The Otoño Cultural (Cultural Fall), the greatest festival of the arts in Mexico’s southeast, will bring together music, dance, visual arts, and literature events on a varied billboard. In its 39th edition, the most relevant artistic showcase in the entity will have a presence in 29 municipalities.
When presenting the festival, the head of the Ministry of Culture and the Arts (Sedeculta), Loreto Villanueva Trujillo, explained that it will be held from October 12 to 29 and that 172 activities will take place over 18 days, all free, of which 42 will be in towns outside Mérida, and 12 in squares and shopping centers, he added that the Otoño Cultural represents a joint investment between the federal and state governments of 4 million 500 thousand pesos.
“Around 2 thousand artists from the disciplines of dance, music, literature, visual and performing arts are going to participate in this festival of culture, because among the main objectives of this festival is to have broad participation from the Yucatecan artistic community, to strengthen the sector,” she mentioned, accompanied by the partner of the Plaza de Paseo 60, one of the venues of the festival, Víctor Abraham Palomo and the head of the Creation, Production and Programming department, Luis Fernando Faz Rodríguez.
On this occasion, the festival will have 130 events in Mérida, of which 11 will be in spaces serving vulnerable groups such as nursing homes, ranches, hostels, and retirement centers, among others, to bring entertainment to different places.
For his part, Faz Rodríguez commented that there will be concerts of choral, chamber, popular, and traditional trova music, presentations of classical, contemporary, and folk dance, community theater performances, contemporary, even in the Mayan language, regional, events for the childhoods and local artists in collaboration with representatives from Colombia, Cuba, Chile, Finland, Peru and Japan.
The inaugural concert will be performed by the Yukalpetén Typical Orchestra, directed by Pedro Carlos Herrera, its soloists singers, Maricarmen Pérez, Jesús Armando, Emma Isabel, and Javier Alcalá, among other performers. This program also includes the Folkloric Ballet of the State of Yucatán “Alfredo Cortés Aguilar, coordinated by Joaquín Guzmán. This great concert will be on October 12, 8 p.m. at the “Ricardo Palmerín” Convention Center in Tekax.