Bolivian Residents Association was presented for the first time in 1996 at the Fair of the Communities of Comodoro Rivadavia. There, dispersed immigrants from the Altiplano say they have "recovered the idea of nation and the camaraderie of the fellow citizens".
The institution was founded in 1995 and currently has about 100 members. The authorities expect the number to increase with the spread of its activities, although the majority of Bolivians work full time in companies, usually construction-and this enables them to participate actively in the tasks of the community.
But despite being few and novel in its nucleation, Bolivians began to actively participate in community events in the city.
The Fair of the Communities have many elements of popular culture, referring to regions and social groups fully differentiated.
In the representation of the "caporales", for example, reveals the time of the miners and slaves. In Bolivia "caporales" are a religious dance, in honor of the Virgin of the Socavón, the patron saint of miners. The whip as a symbol of slavery, is an inevitable element in these feasts.
The dance of the "caporales" was created in the department of La Paz and finds its roots in the "Saya Negra", dance of the slaves living in the Yungas, tropical north of La Paz. Through its stylization, "Saya Caporal" is not the dance of the slaves modernized, it is a satire of the foremen.
Children and grandchildren of immigrants from Bolivia dance in the fair. They prepare at a family home where tested and made or amended their costumes.
In food, Bolivians put special care in preparing typical. In 1997 brought from La Paz, corn, beer and wine from the region of Tarija.
Bolivian women are in charge of the kitchen, which is plentiful and varied. Some of the traditional meals are: "locro", the majadito, the pork "chicharrón" that accompanies fried "yuca", baked potato and "mote".
For some, the Fair is a business opportunity, for others it represents the place where it the Bolivian nation is represent. Somehow, everything that is exchange tastes like Bolivia: the spicy chicken, pork, chicha ...
In the circulation and consumption of goods, Bolivians are recovering the idea of being compatriots. Thus associated, for display, make known its rich cultural past and to realize they are not alone.