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Merida Events: Tunich Fair 2012

This Week… starting August 06, 2012

Municipal Fiestas This Week

Festivals and Fiestas!
Once again, Municipal Festivals and Fiestas dominate the events throughout the State of Yucatan. Considering that many have probably lost at least several days due to Ernesto, we encourage everyone to redouble their efforts to attend as many as possible. In some cases, the profits from sales at these festivals are a major source of income for producers and artisans for the entire year and they are all deserving of all the support we can give them.

Yucatan Living Merida Fiesta in San Sebastian: Ends August 15
Loads of activities going on in San Sebastian park. We can tell you that this fiesta is just like the ones we’ve seen in the pueblos, only bigger and definitely louder. And with more firecrackers (voladores) and fireworks! Activities start at around noon and at night around 10:00 pm. Where they end, nobody knows. Be prepared for loud noises, pretty lights and lots of people eating, parking, visiting and generally having a great time.

Yucatan Living 2012 Feria Tunich – August 10 to 19
This is probably the best loved crafts fair in all of Yucatan and it is an absolute must if you are shopping for your home. The fair begins on a Friday and lasts two full weekends and the week in between. Guest artisans will be from Campeche and look for our own Yucateco League of Artisans to go all out this year. Visit our article on The Stones of Dzitya to learn more about the treasures you can find in this small town on the north side of Merida. We know this fair was in danger of being cancelled this year and we are glad to see that it is going forth again this year!
Location: Town of Dzitya
Time: Friday August 10 through Sunday August 19
Admission: Free but bring plenty of shopping pesos

Yucatan Living Mama Fiesta: August 04 through 15 Tecoh, Yucatan, Traditional Fiesta
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 Tecoh Fiesta: August 06 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. Tecoh is located just to the southeast of Merida, so its an easy trip that is well worth making.

Yucatan Living Hunucma Fiesta: August 10 through August 15
This Fiesta is in honor of the Virgen de la Asunción. Hunucma has come such a long way. Fifteen years ago, it was “way out of town” but now, it’ s 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 Yobain Fiesta: 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 Tetiz Fiesta: August 10through August 15 Virgen de la Asuncion in Yucatan This Fiesta is in honor of the Virgen 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 Virgen de la Asunción makes a journey to Hunucma. Read more about it here .

Yucatan Living Dzidzantun Fiesta: 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.

Yucatan Living Oxkutzcab Fiesta: 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 Muna Fiesta: 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. To see pictures of the church, click here .

Yucatan Living Buctzotz Fiesta: August 13through 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: 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 Citilcum and Kimbila.

Yucatan Living Sanahcat Fiesta: 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.

Yucatan Living Mani Fiesta: August 15through 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 about Mani, click here. A trip to Mani is of great value for its historical significance alone. The added benefit of the restored church is just icing on the cake!

In The City

 

Monday (Lunes) August 13, 2012

Yucatan Living Opera Yucatan: Lucia de Lammermoor
Opera in the Movies in Yucatan During the Summer, Opera Yucatan screens repeat performances of the best loved operas of the previous season.
Location: Cines Siglo XXI, on the road to Progreso
Time: 7:00 PM Monday
Admission: Free

 

Tuesday (Martes) August 14, 2012

Yucatan Living Movie: Richard III
(UK, 1995). Director: Richard Loncraine. Starring: Ian McKellen, Annette Bening, Robert Downey Jr. and Maggie Smith. Sir Ian McKellen gives a masterful performance as Richard of Gloucester, the deformed, immoral and ambitious younger son of the royal house, who would do anything to get power. Ricardo employs manipulation, betrayal and murder in an escalation of crime that leads him to become king of England, and one of the most memorable villains of Shakespeare. The classic Shakespearean play about a murderously scheming king staged in an alternative fascist England setting.
Location:Centro Cultural Jose Marti / Parque de las Americas, Avenida Colon at Calle 21, Colonia García Ginéres
Time: 8:00 PM Tuesday
Admission: Free

 

Wednesday (Miercoles) August 15, 2012

Yucatan Living Ongoing Events
Check our Ongoing Events page for the things that go on EVERY Wednesday in Merida!

 

Thursday (Jueves) August 16, 2012

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

Yucatan Living Movie: 1984
This is the classic movie, starring John Hurt and Richard Burton, based on the novel by George Orwell.
Location: Cineteca Nacional Manuel Barbachano Ponce in Teatro Armando Manzanero, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 7:00 PM Thursday
Admission: Free

 

Friday (Viernes) August 17, 2012

Yucatan Living XXV Anniversary of the Alsurdanza Contemporary Dance Company of the State of Yucatan
This premier hosts a short get-together in the lobby prior to the beginning of the premiere of , 40 Dance Video, under the direction of Milton Acereto.
Location: Teatro Armando Manzanero, Calle 62 x 61.
Time: 8:30 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Japanese Film Series: The Naked Island
(1960, Japan) Director: Kaneto Shindo. This should be an interesting film. It is about an island family that must fight the forces of nature to survive. It is a drama without dialogue, in which the images themselves take on the role of narrator.
Location: Cineteca Nacional Manuel Barbachano Ponce in Teatro Armando Manzanero, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Group Art Exhibition: 1441 km Away and 1291 km Away
These events are billed as multidisciplinary visual arts events and will be open until September 15.
Location: Visual Arts Center, Calle 60 x # 411 x 45 y 47, Centro
Time: 9:00 PM Friday
Admission: Free

 

Saturday (Sabado) August 18, 2012

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 For Children: Wild Africa Crafts Workshop
The purpose of this workshop is to introduce children to the different expressions of art through play.
Location: Centro Cultural Jose Marti / Parque de las Americas , Av. Colon x Calle 20, García Ginerés.
Time: 10:00 AM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Japanese Film Series: The Naked Island
(1960, Japan) Director: Kaneto Shindo. This should be an interesting film. It is about an island family that must fight the forces of nature to survive. It is a drama without dialogue, in which the images themselves take on the role of narrator.
Location: Cineteca Nacional Manuel Barbachano Ponce in Teatro Armando Manzanero, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Emilio Said Art Exhibit

Yucatan Living Opening of the Exhibition by Emilio Said
This presentation consists of both paintings and prints. Continues until September 30th.
Location: Galeria Principal in Teatro Peon Contreras, Calle 60 x 57
Time: 9:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living XXV Anniversary of the Alsurdanza Contemporary Dance Company of the State of Yucatan
Under the direction of Milton Acereto.
Location: Teatro Armando Manzanero, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 9:00 PM Saturday
Admission: Free

 

Sunday (Domingo) August 19, 2012

Yucatan Living Documentary: Walking With Dinosaurs: Ruthless Sea
In the late Jurassic Era, Europe was reduced to an archipelago with thousands of islands and islets separated by shallow, warm sea waters. The dominant life forms were many kinds of marine reptiles, including plesiosaurs Cryptoclidus and pliosaurs Liopleurodon. Learn this and more!
Location: Museum of Natural History, Next to the Zoo on Calle 59
Time: 12:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Puss in Boots
(USA 2011) Director: Chris Miller. Starring Antonio Banderas and Salma Hayek. Long before he met Shrek, Puss in Boots undertook a journey by allying with the ingenious Humpty Dumpty and the shrewd Kitty Softpaws to steal the famous goose that lays golden eggs. Having just seen this movie for the first time, we can attest that it is well worth seeing!
Location: Cineteca Nacional Manuel Barbachano Ponce in Teatro Armando Manzanero, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 10:30 AM and 1:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Japanese Film Festival in Yucatan

Yucatan Living Japanese Film Series: Onibaba
(Japan, 1964). Director: Kaneto Shindo After being forcefully inducted as a soldier into war in 14th century Japan, his wife and mother remain living in a swamp. They eke out their living by ambushing worn-out warriors, killing them and selling their belongings to a greedy merchant. The woman comes to mistrust her daughter-in-law who has coupled up with a deserter, and begins to wear a facial mask she has taken from a slain samurai. Soon the mask will not come off again. In this disguise she is at first taken for a demon by her daughter.
Location: Cineteca Nacional Manuel Barbachano Ponce in Teatro Armando Manzanero, Calle 62 x 61
Time: 8:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Children’s Theater Event: Threads Magic Show
This is a performance by the Magical Threads Children’s Theater Company from Havana, Cuba. It is under the direction of Carlos Gonzalez, in collaboration with Theater Masks / UNIMA Mexico, Southeast Region.
Location: Teatro Daniel Ayala , Calle 60 x 61
Time: 12:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Tickets available at the box office

Toh Bird Festival 2012

Yucatan Living Bird watching Experience
Toh Bird Festival invites you this wonderful experience. You get to visit the archeological zone of Mayapan and watch some of Yucatan special birds. Space is limited and confirmation is required, so call (999)985- 5991 or e-mail dsalas60 [at] gmail [dot] com
Location: Meeting point is at Aurrera on Av. Quetzalcoatl. Bring snacks, water, sunscreen, etc.
Time: 5:00 AM to 12:00 PM Sunday
Admission: Van costs $ 800 pesos, divided between all participants.

 

Monday (Lunes) August 20, 2012

Yucatan Living Opera Yucatan: Pagliacci
During the Summer, Opera Yucatan screens repeat performances of the best loved operas of the previous season. Pagliacci is performed by the Zurich Opera.
Location: Cines Siglo XXI, on the road to Progreso
Time: 7:00 PM Monday
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Opening of the Group Exhibition: People of the Third Age INAPAM
This painting and drawing exhibition will remain open until August 30 and should be added to everyone’s list of things to do this summer in the city. Open until August 30th.
Location: Salon de Creadores Manuel Lizama Salazar, Calle 18 # 204 x 23 y 25, Col. Garcia Gineres
Time: 7:00 PM Monday
Admission: Free

 

Coming Soon

Yucatan Living Opera at the Cinema
During the Summer, Opera Yucatan screens repeat performances of the best loved operas of the previous season. This year, those repeat performances include:
Monday August 27, 2012: Norma
Monday September 3, 2012: Turandot
Monday September 10, 2012: Aida
Location: Cines Siglo XXI, on the road to Progreso
Time: 7:00 PM Monday
Admission: Free

Juanes come to Merida Yucatan

Yucatan Living Concert: Juanes Unplugged Tour – Wednesday August 29, 2012
This should be one of the most exciting concerts of the summer! If you want tickets, now is the time to get them. And if you don’t know who Juanes is, time to educate yourself! Click here…
Location: Centro de Convenciones Siglo XXI
Time: 9:00 PM, Wednesday
Admission: Tickets available at the Siglo XXI box office and at ticketmaster.com.mx
Ticket Prices (in pesos): Diamond: $1,750, VIP $1,250, Gold: $850, General $400

Yucatan Living Yucatan 2012 Arts and Entertainment Festival - August 30, 2012
Six Bands (Rock, Pop, Blues, R&B): Among Equals, Aneurisma, Flus Boox, Orange House, Sol Survivor, Volt. An entire day of music, art, food and fun. MC’d by Mel Blossom. Featured art works and pieces by local artists.
Location: Casa Excelencia, Calle 29 x 142-A y 152, Nueva Yucalpeten
Time: 3:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Admission: Advance: $200 pesos, At the Door: $250 pesos
More information: Michael Axford (mesicancoastal [at] yahoo [dot] com) or Beamon Battie (beamonbattie [at] gmail [dot] com)

Yucatan Living Concert: Alejandro SanzTuesday October 16, 2012
Another great popular singer, this time from Spain, comes to Merida this summer! The title of this tour is “La Musica No Se Toca.” Alejandro Sanz has won fifteen Latin grammy awards, including three times for Best Album, more than any other Latin artist. He has also won three Grammy awards, and was the first Spanish artist to record an MTV Unplugged album. He is known for his flamenco-influenced ballads, but also experiments with other genres. Definitely worth seeing!! Here’s a song to whet your appetite…
Location: Estadio Kukulcan, Circuito Oriente
Time: 9:00 PM Tuesday
Admission: Tickets available at Hotel Conquistador and at ticketmaster.com.mx
Ticket Prices (in pesos): Diamond: $2,850, VIP: $1,900, Lower seats (orchestra level): $750, General: $400.

Yucatan Living Third Jose Jacinto Cuevas National and International Piano CompetitionNovember 24 to December 1, 2012
Contestants in this competition are all world class pianists. Never miss even one of these performances! We even recommend the practice sessions! Be sure to be there on November 30, where you will be able to watch the three best of the best pianists compete for this award, accompanied by the Symphony Orchestra of Yucatan.
Location: Yet to be announced
Time: Yet to be announced
Admission: Yet to be announced

 

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