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Merida Events: August is About Fairs

This Week… starting August 09, 2010

 

Municipal Fiestas This Week

Yucatan Living Note: Be sure to look back at the Municipal Festivals and Fiestas beginning last week. Many of them are continuing through this week and beyond.

Yucatan Living Dzidzantun Fiesta: 5 Day Event: August 10 through August 14
This fiesta is in honor of Santa Clara, with the processionals taking place on August 11th. For those of you who do not know where Dzidzantun is located, just take out a map of Yucatan and look along the beach to the east of Chicxulub and Telchac. Most of the inhabitants of this area are fishermen, but it is well worth anyone’s time to explore beaches that are not loaded with tourists and visitors, especially at this time of year. Oxkutzcab, Yucatan

Yucatan Living Oxkutzcab Fiesta: 9 Day Event: August 10 through August 18
Oxkutzcab is our Orange Capital and that fact is evident in every fiesta in the area. Look in Oxkutzcab for artisans who work with stone, clay, and jewelry. The Oxkutzcab community has thrown itself into bringing their entire area into the 21st century and this late summer fiesta is no exception. If you haven’t been to the Fall Orange Festival in Oxkutzcab, click here for a great site from which to explore this up and coming city in Yucatan.

Yucatan Living Tetiz Fiesta: 6 Day Event: August 10 through August 15
This fiesta is in honor of the Nuestra Señora de la Asunción. The area is on the coast, just this side of Celestun. This is the land of flamingos, so cameras are a must when visiting in the area. You might want to also plan on another visit to this area for the Festival of Candelaria in February, when the Virgin of the Asunción makes a journey to Hunucma. Read more about it here.

Yucatan Living Yobain Fiesta: 1 Day Event: August 10 through August 18
This fiesta is in honor of San Lorenzo. Here is a great map to this area. This municipality has everything from a coastline to agriculture and beekeeping, and all while still retaining a distinctly rural character. It is a great place to just wander and take pictures on a lazy day with nothing else to do. The shopping isn’t bad either. This is the municipality in which the artisans work with shells, including snail shells, so look for some outstanding work here.

Yucatan Living Hunucma Fiesta: 6 Day Event: August 10 through August 15
This fiesta is in honor of the Virgen de la Asunción. Hunucma has come such Virgen de la Asuncion Fiestas a long way. Fifteen years ago, it was "way out of town" but now, it is just around the corner. Much has happened in Hunucma in those years and the fairs and festivals reflect their growth and development. Look for typical clothing, henequen sandals, carved coconut shells, original jewelry designs, saddlery and leather goods. For a sneak preview of Hunucma, click here to see Bicycle Yucatan’s visit there.

Yucatan Living Muna Fiesta: 4 Day Event: August 12 through August 15
This fiesta is in honor of the Virgen de la Asunción. Come to enjoy the fiesta and shop for jewelry, wood and stone carvings, and leather goods.

Yucatan Living Buctzotz Fiesta: 13 Day Event: August 13 through August 25
This fiesta is in honor of Santa Clara. This is one fiesta that you don’t want to miss. Not only do the finest hemp hammocks come from Buctzotz, but this municipality seems to consistently produce some of the finest artists in all of Yucatan. Do plan on making the short trip to Buctzotz sometime during this two week event. Take a little preview trip to Buctzotz with Bicycle Yucatan here.

Yucatan Living Izamal Fiesta: 11 Day Event: August 15 through August 25
This fiesta is in honor of the Patron Saint of the population, the Nuestra Señora de Izamal. Two statues had been made exactly alike in Guatemala, one for Izamal and the other for Merida. It seems that many miracles were brought about because of the "Our Lady of Izamal" but, in 1829, there was a fire and she was destroyed. The other statue was donated from Merida to Izamal. There was a solemn procession to bring her to her new home, but never again have the miracles appeared. Izamal is one of the magical cities of Yucatan and, indeed, in all of Mexico and their fiesta is certainly not to be missed. If you are shopping your way through the fiestas, look in Izamal for jewelry, leather goods, ceramics from the town of Citilcum, and wood and leather crafts from Mani FiestaCitilcum and Kimbila.

Yucatan Living Mani Fiesta: 10 Day Event: August 15 through August 24
This fiesta is in honor of the Virgen de la Asunción. The artisans of Mani produce some of the finest hammocks in Yucatan. In addition, Mani is the place where Fr. Diego de Landa did his best to destroy Mayan history and religion. For more on this story, click here. A trip to Mani is of great value for its historical significance alone. The added benefit of the restored church is icing on the cake. Read more about The Ghosts of Mani here.

Yucatan Living Sanahcat Fiesta: 1 Day Event: August 15
This fiesta is in honor of the Virgen de la Asunción. Sanahcat is just a little west of about the center of the State of Yucatan. It is a small municipality of about 1,500 people who are mostly engaged in farming or raising cattle. Sanahcat reminds one of the rural American towns… maybe 300 people in town but, ring an emergency church bell and watch the neighbors pour in from the countryside. Its the sort of place where you can easily convince yourself that the modern world hasn’t intruded everywhere quite yet – only to discover later that half the folks in Sanahcat are surfing the net. Looking for the real Yucatan? This is where you will find it.

 

In the City of Merida

 

Monday (Lunes) August 09, 2010

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, between Calle 43 and 45, Centro
Time: 8:30 AM to 1:30 PM
Admission: $2,300 pesos
Contact: Email Claudette Elizondo to reserve your spot or call (999) 901-5430

 

Tuesday (Martes) August 10, 2010

Yucatan Living Café Pena K’aay T’aan / Nuevos Valores
Tonight, there will be an array of interpreters. Come and hear what the next generation has to give us!
Location: in Casa de la Cultura del Mayab, Calle 63 x 64
Time: 8:30 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free (cash café, of course)

Yucatan Living Tribute to Dance by Compania Folklorica of the Southeast
This traditional dance performance is under the direction of Eugenia Olsen.
Location: Teatro Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 9:00 PM Tuesday
Admission: Tickets available at the box officeAcross the Universe

Yucatan Living Cinema: Across the Universe
(2007, U.S.) Director: Julie Taymor. The music of the Beatles and the Vietnam War form the backdrop for the romance between an upper-class American girl and a poor Liverpudlian artist. This movie does a wonderful job of reinterpreting some of the most loved Beatles’ songs, making them even MORE loveable. The cast is incredibly talented, too. If you are looking for a movie that leaves you walking away, feeling good… this is it!
Location: Centro Cultural Jose Marti, Av. Colon x Calle 20, García Ginerés
Time: 8:00 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

 

Wednesday (Miercoles) August 11, 2010

Yucatan Living A Night of Romantic Song
Its Wednesday and time for a trip down memory lane at the Museum of Yucateca Song. Tonight’s performance is by the Rondalla Yucatan and includes such topics as “I Love Life,” “Meridano,”  “If You Have a Thought For Me,” and “Envious Night.” These are well-known (in some circles…) Yucatecan songs from years ago, muy romantico and not something you want to miss! And seeing them sung and performed in the environment of the Music Museum adds something special. For that price, how can you resist?
Location: Museo de la Cancion Yucateca, Calle 57 x 50
Time: 9:00 Wednesday
Admission: $10 pesos

Yucatan Living Classic Dance: Closing of III Certamen de Talentos de Danza Clasica: Socorro Ceron
Location: Teatro Merida, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: Tickets available at the box office

Yucatan Living Wednesday at the Peon: An Appointment with Danza Tatzudanza
This performance is under the direction of Tatiana Zugazagoitia.
Location: Teatro Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 9:00 PM Wednesday
Admission: Tickets available at the box office

Thursday (Jueves) August 12, 2010

Yucatan Living Movie: TBD
You know how it is… they never want to tell us what’s playing until the last minute. But be assured, it will be something good! As soon as they let us know, we’ll update this page. So check back often!
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 of this famous musical 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

Yucatan Living Tribute to Dance with Compania de Danza Folklorica Kaambal


This traditional dance performance is under the direction of Abraham Espinosa
Location: Teatro Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Tickets available at the box office

Yucatan Living Inauguration of the Collective Exposition: Edit & Exit
Location: Salas Temporales (Temporary Rooms) in the Museum of the City of Merida, Calle 65 x 56
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Inauguration of the Collective Exposition: Se Vende
Location: Galeria of Municipal Arte in the Museum of the City of Merida, Calle 65 x 56
Time: 9:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

 

Friday (Viernes) August 13, 2010

Yucatan Living Inauguration of the 51st Book Fair
Location: In the Halls of the Municipal Palace, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 11:00 AM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Dance: III Sample of Danza de Municipios in Merida
Dates: Until the 15th of August
Location: Teatro Merida, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 7:00 PM Friday
Admission: Tickets available at the box office

Yucatan Living Salma la Bicentenaria
This performance is under the direction of Raul Niño
Location: Teatro Daniel Ayala, Calle 60 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: Tickets available at the box office

Yucatan Living SLOW FOOD MARKET this morning as usual… but the bakery is closed until August 22

Yucatan Living Movie: TBD
You know how it is… they never want to tell us what’s playing until the last minute. But be assured, it will be something good! As soon as they let us know, we’ll update this page. So check back often!
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: Friday, 9:00 PM
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students.

 

Saturday (Sabado) August 14, 2010

Yucatan Living Movie: TBD
You know how it is… they never want to tell us what’s playing until the last minute. But be assured, it will be something good! As soon as they let us know, we’ll update this page. So check back often!
Location: LA 68, Calle 68 at Calle 55, Centro
Time: Saturday, 9:00 PM
Admission: $30 pesos, $15 pesos students.

Yucatan Living Special Lecture at Merida English Language Library
Lecturer: Dr. Russell Greaves is a Research Associate of the Peabody Museum of Ethnology and Archaeology at Harvard University, and teaches in the Department of Human Evolutionary Biology at Harvard. He has over 29 years of experience in archaeology of the western U.S., spent 3 years living with Pume hunters and gatherers in Venezuela, has worked with Navajo pastoralists in New Mexico and Arizona, and with various agricultural native groups in the southwestern U.S. Dr. Greaves has worked with the Maya of Xculoc since 2003.
Topic: The Maya of Xculoc (A Yucatan Peninsula Village).
Subject: Researchers follow the rapid leap forward of one rural Mayan village as they struggle with the differences inherent in the change from traditional cultural prescriptions to a 21st century technology-driven culture.
Location: Merida English Language Library, Calle 53 x 68
Time: Saturday, 11:00 AM
Admission:
Call the Library: 924 – 8401

Yucatan Living Must Register for Banding Flamingos by August 15Flamingoes in Yucatan Mexico (that’s tomorrow!!)
Dates for Banding are Sept. 4 & 5
Niños 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
Information: Please see schedule from Niños y Crias website.
Admission: $820 pesos per adults, $420 pesos for children ages 6 to 14

Yucatan Living Tribute to Dance: Romeo and Juliet
This performance is by the Classical Dance Company of the State of Yucatan, under the direction of Victor Salas.
Location: Teatro Peon Contreras
Time: 9:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Tickets available at the box office.

Yucatan Living Classic Cinema Diva Double Feature: Born to Sin (aka I’m No Angel)
(1933, US). Starring Mae West. This is the origin of that famous phrase, "Why don’t you come up and see me sometime – any time!"
Location: Cineteca Nacional Manuel Barbachano Ponce in Teatro Merida, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 5:00 PM Saturday
Admission: FreeThe Spoilers

Yucatan Living Classic Cinema Diva Double Feature: The Devil is a Woman (aka The Spoilers)
(1933, U.S.) Starring Marlene Dietrich and John Wayne. This is a riproaring adventure yarn with claimjumpers, a sexy romantic triangle, loads of humor, and, to cap things off, the most spectacular fistfight in screen history!
Location: Cineteca Nacional Manuel Barbachano Ponce in Teatro Merida, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Salma la Bicentenaria
This performance is under the direction of Raul Niño
Location: Teatro Daniel Ayala
Time: 9:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Tickets available at the box office

 

Sunday (Domingo) August 15, 2010

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

Yucatan Living Classic Diva Cinema: China Seas
(1935, U.S.) Starring Jean Harlow and Clarke Gable. When earthy Dolly Portland is rejected by Captain Gaskell in favor of a socialite, she aids Jamesy McCardle, in league with Malay pirates, in his plot to seize his ship.
Location: Cineteca Nacional Manuel Barbachano Ponce in Teatro Merida, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 5:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Salma la Bicentenaria
This performance is under the direction of Raul Niño
Location: Teatro Daniel Ayala
Time: 8:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Tickets available at the box office

Yucatan Living Tribute to Dance: Romeo and Juliet
This performance is by the Classical Dance Company of the State of Yucatan, under the direction of Victor Salas.
Location: Teatro Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 8:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Tickets available at the box office.

Coming Soon

Yucatan Living 10th International Festival of Choirs Yucatan - October 9 & 13Festival of Choirs Yucatan
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 in Merida are:
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, identity, revolution, independence, liberty and/or democracy. There is even a category for one-minute cellphone 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 Fee:Free

Yucatan Living Taste 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.
Location: Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo
Time: 2 PM to 9 PM
More Information: Check the details on the Taste of Playa website.


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One Response to “Merida Events: August is About Fairs”

  1. I am confused about the day on which the Slow Food Market is open to the public. Friday or Saturday. It is listed under Friday in this week’s EVENTS, and I thought it was changed to Saturdays? Can you confirm?

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