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Merida Events: Annual Festival of the Arts

This Week… starting October 17, 2011

Municipal Fiestas This Week

Yucatan Living Izamal Fiesta: Oct. 19 through Oct. 31
This is the fiesta in honor of Santo Cristo de Citilpech. Processions are related to trade associations, and especially to dairy workers. This city has been important to the Mayans continuously from the 4th century B.C. until today. Here you can find a shrine to its founder, Itzamná, as well as a statue of Pope John Paul II. This really is a must-attend fiesta in a must-visit city, too! For more about Izamal, check out our quick video taken this past summer.Fall Cultural Festival 2011

In The City

Yucatan Living Yucatan’s Fall Cultural Festival: October 21 through December 13
Yucatan’s Fall Cultural Festival is one of the most important annual events in all of Mexico. This year’s festival is a tribute to the great composer and singer Sergio Esquivel, known throughout Mexico and born in Yucatan. The events are all online and can be viewed from the website of the Annual Festival of the Arts. Yucatan Living will be including events for this festival in our regular Events column so our readers won’t miss anything.

Preview Sergio Esquivel’s performance in video or check out his website.

Monday (Lunes) October 17, 2011

Yucatan Living Look for events today on our ongoing events page

 

Tuesday (Martes) October 18, 2011

Yucatan Living Tribute To Dance: Grupo Folklorico Renacer
This performance is a revival of the early folkloric dances of the region. It is a movement that is gaining steam around the world. The performance is under the direction of Telly Escalante.
Location: Teatro Daniel Ayala Perez, Calle 60 x 61
Time: 7:00 PM Tuesday
Admission: Tickets Available at the Box Office

Yucatan Living Music/Song: A Sample Collective from the Workshop of Yucateca Song
The groups that come out of these collectives will be the professional voices we hear in the future throughout Yucatan and the nation. This is one of the best venues in Yucatan to hear talented new voices. This performance is under the direction of Maestro Felipe de la Cruz.
Location: Café Pena K’aay T’aan in Casa de la Cultura del Mayab, Calle 64 x 63
Time: 8:30 PM Tuesday
Admission:  Free

Yucatan Living Tuesday of Trova: Trio Los AndariegosLos Andariegos
This trio has a soft sound that makes for easy listening. They are under the direction of Renan Gamboa.
Preview Trio Los Andariegos
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:30 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

 

Wednesday (Miercoles) October 19, 2011

Yucatan Living Wednesday at the Peon: Contemporary Dance
Merida is rapidly becoming one of the best known centers of dance in the nation. Tonight’s performance is by the Alsurdanza Contemporary Dance Company of the State of Yucatan, under the direction of Milton Acereto.
Preview Alsurdanza 
Location: Teatro Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 9:00 pm, Wednesday
Admission: Tickets on sale

Yucatan Living Music: Andrea VazquezAndrea Vazquez in Concert
This young lady is one of the fine trova voices that has come out of the New Voices of the Mayab contests. Tonight’s performance is under the direction of Maestro Rene Vazquez Martin Suarez.
Preview Andrea Vazquez 
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: $50 pesos

 

Thursday (Jueves) October 20, 2011

Yucatan Living Musical Theater: CATS
This performance is by the students of the musical theater group at Universidad Marista. Everybody loves this musical. It ran from 1982 to 2000 on Broadway and a year before that off Broadway. It is the second longest running show in the history of Broadway. And now you can see it in Merida!
Location: Teatro Daniel Ayala, Calle 60 x 61
Time: 7:00 and 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Tickets available at the box office

Yucatan Living Music: Song of OctoberCity Choir
This is a performance by the wonderful Choir of the City of Merida, under the artistic direction of Maestra Nidia Gongora.
Preview the Choir of the City of Merida 
Location: Auditorium of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM Thusday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Classical Music: Mission of Peace
The invited guest performers are from the Pilgrim Church of New Jersey, who will be performing with the Daniel Ayala Perez Youth Orchestra, under the baton of their regular director, Jose Luis Chan.
Location: Teatro Armando Manzanero, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Tickets Available at the Box Office

Yucatan Living Movie
Check the Full Events Calendar for updates on this event
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: Thursday, 9:00 PM
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students.

Yucatan LivingValladolid English Library: October Presentation
The presenter this month is well known Valladolid author Rosa del Alba Quinones. She will be speaking about growing up in Valladolid and what the city was like fifty years ago. This will be an excellent opportunity to bring Spanish-speaking local friends to introduce them to the expat community.
Location: Casa Hamaca Guest House, Parque de San Juan, Valladolid, Yucatan
Time: 7:30 PM
Admission: $50 pesos donation, $20 pesos donation for students

Yucatan Living Opening of the Exhibition: Beyond the WallsBenjamin Ramirez Show
This is a solo exposition of the works of Benjamin Ramirez. Everyone is invited! Click here for our interview with Benjamin Ramirez. Also opening tonight, at the same location are three other exhibits called The Memory of the Image (Tadeusz and Renate Dabrowski), Architects and Engineers of the 20th Century in Yucatan (Dr. Elvia Gonzalez) and Constellation Memory (Jose Luis Garcia)
Location: Municipal Art Gallery of Merida in the Museum of the City, Calle 65 x 56
Time: 8:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

 

Friday (Viernes) October 21, 2011

Yucatan Living Semi-Finals for New Voices of the Mayab: New Voices of the MayabOctober 21: Valladolid
There will be 12 contestants each night. This is the 4th year of this contest. It all culminates in a huge event during the State Fair atX’matquil in November. This contest began after there was a contest to replace Timbiriche members as they aged out of the famous young group. When the contests were over, 600 young people in Yucatan had been identified as having voices that would be of commercial value. Yucatan immediately took advantage of this newly discovered natural resource and we now enjoy some of the best young voices, in both choirs and commercial groups, in the world.

Yucatan Living Movie
Check the Full Events Calendar for updates on this event
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: Friday, 9:00 PM
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students.

 

Saturday (Sabado) October 22, 2011

Yucatan LivingClassic Horror Cinema: The Pit and the PendulumThe Pit and the Pendulum
(1961, U.S.) Starring Vincent Price, John Kerr and Barbara Steele. Francis Barnard goes to Spain, when he hears his sister Elizabeth has died. Her husband Nicholas Medina, the son of the brutest torturer of the Spanish Inquisition, tells him she has died of a blood disease, but Francis finds this hard to believe. After some investigating he finds out that it was extreme fear that was fatal to his sister and that she may have been buried alive! Strange things then start to happen in the Medina castle. We sense a theme in the movies lately, don’t you?
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 6:00 and 8:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Movie.
Check the Full Events Calendar for updates on this event
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Saturday
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students.

Yucatan Living Cinema: Around Europe in 55 Shorts
Program 3: Love in Game. Films from France, Georgia, Russia, Belgium and other countries.
Location: Cineteca Nacional Manuel Barbachano Ponce in Teatro Armando Manzanero
Time: 8:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Hotel Zamna: A Night of Two Cultures
This is Hotel Zamna’s first event of the season. Dinner consists of tomato and onion soup, Pork Napoli, vegetables, pasta and a peach sundae served with ice cream and topping.
Location: Casa Zamna, Calle 53 #547, Barrio de Santiago, Centro
Time: Doors Open at 7:00 PM. Dinner served at 7:30 PM. Live Concert at 9:30 PM.
Admission: $125 pesos per guest. Attendance by ticket only. Tickets available now from hotel reception.
Phone: 999-924-0103

Yucatan Living Races: Primer Circuito Mérida-Chedraui 2011: Go Karts and Mountain Bikes
This event will be held monthly through the end of the year. Thirty Go Karts, fifteen of them from Merida and the rest from Campeche and Cancun compete in a 300-meter race. The bike race is a 5-lap elimination race that is open to the public.
Location: The back of the Macro-Plaza Mall parking lot, across from the Xtabay roundabout, on the way to Chichi Suarez.
Go Kart Race Time:12:00 PM
Registration: Go Karts $200 pesos, can register up to 11:00 AM. Must have own safety gear.
Bike Race Time:10:00 AM
Registration: Bike Race: 50 bikes available for children and adults: $20 pesos, can register up to 9:00 AM

Sunday (Domingo) October 23, 2011

Yucatan Living Classic Horror Cinema: The Mask of Fu ManchuThe Mask of Fu Manchu
(1932, U.S.) Starring Boris Karloff, Lewis Stone and Karen Morley. Englishmen race to find the tomb of Ghengis Khan. They have to get there fast, as the evil genius Dr. Fu Manchu is also searching, and if he gets the mysteriously powerful relics, he and his diabolical daughter will enslave the world! Oh no!
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 11:00 AM Sunday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Documentary: The Ultimate Guide to Sharks
They have sailed the seas for 400 million years, survived the extinction of the dinosaurs and play an important role in the stability of the marine ecosystem. Find out more about them!
Location: Natural History Museum, Calle 59, next to the zoo
Time: 12:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Cinema: Around Europe in 55 Shorts
Program 4: Love Strange Feeling. Films will be shown from Spain, Kosovo, Croatia, Ireland and others.
Location: Cineteca Nacional Manuel Barbachano Ponce in Teatro Armando Manzanero
Time: 8:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Concert: Ricky MartinRicky Martin in Yucatan
Get your tickets if you still can. Or just stand outside and listen to the screaming and the music. This crowd is expected to reach 15,000 people.
Location: Parque de Béisbol Kukulcán, on the Kukulkan Stadium, Circuito Colonias
Time: 8:30 PM Sunday
Admission: $2,300 (VIP), $1,800 (Platino), $1,300 (Palco), $900 (Butaca baja) and $300 (Butaca alta). There is a commission charged for issuing the ticket.
Tickets: Segafreddo (Gran Plaza), Mister Tennis (Galerías Mérida), Farmacias del Ahorro, the stadium box office and www.superboletos.com.

Yucatan Living Concert in Progreso
This coming week will see Progreso hosting the National Convention of the Mexican Navy. The entertainment, on Sunday, October 23, is a “must attend” performance by the Orquesta Sinfónica, la Banda de Música, and Mariachi of the Secretaría de la Defensa Nacional, and the Coro de la Marina-Armada.
Location: Parque Principal in Progreso
Time: 6:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free.

Coming Soon

Yucatan Living Chelem’s Oktoberfest Funky Market: Tuesday October 25
Come one! Come all! to the Funky Market in Chelem. This is a good place to find art and handicrafts from all over Yucatan. They close off the street, Coca Cola brings two big tents, and vendors start setting up by 8:00 AM or 9:00 AM - some inside with smaller items others under the tents. Vendors come from Muna, Merida, Telchac & Progreso. Food and drinks will be available for purchase.
Location: TacoMaya Restaurant, north side of the baseball park in Chelem
Time: 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Races: Primer Circuito Mérida-Chedraui 2011: Go Karts and Mountain Bikes: Next Race: October 22 (at night)
This event will be held monthly through the end of the year. Thirty Go Karts, fifteen of them from Merida and the rest from Campeche and Cancun compete in a 300-meter race. The bike race is a 5-lap elimination race that is open to the public.
Location: The back of the Macro-Plaza Mall parking lot, across from the Xtabay roundabout, on the way to Chichi Suarez. 
Go Kart Race Time: 12:00 PM
Registration: Go Karts $200 pesos, can register up to 11:00 AM  Must have own safety gear.
Bike Race Time: 10:00 AM
Registration: Bike Race: 50 bikes available for children and adults: $20 pesos, can register up to 9:00 AM

Yucatan Living Semi-Finals for New Voices of the MayabNew Voices of the Mayab: October 28 in Progreso
There will be 12 contestants each night. This is the 4th year of this contest. It all culminates in a huge event during the State Fair atX’matquil in November. This contest began after there was a contest to replace Timbiriche  members as they aged out of the famous young group. When the contests were over, 600 young people in Yucatan had been identified as having voices that would be of commercial value. Yucatan immediately took advantage of this newly discovered natural resource and we now enjoy some of the best young voices, in both choirs and commercial groups, in the world.

Yucatan LivingArt Opening: An Eclectic Collection: October 28
The work in this exhibit at Soho Galleries includes sculptures, watercolors, oils and acrylics, digital photography, and tutupiches, sculptures made out of paper streamers. If you’ve never seen tutupiches, made by local artist Geraldo Aviles, it’s worth a visit just for that alone. Artists also include world-famous Yovani Caise, emerging artists Joan Tamayo and Carlos Becerra, Jose Tomas from the US, and local favorites Jorge Espinosa Torre and Hector Zubieta. Guest chef Alfred Rordame from Macan che B&B in Izamal prepares vegan delights for guests. The exhibit will be open until February 2012. For information, go to the Soho Galleries website.

Yucatan Living Joaquin Sabina in Concert: October 30, 2011
Singer Joaquin Sabina brings his new tour “El Penultimo Tren” to Merida.
Location: Centro de Convenciones Siglo XXI, Calle 60 Norte #299-E Ex-Codemex, Col. Revolución, Between Gran Plaza and Liverpool 
Time: TBA
Admission: Tickets at Centro de Convenciones Siglo XXI
Prices: $1,500 (Diamante), $1,200 (VIP), $900 (Platino), $600 (Oro) and $350 (Plata).
Info: 941-6095 and 313-1066.

Yucatan Living International Women’s Club Halloween Party: Sunday October 30
Prizes, Botanas, Cash bar, and Dancing to Classic Rock ‘n Roll by Deejay Vic Jorgensen. This is going to be a great party. Its been a long time since we had fun with a costume party. Be sure and bring your cameras! Costumes encouraged – Fun mandatory!
Location: Centro de Artes Visuales, Calle 60 x 47 y 45, Sta. Ana
Time: 7:30 PM to Midnight
Admission: $100 pesos each or reserve a table for 8. Buy tickets at IWC and Men’s Club functions, MELL, NAFTA, or e-mail: Marianne Kehoe at kehoedds [at] comcast [dot] net

Yucatan Living Hanal Pixan 2011: UADY’s XII Contest of Altars: Monday October 31, 2011Hanal Pixan or Day of the Death in Merida
This is a great contest with some pretty good prizes. First place wins $5,000 pesos, second place wins $3,000 pesos, and third place wins $2,000 pesos. All students enrolled in UADY can participate. The contest won’t take place until the 31st, but they can begin setting up on Sunday afternoon at 3:00 PM, so a little side trip to take a peek might be fun. By the way, this is also the day when you’ll see altars in the Plaza Grande, and the night for Corridor of the Souls that starts at L’Ermita (Calle 66 at Calle 75).
Location: Central Patio of Centro Cultural Universitario (Calle 60 x 57)
Time: 9:00 AM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Chuburna Puerto Free English School & Halloween: Monday October 31
The Chuburna Puerto Free English school also teaches cultural topics and, in an effort to give students a taste of how Halloween is done in the U.S. and Canada, they are going Trick or Treating on October 31. If anyone lives west of Chelem, especially from about Aruba to Chuburna Puerto and would like to have Trick or Treaters come to your home, please go to Yolisto and PM (private message) Nubinskis with your e-mail, phone number, address and questions if you have any.

Time: They will split the 40 students into small groups and go to pre-arranged homes between 6:30 PM and 8:00 PM.

Yucatan Living The Annual BIG BAZAAR in Chelem: November 4 and 5
This is an annual garage sale and more, for the benefit of the dogs and cats at the beach and beyond. They are still taking donations and even have access to a truck to come and pick up serviceable items. Since Jeanne has been under the weather, please contact Kitty or Al if you would like to donate items.

Yucatan Living 4th Annual Latin American Bloggers: Saturday  November 5, 2011 
Good friends, good food, great seminars and loads of fun go a long way toward building better bloggers who then create successful blogs. If you haven’t attended the annual Latin American Bloggers’ Conference  in Merida.
Location: Tecnología Turística Total (TTT) Calle 57 No. 492 por 56 y 58, Merida, Centro
Time: See Agenda on website.
Email: latambloginfo [at] gmail [dot] comXmatkuil Fair

Yucatan Living Xmatquil Fair: November 11 through December 4
For our visitors, this is the huge State Fair of Yucatan and it is spectacular! More to come as events are announced.

Yucatan Living Annual Gala for Sanctuary Evolucion: Saturday Nov 12
A Taste of Merida: snacks provided by local chefs and restaurants. Maricarmen Perez and Colin Gow will sing. This is going to be a wonderful night! Proceeds go to help fund Pekamigos at Evolucion.
Location: Casa Gloria, Calle 60 #609 x 73 y 75, Centro, Merida
Time: 6:45 PM to 11:00 PM
Admission: $200 pesos per person. Tickets on sale now.
Tickets available through Silvia Cortés at slv_cc [at] hotmail [dot] com 9991-93-06-28

Yucatan Living Galería NAHUALLI Dinner November 19Galeria Nahualli, Casa de los Artistas
An evening to delight the senses. A night of art, dinner and music chosen to please the most discerning guests. This year they have invited six artists from Cuba and of course, the hosts will be Abel Vázquez and Melva Medina, some of Merida’s finest artists. For your ears, Pawel Blaszkowski on the violin and Ruth Bennett on the harp, both members of the Symphony Orchestra of Yucatan. Martin Älvarez Ibarrondo will perform his culinary magic in the kitchen. And they have added an extra touch. As part of the exhibit, the banquet tables will be set with service plates hand-painted by the artists, and these will be available for purchase after the meal.
Location: Calle 60, #405 x 43 and 45, Barrio Santa Ana
Time: 6:00 pm
Admission: $500 pesos

Yucatan Living The TOH Marathon Bird Watch: Nov. 25 – 27
Gather your team of four to nine people and visit the TOH Festival de Aves website for more information and updates.

Yucatan Living First Annual Merida Music Festival: November 20
All day music festival featuring 12 bands, including bands from Cuba, Ireland and the Symphony Orchestra of Yucatan. Only 2000 tickets will be sold. The event will be catered by Hennessy’s, everyone’s favorite Irish pub.  
Location: At Hacienda Dzibikak… if you have never been there, this will be a great opportunity to see one of Yucatan’s lovely renovated haciendas.
Time: More information to follow.
Admission: Tickets will be $195 MXN per person or $350 MXN per couple.

Yucatan Living The ANNY Art Show: Arte A Mano: December 3 & 4
This is the 7th edition of this show and, this year they have a lot of new artists, including some from Quintana Roo. They have contracted with an old and well-known Yucatecan restaurant to provide food service. More information soon! For those who do not know: AANY stands for Amigos de Artistas/Aartesanos Nuevos de Yucatan.


Yucatan Living International Women’s Day Event: March 8 – 10, 2012
This event has been organized by We Move Forward, an organization dedicated to helping women reach their full potential. Please visit the website of We Move Forward for more information. .
Location: Isla Mujeres
Time: TBA
Admission: $645 USD until Nov 30, $695 USD thereafter. Includes membership in WMF. Group rates are available. Reservations are now being taken.

Have an event you want us to publicize? Just email the information to: info [at] yucatanliving [dot] com. We publish every Monday night.


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One Response to “Merida Events: Annual Festival of the Arts”

  1. I will be visiting Merida Jan-Feb 2012. Looking forward to my visit and meeting the wonderful people.

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