The alliance between Escondida | BHP and the Teatro a Mil Foundation, which began in 1999, has lasted for more than two decades. It has helped close the gap in access to culture and develop the creative sector and everything related to it, creating networks, jobs, knowledge and innovative productions for the public.

Unique because of its scope and how long it has lasted, this kind of collaboration has positioned the Santiago a Mil International Festival as one of the most important events on the continent, encouraging both decentralization and access to shows of the highest quality in different parts of Chile.

Together with its values and its aims of excellence, decentralization and access, this vision has led to an attractive and diverse program being taken to neighborhoods throughout Chile, and for versions of the festival to be held in Antofagasta since 2002 and Iquique since 2010, transforming each of these places into spaces where people can come together.

The festival’s versions in the north have also served as a showcase for local creations, sowing the seeds for new opportunities for promotion and touring for artists and their companies. This is why there has been a jury in Antofagasta since 2014, in charge of looking over the listings and selecting the play that will represent the region at the Santiago a Mil Festival.

Committed to culture

Escondida | BHP is a transnational mining company with more than 130 years’ experience in the sector. One of its main commitments as a company is to contribute positively to the societies and communities where it works. Along these lines, it aims to boost these areas’ social value and help develop people’s abilities, talent and knowledge by supporting cultural initiatives.

As a company that is an important example of social investment in countries, Escondida | BHP has supported the SACO Contemporary Art Festival, the AntofaCine International Festival, the Santiago and Antofagasta 100 Words mini-story project, the Antofagasta Port of Ideas Science Festival and the building of an extension of the Pre-Columbian Art Museum and the outstanding annual exhibitions put on there, as well as other regional, national and international projects.