The Cervantino International Festival: the festival of culture

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The Cervantino International Festival of Mexico begins today! An emblematic event for the world that, as every year, will enjoy a cultural programme marked by the spirit of multidisciplinary artistic dialogue and the search for excellence.

The event will take place from today, October 11, until October 29 in the Mexican city of Guanajuato. But… What does this festival consist of, what is its origin?… We tell you everything!

The Cervantes festival is one of the most important cultural events in Latin America. For 45 years, the Festival has been the ideal context to welcome the main artists of the most varied art disciplines to Guanajuato, Mexico. Historic performances by Martha Graham, Leonard Bernstein, Ella Fitzgerald, Philip Glass, Pina Bausch, Ute Lemper, Goran Bregovic and the Bolshoi Ballet, among more than 112,500 performers and creators, are historic. Artists from all over the world gather there, both highly recognized and with great promise. This creates an almost perfect fusion of plurality and diversity.

Its artistic program is designed with the highest quality. In Guanajuato, contemporary art and traditional forms of expression converge, the most daring scenic languages and works backed by its historical limelight.

Indoors and outdoors, audiences around the world enjoy the privilege of creation, singing, dancing, performing arts, memory, visual arts and cultural dialogue about the life and work of Miguel de Cervantes.

When was this festival born?

Although nowadays it has become an authentic manifestation of art, expressed in all its different aspects, this festival was born as a tribute to D. Miguel de Cervantes and, obviously, its name comes from there.

The Cervantes adventure began in 1953, in Guanajuato, when Enrique Ruelas conducted a tribute to Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra. In the squares of Guanajuato, the Spanish writer’s interludes were staged. The event was internationalized in 1972, when artists from other nations joined in this great recognition. This production was so successful that it was repeated for 20 years and, step by step, different artistic representations of all kinds were added. Over time this tradition led to what is now known as the Cervantino International Festival of Guanajuato…

Today, Guanajuato is synonymous with Cervantes.

Important celebrities from all over the world have shown and continue to show interest in enjoying and collaborating with this cultural festival.

In this year 2017 they wanted to bring a very special guest: France. It is hoped that the city of Guanajuato will become a true exhibition of Gallic art.

Theatre, opera, jazz, folk ballet and a multitude of different artistic performances go hand in hand for about two weeks.

Thanks to this festival the city of Guanajuato has risen up positions as a tourist destination. Its beautiful streets are filled with tourists and curious travelers from all corners of the world who do not want to miss a single detail.

That is why it is not uncommon to have difficulties in finding accommodation on the dates of the Cervantino International Festival. Many local residents have chosen to rent their homes during these weeks. In fact, many travelers prefer this option to fully immerse themselves in the local culture, not only artistically, but also by living its day-to-day life and customs.

Another nice aspect of this event is that not everything depends on the festival itself. In its streets are organized a vast number of cultural activities that can also be enjoyed as street musicians or small concerts.

In one way or another, the Cervantino International Festival is of great importance for both the Mexican city and the rest of the world. It is the union of different cultures, different ways of life.

And you, have you ever been there? Tell us about it!

If you want to consult the program of this great celebration of Mexican culture, you can consult the official website or on Vimeo.

 


 

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