Mayan Culture Festival 2013

I love this because, if nothing else, it is the longest promo trailer I’ve ever seen! No, seriously, this Festival ticks all the boxes for me – except for the soundtrack of using Beethoven to promote a Mayan cultural festival.  What is that about?  Why didn’t they use the music of great Mexican composers (Revueltas, Chávez et al)?

The Festival, an annual event in the Yucatán, runs from Oct 17 – Nov 3, 2013.  This year’s festival will include performances from artists from 30 different countries, including some of Mexico’s more notable entertainers including, Eugenia León, Tania Libertad and Guadalupe Pineda.  Also scheduled are appearances by Nobel Peace Prize recipient, Rigoberta Menchú and Hindu humanist, Deepak Chopra.

Performances that I can see on the website include the Bellas Artes Chamber Orchestra, Mexico’s National Dance Company, and an event entitled an ‘Encounter of Mayan Authors’.

According to the website, this festival aims to promote academic exchange surrounded by the inherited demonstrations of Mayan tradition, and to open a cultural space to promote and enrich the scientific, artistic, and humanistic dialogue between identities and cultures.

The festival takes places in various locations throughout the Yucatán including haciendas, pueblos, archeological areas and cenotes.

I think The Mapmaker’s Opera musical should be an event in forthcoming festivals, don’t you?

Take care,


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