, the silleteros carry their precious flowers through the streets of downtown Medellin on their backs as part of their starring role in the flower festival, which is held every August. They were at the heart of the first festival, in 1957, when 40 silleteros turned up to parade. Nowadays around 500 participate in the Desfile de Silleteros (their dedicated parade) which most spectators consider the highlight of the flower festival chanting: “Cuando pasan los silleteros, es Antioquia que pasa.” (When the silleteros go past, it’s Antioquia that’s passing.”) Around 75% of Colombia’s flower exports go to the United States which, in turn, receives about 80% of its flower imports from Colombia. Colombia also accounts for 60% of the carnations bought by Japan and has flourishing markets in Canada and Russia, as well as in Britain and other European countries. Key to Colombia’s success is its lack of seasons, which means flowers can be grown all year round.

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The Medellin Flower Festival is not just about flowers, it’s a week-long celebration that includes, besides the flower competitions and judging; antique car parades, horse parades, a pet walk, live music, dancing and more. The city’s streets throng with revellers and members of the crowd are not above climbing into nearby trees in order to get a better view of the parade. Don’t miss this unique celebration!

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Color: Red

Theme: Acrylic painting

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