Tonight, Merida will be illuminated with lights of different sizes and shapes when the International Festival of Lights (Filux) is officially inaugurated at 7:00 pm.
From Thursday March 23 until Sunday March 26, the nights will no longer be the same at El Olimpo, Plaza Grande, Museo “Fernando García Ponce” Macay, Pasaje Picheta, Teatro Peón Contreras, Santa Lucia, Santa Ana and the Remate of Paseo de Montejo.
There will be a total of 13 places where thezs lightz will be the star and the public can visit for free from 7 p.m. to 12 a.m., starting with the Plaza Grande, which will house the inauguration.
At the same site, the Canadian company Lucion Media installed a “Lunar Garden”, which consists of six giant spheres, inside which will be projected a kind of shadow theater.
“The spheres will be illuminated from the time of the inauguration,” says Cinthia Naggar, a member of the Canadian company, with the help of translator Irving Díaz Sánchez.
The artist commented that for the installation they work from 9 in the morning to 9 at night, enduring sun and heat. “We are here all day, although we are not accustomed because Merida is warmer than Montreal, but we endure because we like it.”
The young woman said that they are already tuning the last details to have everything ready at the inauguration, which will be presided over by Mayor Mauricio Vila Dosal; Érica Millet Corona, executive secretary of Mérida American Capital of Culture, and David Di Bona, director of Filux.
After the inauguration, authorities and special guests will take a tour of the other places of the festival, such as the Olimpo Cultural Center, where the Japanese artist Yupica set up the installation “Repitae: 10,469-10,592”.
Then they would go to the Museum “Fernando García Ponce” Macay, where the artist Elías Cisneros lined tervened the central garden with colored lights. Also in the museum, in Room 8, Érick de Gorostegui installed what he calls “Chapel of Revelation”.
From there they would walk along Calle 60 towards Santa Lucia Park, where the artist Miguel Bolivar made a kind of surreal desert called “Cactania” where multicolored cacti grow.
The tour will also include the church of Santa Ana, whose façade will be screened by a videomap made by the artist Luis Ramirez, and the Regional Museum of Anthropology of Yucatan “Palacio Cantón”, to see the exhibition of luminous optical fiber dresses by Korean Tae Gon Kim.
Although there is no visiting order, the festival will also include Picaje Paseo, where the photographic exhibition of the Second Mexican Biennial of Illumination was installed.
The Peon Contreras Theater will be included in the Filux, because in its facade the artist Kanek Gutiérrez prepared the installation “Darkness”.
There will also be activities in the Sala Art & Design Gallery. There Alfredo Romero prepared the lighting installation “Liquit 399-A”, defined as a minimalist piece in which sound and water will play a fundamental role.
In the Remate, the German Yvette Mattern will present “Arcoiris global”, an installation that simulates a natural rainbow with its seven colors and that follows a trajectory of 60 kilometers if the atmospheric conditions allow them.
In Calle 45 between 60 and Paseo de Montejo, artists and public in general will share experiences and techniques related to popular art.
The Cultural Center La Cúpula will house the installation “Kriptomights and retnas” of the American Orpheus Quagliata, which consists of illuminated crystals from inside and faceted on silver surfaces that subtly project and reflect lights in space and time as if it were a kaleidoscope.
And finally there is the “Turilux”, animations in real time that students of the ESAY will realize on facades while they travel aboard the Turibús. The event is free.
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