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The Festival of the City Continues!

Festival of the City: 466th Anniversary of the Founding of MeridaFestival of the City of Merida Yucatan

Come to the party!!! This is the second year the City of Merida has had this kind of photo album and it is just marvelous. You can see everything that has been happening on a day-by-day basis. All you have to do is pick a day here. When you are on the first page of the day you choose, look at the list in the bottom left corner of the page. That is a list of event photo albums for that day, so don’t think that the first album is all there is. This is the best way to still go to the party, even if you can’t get to Merida (especially for all you folks in the States and Canada). Remember – this is the Galeria and soon, every page there will be filled with wonderful albums for your enjoyment.

A word to the wise: many of the following events are free, but that does not mean that tickets are unlimited. If you are counting on attending any of the more important events in places like the Jose Peon Contreras Theatre, it is best to go to the box office a few days in advance to pick up your ticket.

Monday (Lunes) January 14, 2008


Yucatan Living Cuarteto Blas Galindo
Directed by David Pérez Flores, this is a cuartet of young classical musicians from Merida.
Location: Teatro Felipe Carrillo Puerto, Calle 60 # 491-A entre 57 y 59
Time: 9:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Felipe de la Cruz in Concert
Felipe de la Cruz will be singing his homage and gratitude to Merida, in a program he has entitled Mérida, Muchacha Linda (Merida, Pretty Girl). The show will feature the City Chorus, as well as many other musicians and promises to be quite a spectacular.
Location: Teatro José Peón Contreras
Time: 9:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living A Magnificent Vaquería
This Vaquería will be a splendid event that will integrate performances by the Folkloric Ballets of the City (Infantil, Juvenil, and Adults), Students of the Municipal School of Folklore, the Folkloric Ballet of the Academy of Dance, and the Jaranera Orchestra of the City Council of Merida.
Time: 9:00 PM
Location: First floor of the Municipal Palace (Calle 62 x 61)
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Conversaciones con Amigos (Conversations with Friends)
Practice Spanish or English with friends. Membership not necessary.
Location: Merida English Library , Calle 53 #524 x 66 y 68.
Time: 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Admission: Small Donation

Tuesday (Martes) January 15, 2008

Yucatan Living Dance Event: Merida Dances
Tonight in Santiago, there will be a national dance show and a Ballroom Dance Contest. Come out and dance!
Location
: Parque Santiago, Calle 59 at 72
Time: 8:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Concert: Grupo Yahalkab
A concert to celebrate trova music, the music of the Yucatan, under the direction of Maestro Ricardo Vega.
Location: Dr. Silvio Zavala Vallado Auditorium in the Olimpo, Calle 61 at Calle 62
Time: 8:300 PM
Admission: Free


Yucatan Living Concert: The Medinas in Concert
Three famous local singers: María Medina, Cacho and Carlos Medina give a live concert in honor of the Festival of the City.
Location: Teatro José Peón Contreras, Calle 60 núm. 490 entre 57 y 59
Time: 9:00 PM
Admission: Free

Wednesday (Miercoles) January 16, 2008

Yucatan Living Obra Felicidad (Building Happiness)
A play performed by Agrupación Teatral Independiente, under the direction of Enrique Cascante, a well-known and much-admired local theatre director.
Location: Dr. Silvio Zavala Vallado Auditorium in the Olimpo, Calle 61 at Calle 62
Time: 9:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Jazz Tunkul
Live jazz under the direction of local jazz artist, Alberto Palomo
Location: Teatro Daniel Ayala, Calle 60 #499 between 59 and 61
Time: 9:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Las Mayas International
A music event not to be missed. If you’ve never seen Las Mayas Internacionales (The International Mayas), treat yourself to the singing and playing of these Yucatecan women dressed in full costume singing the favorite songs of Merida. Tonite, they will be accompanied by Marco Rubio. As with many big events during the festival, the concert is free, but you need a ticket. It’s best to get your ticket early, as many of these events have been selling out.
Location: Teatro José Peón Contreras, Calle 60 #490 between 57 and 59
Time: 9:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Collective Vision of the City of Merida
Tonite is the opening of a group show at the City Museum, featuring local artists from Merida.
Location: Museo de la Ciudad de Mérida. Calle 65 x 56
Time: 9:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living M.E.L. House & Garden Tour
Conducted by Keith Heitke for the benefit of M.E.L.
Location : The tour departs from the Merida English Library, Calle 53 No. 517 between Calle 66 and 68 and ends at Calle 59 No. 572 between Calle 72 and 74.
Time : 9:45 AM – 12:30 PM, all Wednesdays, October thru March.
Reservations : (999) 924-8401
Information : sterlingheitke [at] prodigy [dot] net [dot] mx
Admission : $200 pesos

Yucatan Living Poker Night at Mercer Cigars
Wednesday nights are poker nights at Mercer Cigars. Everyone who participates gets a free Cuban cigar. Buy-in is $500 pesos and First place takes 60% plus a Romeo & Juliet Churchill cigar. Complimentary refreshments will be served, and beer, wine, food and cigars are available. Call for more information or to reserve your spot!
Location : Mercer Cigars, Prolongacion Montejo 85-3, 15 y 17, Colonia Mexico (next to La Parilla )
Time : 8:30 P.M.
Phone : 944-3647

Yucatan Living Live Jazz
Rosario will grace the stage with live jazz vocalization.
Time: 1:30 and 10:50 PM
Location: Jazzin’ Merida, Calle 56 #465 between 53 and 55
Admission: Small cover charge

Thursday (Jueves) January 17, 2008

Yucatan Living Live Jazz
Arturo Guzman, Edgar Boffill and Jeff Kipperman are JAZZBE.
Time: 9:30 and 10:50 PM
Location: Jazzin’ Merida, Calle 56 #465 between 53 and 55
Admission: Small cover charge

Yucatan Living Symphonic Orchestra of Yucatan
Tonite’s performance is Gran Gala de Ballet under the masterful direction of José Luis Chan Sabido.
Soloists from the Center of Art Bertha de la Peña.
An evening of Mozart, Tchaikovsky, Minkus, Khachaturian, and Luigini, featuring everything from ‘The Lady of the Camellias’ to the ‘Egyptian Ballet’. This is the first program of the Spring season and certainly something no one would want to miss. There are three opportunities to see this performance this week, so everyone will have the opportunity to enjoy one of the greatest treasures of Yucatan.
Location: Teatro José Peón Contreras, Calle 60 #490 between 57 and 59
Time: 9:00 PM
Admission: $250, $200, $150, $100. Tickets at the box office.

Yucatan Living “To Remember is to Live”
Live music under the trees in one of Merida’s oldest parks. This dance starts early and ends at a reasonable hour. Music is by the exceptionally accomplished Jaranara Orchestra. Come on down and enjoy the Big Band sound, something you’re not likely to hear anywhere else but in Merida these days.
Location: Parque Zoológico del Centenario (The Zoo), Calle 59 at Avenida Itzaes
Time: 4:00 PM
Admission:
Free

Yucatan Living Double Feature Tribute to Ingmar BergmanIngmar Bergman
Location: Video Sala of the Olimpo
Admission: Free

First Feature: Through a Glass Darkly (Sweden,1961) One of Bergman’s chamber dramas, this film focuses on a family vacationing on a bleak island in the Baltic Sea. The movie exposes their weaknesses, their inability to support or comfort each other and their thoughts on God, art and Life.
Time: 6:00 PM

Second Feature: The Passion of Ana (Sweden, 1961) Andreas, a man struggling with the recent demise of his marriage and his own emotional isolation, befriends a married couple also in the midst of psychological turmoil. In turn he meets Anna, who is grieving the recent deaths of her husband and son. She appears zealous in her faith and steadfast in her search for truth, but gradually her delusions surface. Andreas and Anna pursue a love affair, but he is unable to overcome his feelings of deep humiliation and remains disconnected. Meanwhile, the island community is victimized by an unknown person committing acts of animal cruelty.
Time: 8:00 PM

Yucatan Living A Night of Guitars
Musical guitar concert featuring Armando Manzanero Arjona, Gerardo Varez, Marco Morel and other guest performers.
Location: Dr. Silvio Zavala Vallado Auditorium at the Olimpo.
Calle 62 and Calle 61.
Time: 9:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan LivingYucatan Serenade
The signature serenade of Merida and in the romantic heart of the City.
This week features some important performers: The Jaranera Orchestra, the Folkloric Ballet of the City, Las Maya International, and Los Juglares.
Location: Parque Santa Lucía , Calle 60 and 55
Time: 9:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Ballet Español de Cuba Ballet Español de Cuba
The beautiful ballet dancers from Cuba come to Merida as part of the Festival of the City. It’s sure to be a packed house.
Location: Teatro Mérida, Calle 62 #495 between 59 and 61
Time: 9:00 PM
Admission: Free

Friday (Viernes) January 18, 2008

Yucatan Living Cinema Tribute to Ingmar Bergman
Scenes from a Marriage
( Sweden, 1973). The film follows a couple who marry, have extramarital affairs, argue, divorce, and yet continue to have a relationship. One of Bergman’s most famous films.
Location: Videosala at the Olimpo, Calle 61 at Calle 62
Time: 7:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Symphonic Orchestra of Yucatan
Tonite’s performance is Gran Gala de Ballet under the masterful direction of José Luis Chan Sabido.
Soloists from the Center of Art Bertha de la Peña. An evening of Mozart, Tchaikovsky, Minkus, Khachaturian, and Luigini, featuring everything from ‘The Lady of the Camellias’ to the ‘Egyptian Ballet’. This is the first program of the Spring season and certainly something no one would want to miss. There are three opportunities to see this performance this week, so everyone will have the opportunity to enjoy one of the greatest treasures of Yucatan.
Location: Teatro José Peón Contreras, Calle 60 #490 between 57 and 59
Time: 9:00 PM
Admission: $250, $200, $150, $100. Tickets at the box office.

Yucatan Living Gente D’Zona (People of the Zone) Concert Gente D'Zona reggaeton group in Merida
A huge concert on the main square featuring a Cuban group performing the popular reggaeton music.
Location: Centro Historico, Calle 62 x Calle 61.
Time: 8:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Live Jazz
Tonite’s live music features the Armando Martin & Carlos Rodrigues Quartet.
Time: 9:30 and 10:50 PM
Location: Jazzin’ Merida, Calle 56 #465 between 53 and 55
Admission: Small cover charge

Yucatan Living Found Feelings
A musical evening with the magic voice of Lenny Sánchez.
Location: Parque La Ermita, Calle 66 x 77
Time: 8:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Cosmovisions 2008 Collective
Tonite is the opening of Cosmovisions 2008, a collective art show.
Location: Enrique Trava Galería de Autor, Calle 60 at at Calle 53
Time: 9:00 PM
Admission:

Yucatan Living Dance Event: Pasión Gitana (Gypsy Passion)
A dance concert under the direction of Francisco Sobero Tanicho.
Location: Parque de La Ermita , Calle 66 x 77
Time: 9:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Ballet Español de Cuba
The beautiful ballet dancers from Cuba come to Merida as part of the Festival of the City. It’s sure to be a packed house.
Location: Teatro Mérida, Calle 62 #495 between 59 and 61
Time: 9:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Guitar Recital
Tonite’s guitar music features Francisco Méndez.
Location: Teatro Felipe Carrillo Puerto, Calle 60 #491-A between 57 and 59
Time: 9:00 PM
Admission: Free

Saturday (Sabado) January 19, 2008

Yucatan Living I’m Mexiclown
An event for children performed by Cownclusiones, under the direction of Izmir Gallardo. We’re guessing the event includes clowns!
Location: Dr. Silvio Zavala Vallado Auditorium at the Olimpo. Calle 62 and Calle 61.
Time: 11:00 AM and 1:30 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Concert & Coronation Queen of the Carnaval in Merida Yucatan Mexico
The King and Queen and Court for Carnaval 2008 will be crowned tonite at the RBD Concert! Should be a lot of screaming, celebrating and general mayhem… just a taste of what’s to come! RBD is a popular pop group that will be touring the US starting in February.
Location: Estadio Carlos Iturralde, next to Kukulcan Stadium on Calle 50 to the south of the Centro.
Time: 7:30 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Cinema Tribute to Ingmar Bergman
Double Feature
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo, Calle 62 at Calle 61
Admission: Free

First Feature: Cries and Whispers (1972). A bleak and twisted family drama that takes place in the 1800′s. Two sisters watch their third sister die, while the film shows their lives together in flashbacks.
Time: 6:00 PM

Second Feature: Autumn Sonata (1978). The story of a famous pianist confrounted by her neglected daughter. The film was shot in Norway because Bergman was having tax problems with the Swedish government. This film also stars Ingrid Bergman, and was her last performance in a major movie. Time: 8:00 PM

Yucatan Living Hecho en Yucatán (Made in Yucatan)
Traditional Yucateco music and dance performed by Camerata Académica de Mérida, Claudia Rodríguez and Julio Velázquez
Location: Teatro José Peón Contreras, Calle 60 #490 between 57 and 59
Time: 6:00 PM
Admission: Free


Yucatan Living Noche Mexicana (Mexican Night)
An outdoor performance that brings the folklore of all of Mexico to Merida ! Music and partying under the stars! This week, Raúl Sandoval in concert.
Location: Beginning of Paseo Montejo, Calle 56 A between 47 and 49
Time: 8:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Live Jazz Music
Speaking of Jazz, tonite’s live music is from the Tom Kubin Trio with a special surprise guest. Don’t miss it!
Time: 9:30 and 10:50 PM
Location: Jazzin’ Merida, Calle 56 #465 between 53 and 55
Admission: Small cover charge

Yucatan Living En el Corazón de Mérida (In the Heart of Merida)
Outdoor concerts, sidewalk cafes, shopping at night – its all here!
Location: Plaza Grande, Centro and Parque de Santa Lucía (Calle 60 x 55)
Time: Saturday nights, from 9:00 PM to 2:00 AM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Welterweight Championship Fight
Tonite watch the Welterweight Championship Fight between Roy Jones Jr. and Felix Trinidad at Mercer Cigar Store. Enjoy the fight with a drink in one hand and a delicious puro in the other!
Location: Mercer Cigars, Prolongacion Montejo 85-3, 15 y 17, Colonia Mexico (next to La Parilla)
Time: Starts at 8 PM
Admission: Free

Sunday (Domingo) January 20, 2008

Yucatan Living Symphonic Orchestra of Yucatan
Tonite’s performance is Gran Gala de Ballet under the masterful direction of José Luis Chan Sabido.
Soloists from the Center of Art Bertha de la Peña. An evening of Mozart, Tchaikovsky, Minkus, Khachaturian, and Luigini, featuring everything from ‘The Lady of the Camellias’ to the ‘Egyptian Ballet’. This is the first program of the Spring season and certainly something no one would want to miss. There are three opportunities to see this performance this week, so everyone will have the opportunity to enjoy one of the greatest treasures of Yucatan.
Location: Teatro José Peón Contreras, Calle 60 #490 between 57 and 59
Time: 12:00 PM
Admission: $250, $200, $150, $100. Tickets at the box office.

Yucatan Living I’m Mexiclown
An event for children performed by Cownclusiones, under the direction of Izmir Gallardo. We’re guessing the event includes clowns!
Location: Dr. Silvio Zavala Vallado Auditorium at the Olimpo. Calle 62 and Calle 61.
Time: 11:00 AM and 1:30 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Maratón de Baile (Marathon Dance)
To the music of Grupo Sin Exceso, Banda Israel, Eugenio and La Crisis, Los Super Lamas and Los Socios del Ritmo. Nonstop dancing and music.
Location: First floor of the Municipal Palace, Calle 62 between Calle 61 and 63.
Time: 5:00 PM
Admission:
Free

Yucatan Living Cinema Tribute to Ingmar Bergman
This evening features Fanny & Alexander, a Golden Globe and Academy Award winning film considered to be one of his best. It is a story of a family set in early 20-th century Sweden.
Location: Videosala of the Olimpo , Calle 62 x 61
Time: 7:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Tiempo de Jazz (Jazz Time)
A multidisciplinary spectacular, peformed by the Agrupación Artistica Independiente, with Ligia Cámara as invited guest.
Location:Teatro José Peón Contreras, Calle 60 #490 between 57 and 59
Time: 8:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Sunday mornings is for Art!
Local artists display their recent works and everything is for sale.
Location: Along Paseo de Montejo in front of the VIPS south of the corner of Avenida Cupules (across from Wal Mart)
Time: 10:00 AM to about 1 PM

Bicycle Route on Sundays in Merida

Yucatan Living The Bici-Ruta
The Bici-Ruta is starting to get really popular! It begins early, at 8:00 AM, though we see them setting up as early as 7:00 am, and ends at noon. The route begins in Ermita and San Juan Parks, passes through the Centro up Calle 60 and then travels down Paseo de Montejo, to include Fiesta Americana. If you want to play chess, go to the sidewalk outside the Museum of Anthropology on Paseo de Montejo at 9 am and pick up a game! There is a complete listing of activities, including sports, music, and craft events on the Bici-Ruta website.
Location: Begins at Parque de la Ermita, through the Plaza Grande and Ends at the glorieta on Prolongation Paseo Montejo (by Burger King).
Time: 8:00 A.M. to 12:00 PM
Admission: Free

Yucatan Living Sunday at the MACAY
There is a musical concert in the garden at the MACAY Museum, just off the Paseo de la Revolución next to the main cathedral. If the Merida en Domingo crowd starts to get to you, go to the museum (entrance is free). Sit around the fountain or walk through the galleries and listen to the live music.
Location: In the Garden at the MACAY (next to the Cathedral)
Time: 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Admission: Free

Carnaval in Merida Yucatan MexicoComing soon!

It’s not too late to start planning for Carnaval 2008, because it starts officially on Wednesday, the 30th of January, with the Quema de Mal Humor (Burning of the Bad Moods) in the main zocalo at 8 PM. And after that, it’s party time in the Centro for the next seven days! There will be a parade every day, as well as food, drink and live music along Paseo de Montejo starting in the afternoons and lasting well into the night.

For more information (in Spanish) and the schedule, check out the city’s website here.

 


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One Response to “The Festival of the City Continues!”

  1. I am enjoying your website. It is very informative and the pictures are great. I can’t wait to visit. I was in Merida 37 years ago when I was a student and now I am looking for a place to retitre.
    What do you know about Yoga in Merida? I teach Prenatal Yoga and also am a student of Yoga. Are there any studios or classes?
    I am a psychotherapist here in St. Louis, Missouri and also wonder if I could work in Merida.
    Thanks again for your excellent website.

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