The Ministry of Culture and Tourism (MCyT) He works in the Plan for the Protection of Ichapekene Piesta, the festival of San Ignacio de Moxos, at me. The work is carried out within the framework of the declaration of Cultural Heritage of Bolivia which owns the festival from 2011; Likewise, since 2012 It is inscribed on the representative list of intangible cultural heritage of the United Nations Organization for Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNUESCO).
Draft Plan for Safe Harbor MCyT performed the detailed record of dances, The dressing, In addition to the artistic and historical assets of the temple, the Cabildo and the museum Indigenal.
These activities were carried out in coordination with the Cabildo Indigenal and the draft proposal it should be adopted to consolidate between this 2018 and the following year. All this work, It has full knowledge governorate of Beni, which it will also take part in the implementation of the plan.
The Ichapekene Piesta fuses syncretism and religious ritualism, moxeño commemoration reinterprets the founding myth of the Jesuit victory of St. Ignatius Loyola, associating beliefs and indigenous traditions.
The celebrations begin in May with fireworks, songs and praise, and continue in June with masses day celebrations, night, velatorios, donations of alms and banquets. Sin embargo, It manifested joyously from the 7 July with logging and bat reception by the Cabildo ensebao Indígenal, the main reception takes place day 30 y 31 of July.
This traditional celebration includes Masses, velorios, alms and binges, plus dancers dressed with masks representing their ancestors and animals to recreate the cross of St. Ignatius of Loyola, where they face their enemies with the help of various characters from the sky, forest and water.
Dance is the most representative of the macheteros or chirípierus, which they constitute the solar warriors dressed attractive plumage. this festival, which he has maintained a deep relationship with the Jesuit religious tradition and the Moxos indigenous beliefs, It concludes the first days of August with the feast of St. Lawrence Martyr.
All this cultural richness has led to the recognition of San Ignacio de Moxos as "Folkloric Capital of Beni" in 1975 and "spiritual capital of the mission towns of the southern cone" in 1997.