Despite the rain on Friday, November 24, art reached different stages of the city in the sixteenth edition of La Noche Blanca organized by the Mérida City Council.
The Directorate of Culture reports that of the total 330 activities planned in the original programming, 10 percent of them had to be postponed, particularly the shows in open spaces, managing to bring together 32 thousand attendees.
Due to the rain, the schedules had to be changed to take care of the safety of the artists, and families and for the protection of technological equipment and musical instruments.
The outdoor events at Santa Lucía, Santiago, and Mejorada had to be postponed.
Closed venues, such as museums, cultural centers, theaters, alternative forums, and the more than 30 participating galleries, had a large influx at La Noche Blanca.
Some took to the streets, armed with umbrellas and raincoats, to enjoy the shows of international artists, such as “Peter Pan” from the Spanish group Puja!, who rose to more than 40 meters high to present his aerial theater for the first time. in Mérida, braving the rain. The artists turned two moments of their presentation into nights of fantasy.
The same happened with the spectators who patiently waited for the Gigante de la Fura, the enormous 18-meter-high doll of La Fura dels Baus, who walked a section of Paseo de Montejo twice, from 37th Street to Remate. In his walk and interaction with the audience, he was accompanied by the youthful rhythms of the batucada of the Centro Cultural del Sur, around 10 p.m. and at midnight.
The Santa Ana park was the most visited by young people who came to listen to the musical proposals of Isis Flores (rock and fusion), Malafacha Show with a representative local cumbia sample with original songs, as well as the Colombians of Frente Cumbiero and the band Mexican Son Rompe Pera, the latter which closed after two in the morning on Saturday the 25th. At the same time, the Plaza Grande stage vibrated with the music of Muziek Grand Band.
The White Night also hosted several premieres and inaugurations, such as the five exhibitions of selected projects from the 2023 Municipal Funds, as well as the interdisciplinary show “Hymenóptera” and the play “Visible”, directed by Bryan Caballero and Mabel Vázquez, respectively.
Another of the venues that received people was the Municipal Institute for the Strengthening of the Mayan Culture, which managed to bring together more than 270 people who had fun with board games in the Mayan language and enjoyed the work “Tales and Legends of Yucatán” in the La Ermita neighborhood. In this last space, the fourth edition of the Panucho Fair was held.
Gastronomy was also present at restaurants affiliated with the Canirac Delegación Yucatán, the offer of the Amix Collective and Comidas sin Fronteras that remained open until midnight.
As anticipated, all the operational personnel of the Municipal Police, nearly 400 agents, supported La Noche Blanca in roads, public security and a white balance was reported.
The rescheduled events are scheduled to take place in December and others in January, during the celebrations of the Mérida Fest 2024.
So don´t miss any of the following feature presentations:
- The flutist Loolbej Sánchez, the concerts of the Censored Group, Voices without Borders, with Carlos Tello and the Yucatecas of Today.
- The “100 Years Disney” concert with the Children and Youth Orchestra of the Mérida City Council, the City Choir, and the Chamber Orchestra will take place in January.
- The dates and times can be consulted on the Mérida City Council and Mérida es Cultura networks.