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Maya Balloon Festival showcases talent from Colombia, Brazil, and Mexico

by Sofia Navarro

The imagination and skill of artisans from different parts of the world who have excelled in crafting Cantoya balloons filled the sky of Tahmek during the inauguration of the third Maya Balloon Festival. The festival included a crafts and gastronomy corridor, as well as a diverse artistic program, all of which promote tourism and job creation within the state.

The festival, held in Tahmek, Puebla, displayed the impressive creations of Cantoya balloons. Families from the locality, as well as from other parts of the state, and both national and international visitors, marveled at the magnificent star, multi-star, and spinning top star-shaped balloons, as well as smaller-scale balloons adorned with popular characters. These colorful and intricate designs, crafted from Chinese paper, soared through the sky.

Tahmek balloon fair 2023 – All photos by The Yucatan Times

Loreto Villanueva Trujillo, the head of the Secretary of Culture and Arts (Sedeculta) and representing Governor Mauricio Vila Dosal, congratulated the event organizers for successfully hosting the third edition of the festival. She highlighted that the festival not only offers families a chance to come together but also encourages participation in recreational activities.

She also emphasized the coordinated effort of various government entities, both at the state and municipal levels, as well as private sector involvement, in fostering economic development within the region. This development benefits artisans, service providers, and producers who contribute to the festival’s success.

As special guests, the event featured the presence of the Tradición Prohibida group from Colombia and Turma Quijeito from Brazil. Both groups showcased their creative balloon designs, providing an interesting experience for onlookers at the festival. The attendees of the event witnessed the teams’ precise and skillful assembly of the balloons, which were constructed on-site.

Artisans from various regions were represented at the festival, including Turma Chiconcuac from the State of Mexico, Turma Gárgolas and Cantoyuz Arte y Tradición from Michoacán, Rock World- Cantoya Balloons from Veracruz, Turma Tlaloc from Mexico City, Globos Nabor from Tepoztlán, Morelos, and Turma Tixkokob and Cielo Iluminado from Yucatán, among others.

Visitors explored the crafts and gastronomy corridor, enjoying regional cuisine while admiring embroidered textiles, hammocks, wood carvings, honey, and its derivatives.

Musical performances by Emiliano Buenfil, Chan Cil tropical, Tripulación Tormenta, and Baby Aventurero added to the festive ambiance, making the event’s first day a delightful experience.

The Maya Balloon Festival not only celebrates artistic talent but also showcases the spirit of collaboration, culture, and community. This vibrant event stands as a testament to the beauty of human creativity and the unity it fosters, welcoming both local and global audiences to enjoy the magic of soaring Cantoya balloons against the backdrop of the Mexican sky.

TYT Newsroom

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Charlotte Montague August 27, 2023 - 3:41 pm

I read the article when was this festival and how can I find out about it beforehand next year?


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