Published On: Tue, May 20th, 2014

La Noche Blanca: Saturday May 24th, Mérida, Yucatán

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La Noche Blanca (White Night) is the city of Mérida transformed into a fertile environment for arts and culture.
On Saturday May 24, residents and visitors, children and adults will take over streets and neighborhoods as part of the program of free activities that Dirección de Cultura del Ayuntamiento de Mérida (the City Council’s Department of Culture) has organized with the cooperation of local businesses, institutions and artists.
La Noche Blanca’s activities begin at 20:00 hours and will conclude at 02:00 hours on Sunday May 25, six hours of uninterrupted cultural activities.
Centro Cultural Olimpo and the city museums and galleries will remain open until two in the morning.  Free shuttles will be available to take participants to the various activities in comfort and safety.
Sprinkled throughout the city will be free shows and workshops appropriate for all ages, giving everybody the chance to be an active, creative participant in the events.  Among the highlights will be a night tour of Cementerio General (the city’s Main Cemetery), where several films from the Mórbido horror film festival will be shown.
Based on an initiative that started in Europe more than a decade ago, La Noche Blanca is a local version of the event adjusted to the needs of Mérida, Yucatán, organized by Dirección de Cultura del Ayuntamiento de Mérida with the support of Red de Galerías y Museos en Acción (Network of Galleries and Museums in Action).
In addition to this summer version of the event, the city is also planning a winter edition later in the year, adapted to the weather conditions of the city.
The following venues and spaces are part of the cultural circuit and program of activities:
Museums of the city and independent galleries with special activities for that night.  For example, SoHo Galleries on Calle 60 will be offering 20% off selected works.
The theater of Universidad Autónoma de Yucatán, will be presenting free shows every hour.
Bars and restaurants that will honor the discount bracelets provided by the city.
Local artists of a number of artistic disciplines.

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