A tertulia (Spanish: [terˈtulja]; Galician: [teɾˈtulja]; Portuguese: tertúlia [tɨɾˈtuliɐ]; Catalan: tertúlia [tərˈtuɫiə]) is a social gathering with literary or artistic overtones , especially in Iberia or Latin America. The word is originally Spanish (later borrowed by Catalan and Portuguese), and has only moderate currency in English, in describing Latin cultural contexts.
It is rather similar to a salon, but a typical tertulia in recent centuries has been a regularly scheduled event in a public place such as a bar, although some tertulias are held in more private spaces, such as someone's living room. Participants may share their recent creations (poetry, short stories, other writings, even artwork or songs). Usually (but not always) the participants in a regularly scheduled tertulia are, in some respects, likeminded, e.g. by having similar political or literary tastes.
In the United States, consulting firms use tertulias to serve as informal platforms for sharing expertise and broadening individual knowledge on science and technology topics.
See also 
- (Spanish) El Madrid de 1900, espacios populares de Cultura y Ocio ("Madrid in 1900, popular spaces for culture and leisure", in Spanish)
- (Spanish) Tertulia Andaluza ("Tertulia Andaluza, all about andalucia a forum to voice ideas in andalucia", in Spanish)
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