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Laura Beltrán Villamizar

Copywriter & Multimedia Journalist

Amsterdam

Laura Beltrán Villamizar

I love slow food, slow travel and slow journalism
Photographer and writer romanticising cities and coffee out of proportion.

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The Coffee & Cigarettes Cult In Arts And Literature

“I thought of you yesterday… and the day before. I laid in bed, pondering about ma vie Bruxelloise. I wanted a fag, but I didn’t smoke it–since we all know that each cigarette will take two seconds of our lives–I would have preferred to dedicate at least those two seconds fucking each other’s minds instead, like Martín Haché once said.”.
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10 Lessons I Learned While Travelling The World Alone

Many of us have had the chance of travelling, of broadening our horizons and exploring new cultures. As much as travelling in a group or with a travel buddy is life fulfilling, doing by yourself is life changing. Travelling solo brings a whole lot of layers to the experience whereby the journey is not only a cultural one but a voyage that will touch you deeply on a personal, spiritual and emotional level.
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WORLD PRESS PHOTO ANNOUNCES 2014 MULTIMEDIA CONTEST WINNING PRODUCTIONS

The international jury of the 2014 World Press Photo Multimedia Contest has awarded prizes in three categories: Short Feature, Long Feature and Interactive Documentary. Each category holds first, second and third prizes. View all the winners in the online gallery here: http://www.worldpressphoto.org/multimedia-gallery/2014-multimedia-contest. Main task: quotes and proofreading.
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NAMES OF 2014 JOOP SWART MASTERCLASS PARTICIPANTS ANNOUNCED

World Press Photo announced the 12 young photographers who have been selected for the 21st edition of the annual World Press Photo Joop Swart Masterclass. The announcement was made during the Awards Days. During the six-day masterclass, to be held from 2- 8 November 2014 in Amsterdam, the participating photographers will interact with six prominent experts, discussing technical and visual aspects of their work, as well as their role as a photographer.
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International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA)

One of the largest in its genre and arguably the most prestigious documentary film festival out there, IDFA is back and ready to take over the Dutch capital in all its glory. The 26 th edition of this mind-blowing event will be held from November 20 to December 1 and it promises, once gain, to premiere unseen gems and exceptional screenings of the documentary scene.
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SAMIRA HODAEI Persianesque Art that Empowers Women and Questions Reality

Born and raised in Teheran, the Iranian artist Samira Hodaei is relentlessly inspired by her home country. Daily experiences as a woman and as an artist in a country where both are constantly neglected and sometimes totally forgotten, serve as an unconscious drive for her to practice her art.
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The Amsterdam Dance Event: better, bigger and stronger.

The Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE), the most prominent dance event in the world takes over the city once again. For five days, from 16 to 20 October the city of Amsterdam will become the greatest and biggest stage of electronic music. The ADE is indeed the moment of the year when this culturally loaded music phenomenon conquers the city and with more than 50 extra venues this year, the capital city underlines its status as the mecca of electronic music worldwide.
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The Canary Project

The Canary Projects is a research hub for artists with the goal of deepening pubic understanding of climate change. For this interview, I worked closely with the two minds behind this project, Susannah Sayler and Edward Morris. We discussed how contemporary art can be used to raise awareness about pressing environmental issues - a never-ending challenge.
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Cape Verde- Gem of the Atlantic

The beautiful islands of Cape Verde lie scattered like pearls over the ocean, 500km off the coast of West Africa. An exotic mix of African, Brazilian and Portuguese influences, they are set to become a holiday hotspot.
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The Energy Circle: Recess, Electricity, Education

The ‘whirls’ created by Empower Playgrounds are fun for children and they provide actual energy that increases education, school attendance and social development in Africa. In a world where technologies are advancing rapidly, one could hardly imagine what life would be without electricity. This burden evidently has severe repercussions for general social progress in more rural areas across developing nations.
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The High Line Story

Elevated Urban Gardens Laura recounts how an old piece of railroad running along the lower west side of Manhattan was brought back to life as an integral part of the city.
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Q&A: Juan Luis Moraza

Nominated by the gallery Espacio Mínimo, Juan Luis Moraza won the Audermars Piguet prize for his project called “Arules” shown at ARCO Madrid 2013 (February 13-17). Laura Beltrán Villamizar asks the Basque sculptor about contemporary art in Spain, his sources of inspiration, and the future of art.
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About

Laura Beltrán Villamizar

Bogotá born, bred in The Hague, Buenos Aires, Brussels and Berlin, now conquering Amsterdam.

I have been trained to evolve into multimedia journalism. I'm a visual journalist who knows how to tell stories with narrative punch and nuance. Excellent narrative needs outstanding word, image and sound: three things I am passionate about.

I’m a constant explorer of the transformation of the media landscape. Which is why use the tools of my generation and the next one to engage people in all levels: the adaptability of online journalism, the amazing progress in design and innovation as well as the engaging role of social networking.

I allow for serendipity, always.

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http://inthecityloop.wordpress.com/

Skills

  • photography
  • languages
  • coffee making
  • killer team spirit
  • copywriting
  • social media
  • CMS
  • CSR