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Events: Time for Fiestas and Fairs!

This Week… starting August 02, 2010

Two Best Bets for this Week: Dzitya & San Crisanto

Yucatan Living The Coco Festival at San Crisanto!: July 30 through August 8
The Coco Festival website is a vacation all by itself! This is the best way we know to stay cool at the beach/ Great artisans and plants for sale as well.

Yucatan Living Tunich Fair at Dzitya July 30 through August 8Tunich Stone Fair in Dzitia
If you are building or decorating a home, you absolutely do not want to miss this fair. It grows larger every year and now has international companies coming to see what treasures they can find to export to their home countries. We are beyond belief lucky to have this village right on the edge of Merida! For more on this event, along with pictures of a few of the goodies youll find here, visit our article, The Stones of Dzitya.  The organizers are currently working with Veracruz as the guest state for 2010. We will keep you posted as we learn new information. To see more pictures, a video and a calendar of events from 2009, visit en-Yucatan and dont forget, there will also be free transportation provided to and from Centro to the fair.


Municipal Fiestas This Week

Yucatan Living Cenotillo Fiesta 10 Days Event: August 3 through August 12
It looks as if the Municipality of Cenotilo is the place to be for the forst half of the month of August. They have two fiestas this month. The first is in honor of Santa Clara. This one is 10 days long and takes place in the town of Cenotillo. The day after this fiesta ends, they begin a 3 day fiesta (from August 13 through August 14) in honor of la Virgen de la Asuncion, in the town of Tixbacab. Cenotillo is located just south of Buctzotz and north of Quintana Roo and Dzitas. The hammocks you will find in this area are woven from hemp. Cenotillo, like so many other municipalities that are just inland from the coast, has a wealth of both Mayan ruins and Spanish churches and public buildings. These are great places to visit, especially since the project to restore all of the old churches in the state is well underway.

Yucatan Living Uayma Fiesta One Day Event: August 4
This fiesta is in honor of Santo Domingo. The most important artisan activity in this municipality is pottery, so a trip to Uayma is always a good idea and a fiesta just makes the trip all the more enjoyable. Uayma is located just this side of Valladolid and Temozon.

Yucatan Living Mama Fiesta  12 Day Event: August 4 through August 15
Mama is a small municipality just south of Tekit. This fiesta is in honor of la Virgen de la Asunción. For this fiesta, there will be vaquerias, popular dances, and processions. This is a marvelous opportunity to experience the Mayan culture and well worth going to see. Pottery is the major activity of the artisans in this area, so visiting in Mama should be an extra shopping treat.

Yucatan Living San Felipe Fiesta  One Day Event: August 4
This festival is in honor of Santo Domingo de Guzman. The area of San Felipe is entering pulpo season now and this is the perfect time to visit this newest tourist destination in our state.Gremios in Merida

Yucatan Living Merida Fiesta:10 Day Event: August 1 through August 15
This is, in reality, two separate neighborhood fiestas. One is in Santiago and the other is in San Sebastian. Loads of activities going on in the plazas and parks, we can tell you that this fiesta is just like the ones we’ve seen in the pueblos, only bigger and louder. And with more firecrackers (voladores) and fireworks!

Yucatan Living Merida Fiesta  11 Day Event: August 5 through August 15
This is the fiesta carried out by San Sebastian Church in honor of the Virgen de la Asunción. These are always wonderful events, each with their union workers’ own unique processions and styles. We are fortunate to have so many of them right here in the city.

Yucatan Living Tecoh Fiesta: 9 Day Event: August 6 through August 14
This fiesta is in honor of the Virgen de la Asunción. If you are shopping for something special, some of the artisans here just happen to be woodcarvers. Tecoh has a cenote that has a light show and a restored retablo that is a must see. Take a peek here.   Tecoh is located just to the southeast of Merida, so its an easy trip that is well worth making.  

Yucatan Living Tahmek Fiesta: 5 Day Event: August 7 through August 11
This fiesta is in honor of San Lorenzo. Click here  for a great map of this area. As you can see, this entire area is quite near the city and offers easy access to some of the best artisan locations in all of Yucatan. If you haven’t visited the interior of the state, this is the perfect opportunity. San Telmo, Patron Saint of the Fisherman in Progreso

Yucatan Living Progreso Fiesta: 8 Day Event: August 7 through August 14
This fiesta is in honor of San Telmo, the patron saint of the fishermen. There are loads of festivities going on here, especially since so many folks are in town for vacation. There are parades and floats and a grand time is had by all. For you newbies all along the beach, get ready… when this fiesta is over, there’s going to be another one in your town! Summer vacation is drawing to a close and everyone is going to enjoy these last two or three weeks.

Yucatan Living Tahdziu Fiesta  6 Day Event: August 7 through August 12
This fiesta is in honor of San Lorenzo. We found pictures of Tahdzui online here  The pictures were made by visiting students from Auburn. Tahdziu is located just south of Yaxcaba. Look for hammocks of cotton and hemp here, as well as the much prized embroidery by hand. The archaeological zones of Xemas and Sitpach are both located in Tahdziu. The whole area looks just wonderful and well worth a trip to the Deep South of Yucatan.

Yucatan Living Dzoncauich Fiesta: 5 Day Event: August 8 through August 12
This fiesta is in honor of San Juan Bautista. The municipality of Dzoncauich is located just south of Temax and Buctzotz, so look for artwork and fine hemp hammocks here. With fewer than 3,000 people living in this municipality, this is one of our areas in which most of the citizens are Mayans. It has a welcoming culture and is well worth visiting.


In the City of Merida

So many people have left the city for the beach that the SSP has had to put on extra patrols to ensure that no opportunistic incidents take place in these now nearly abandoned streets. While the main party is at or near the beach, there are still a few great things to do in the city this week. In fact, a trip to Merida just to see less traffic almost seems like an event in and of itself!


Monday (Lunes) August 02, 2010

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Tuesday (Martes) August 03, 2010

Yucatan Living Café Pena K’aay T’aan / Nuevos Valores
Tonight’s performance is by Gina&Flit. They are billed as Funk Rock, but you can never judge a musical performance in Yucatan in stereotypical terms. Fusion turned out to be something akin to a marvelous Sinatra-like performer, so never miss a chance to see something new at Cafe Pena K’aay T’aan.
Location: in Casa de la Cultura del Mayab, Calle 63 x 64
Time: 8:30 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free (cash café, of course)Ballroom Dancing in Yucatan

Yucatan Living La Grand Temporada La Danza 2010
This is one of the finest events of the year! If you love Ballroom Dancing, this is the place for you. For those who do not know already, Yucatan has fallen in love with the tango and you can look to see every type of tango known to man during this season of dance. This particular event will feature 4 well known groups and could include anything from break-dancing to swing. We’ve got it all in Yucatan and we’ve got the best, but we will also have visitors from Oaxaca and from Quintana Roo, so don’t miss this performance! Lots of Jazz here to, so there’s something in this national contest for everybody!
Location: Teatro Merida, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 7:00 PM Tuesday
Admission: $50 pesos

Yucatan Living Presentation of the Piece of the Month
Plaza de la Independencia “La Plaza Grande de Merida
Location: Museum of the City of Merida, Calle 56 x 65
Time: 10:00 AM Tuesday
Admission: Free


Wednesday (Miercoles) August 04, 2010

Yucatan Living Folkloric Dance: A Tribute to Dance – the Soul of Mexico
This performance is under the direction of Raquel Alcocer.
Location: Teatro Merida, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: Tickets Available at the Box Office


Thursday (Jueves) August 05, 2010

Yucatan Living Movie: We Struggle but We Eat Fruit
The agro-forestal management realized by the Ashaninka from the APIWTXA village by the river Amônia, Acre. In the film they record on the one hand, their work to retrieve the natural resources of their reserve and re-populate their rivers and forests with native species, and one the other hand, their fight against the wood industries that invade their area at the border with Peru. English Subtitles.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: Thursday, 9:00 PM
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students.

Yucatan Living Musical Theater: Chicago!
This is a performance by Compania de Teatro Xpresion.
Location: Teatro Daniel Ayala, Calle 60 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Tickets Available at the Box Office


Friday (Viernes) August 06, 2010

Yucatan LivingTGIF (First Friday)(aka NAFTA)
This is the party that is held in La Hach Bar at Fiesta Americana on all First Friday nights. It is a time to visit with old friends and make new ones. There is nothing any prettier than the huge patio outside of La Hach, suspended between the stars and the lights of the city, in one of the finest hotels in Yucatan.
Location: La Hach Bar, Fiesta Americana Hotel, Calle 60 x Ave. Colon
Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM, botanas (snacks) are provided.
Admission: Free (cash bar)

Yucatan Living Movie: Nomadk TX
Nömadak Tx is a road movie documentary of Igor Otxoa and Harkaitz Mtnez. de San Vicente of the Basque Country in Spain who take their ancient Txalaparta percussion instrument to native peoples in India, the Arctic Circle, Mongolia, Algeria, and the Saharan Desert.
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: Friday, 9:00 PM
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students.

Yucatan Living Musical Theater: Chicago!
This is a performance by Compania de Teatro Xpresion.
Location: Teatro Daniel Ayala, Calle 60 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM FridayBenjamin Ramirez Art Show
Admission: Tickets Available at the Box Office

Yucatan Living Opening of the Art Expositions
Featured artists will be Miguel Angel Reyes and Benjamin Ramirez.
These expositions will run until Sept. 5.
Location: Centro de Artes Visuales, Calle 60 x 45
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Visual Arts / Colectiva de Artes Plastica – Manos Creativas
This is a photography expo and we think it is going to be very interesting.
Location: Centro de Artes Visuales, Calle 60 x 45
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free


Saturday (Sabado) August 02, 2010

Yucatan Living Movie: Flowers in the Desert
Every year, the indigenous Wixáritari people of west central Mexico embark on pilgrimages to visit sacred locations in the mountain ranges in Jalisco, the Wirikuta Desert, and the Aramara Sea. Hitching a ride with the Wixárika from San Jose and Tesorero, this doc is a rare glimpse into the customs, travel, and sacrifice that underpin their ancient culture. Using the camera as a tool to preserve their traditions, Flowers in the Desert
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: Saturday, 9:00 PM
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students. Progreso Beach During Summer


Sunday (Domingo) August 08, 2010

Yucatan Living Get Thee To The Beach!
That’s where everyone else is…

Coming Soon

Yucatan Living You Are Invited to the Banding of the Flamingos! – Must Register by August 15! Flamingoes in Yucatan Mexico
Dates are Sept. 4 & 5
Ninos y Crias has provided complete documentation that will inform you of all costs and responsibilities for this event. You must register early, if you wish to attend, because they are only accepting 96 volunteers and will need to plan for separating them into groups and for their training. This is a great opportunity to learn more about our state and the birds we often take for granted. So, if you want to band a bird or a few hundred birds, be sure and mark your calendars to pay your fees by August 15 and bookmark the instructions today! Please confirm your assistance to:  01 (999) 925-39-47 or FAX 01 (999) 925- 77- 47 with Mirna Poot Cetina during office hours or via e-mail to: mpcetina [at] ninosycrias [dot] org [dot] mx
Location: Puerto de Las Coloradas in the Municipality of Rio Lagartos
Time: Please see schedule from Ninos y Crias website.
Admission: $820 pesos per adults, $420 pesos for children ages 6 to 14

Yucatan Living Introductory Fun With Sculpture Workshop – August 9 & 10
Sponsored by MexicaChica Getaways. Price includes all materials and
tools needed, a beautiful artist apron and two chef-prepared meals each day
in the studio. Six hours of instruction total.
Location: Nahualli- Casa de Los Artistas, Calle 60 #405, por 43 y 45, Centro
Time: 8:30 AM to 1:30 PM
Admission: $2,300 pesos
Contact: Claudette Elizondo to reserve your spot. claudette [at] mexicachica [dot] com or (999) 901-5430

Yucatan Living 10th International Festival of Choirs Yucatan - October 9 & 13
Concert under the direction of maestro Electo Silva (Cuba). This is a 6-month-long festival that begins on April 8th and travels from Jalisco to Merida and on to Colombia and Venezuela before its final performances in Merida in October. Visit the MySpace page of Conjunto Vocal Yucatan for a complete listing of the international dates. In case there is anyone who doesnt believe that a voice is the equivalent of a musical instrument or that a choir is the equivalent of an orchestra, we invite you to listen to samples of their work on their MySpace page. We especially liked A una dama que iba cubierta and La Cochinita Pibil. Performance dates near Merida include:
October 9 & 13: 10th International Festival of Choirs Yucatan and 25th Anniversary of Conjunto Vocal Yucatan
Location: Teatro Peon Contreras, Calle 60 at Calle 57
Admission: Tickets available at the box office

Yucatan Living Yucatan 2010: Short Film Festival – November 12-21

The Yucatan 2010 Short Film Festival is calling for submissions. It is open to any non-professional resident of the Yucatan to submit their short films, and cash prizes will be awarded. Selected films will be exhibited during the festival. Films submitted must be digital videos, made in Yucatan and produced after Jan 1 2009.
One person can submit unlimited number of films. The themes must touch on mexicanidad, identidy, revolution, independence, liberty and/or democracy. There is even a category for one-minute cel phone films, as well as one for films in the Mayan language (with Spanish subtitles), and the films can be up to thirty minutes.
Screening: November 20 & 21. The public will select the winners.
Prizes: Cash prizes of $4000 and $5000 pesos for each category
For More Information: ICY Direccion de Artes Visuales, 930-4700 Ext 54035 and 54019
Submission Entry: Free

Yucatan LivingTaste of PlayaNovember 21, 2010
This is a huge annual event where over 40 restaurants are highlighted in a one day event. It was a great success last year, so be sure and put it on your list for Fall travel must see and do.
Time: 2 PM to 9 PM
More: Check the details on the Taste of Playa website.
Location: Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo

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