Santiago a Mil welcomes all approaches and cultures. It’s an invitation to experience something unique, share something unforgettable and establish dialogue through multiple forms of artistic expression.

Every January since 1994, Chile’s capital and different cities have transformed into the perfect stage for the performing arts, bringing different audiences together. For three weeks, the festival is an extraordinary opportunity for contemporary creations, encouraging artistic excellence and pieces that are particularly relevant, both socially and politically.

Each version is made up of outstanding productions from both Chile and abroad, permanently exploring different issues, breaking down boundaries, mixing styles and updating plays, including theater, dance, music, performance, circus acts, the visual arts and cinema from around 25 different countries. Artists such as Pina Bausch, Ariane Mnouchkine, Royal de Luxe, Robert Wilson, Christoph Marthaler, Jan Fabre, Krystian Lupa, Ivo van Hove, Romeo Castellucci, Lemi Ponifasio and Thomas Ostermeier have all taken part in the festival.

Santiago a Mil also breaks down the country’s territorial, economic and social boundaries, taking its free program into different Metropolitan Region neighborhoods and cities country-wide.

28 years

providing culture for Chile and the world

+ 11 million



Chilean regions




Artistic excellence, the avant-garde and contemporary offerings are the main hallmarks of Santiago a Mil, as seen in the outstanding international artists that take part every year and the selection of the best of Chilean theater.


A collection of Teatro a Mil Foundation co-productions and a selection of Chilean theater and dance which, since 2006, have been chosen by an autonomous jury of people from different professions and with different approaches and which changes from year to year.


Headed up by a curatorial team led by the Teatro a Mil Foundation’s General Manager, members of the foundation’s board and international consultants in the United States and Europe, who watch plays at different festivals and meetings abroad.


Santiago a Mil’s musical program aims to make room for the voices, rhythms and diverse styles that are constantly breathing new life into Chilean and Latin American music They are chosen by an external group of specialist musical programmers.


Each year, the Teatro a Mil Foundation invites professional artists from Chile to take part in the selection process for the Santiago a Mil International Festival’s Chilean program.


The festival has a management model that is unique in Chile, which adopts two basic premises: its work is based on network cooperation and a mixed form of financing, which is the result of collaboration with public institutions, private companies, international bodies, theater venues, artists, the media and suppliers.


The Santiago a Mil International Festival is organized by the Fundación Teatro a Mil Foundation and presented in conjunction with Escondida/BHP. It receives support from the Ministry of Culture, the Arts and Heritage and has a management model that is made possible thanks to collaboration with public institutions, private companies, international bodies, theater venues, artists, the media and suppliers.


Santiago a Mil is more than just a listing of shows. It’s also a place where ideas, dialogue and reflection find a place. At LAB Escénico, artists, students and audiences come together in workshops and open conversations to think about the work of the theater and the theatrical experience in itself.


Similarly, programmers, producers and professionals from all over the world come together at PLATEA, Programmers Week, a platform aimed at promoting the production, touring and scheduling of contemporary shows.