Colombia Festiva is a non-for-profit organization that aims to inform and attract tourists to the culturally rich Colombia by bringing awareness to the thousands of festivals that the country hosts each year, it is without a doubt a country of festivals. Over a year, Colombia Festiva has noted over 3,000 festivals in all of Colombia; there are musical, gastronomic, sport, cultural, religious, harvesting, and other nouveau festivals all over Colombia.
Colombia is filled with celebrations and traditions that have been structured by the combined European, African and Indian heritage. Colombian festivals are diverse and heterogeneous, and allow the people to socialize, unite and strengthen their rich and addicting culture.
The talented Rachel Naft took a journey to Bogota, Colombia to work with Colombia Festiva in March 2014. She discovered and documented the colourful, breathtaking cultural festivals, carnivals and fairs that burst with culture. The main focus of her journey was the Carnival in Barranquilla, which is the second largest Carnival celebration in the world. Rachel was able to interact with festive Colombians, learn stories, cultural traditions, and the pride that is within each Colombian during their celebrations, and the pride they want to share with the world.
Colombia Festiva will continue towards recreating a new image of beautiful Colombia by exemplifying its colourful festivities and people in hopes of overriding the negativity that history has painted of Colombia.
About the Photographer
Rachel Naft is the owner of RMN Photography. For the past eight years she has been a full time wedding and portrait photographer based out of Washington DC. She loves to meet new people, travel, and experience locations beyond the normal tourist spots. Nowhere is off limits!