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The International Cervantino Festival, THE premier arts festival in Mexico, is once again readying for celebrations throughout the month of October in the colonial city of Guanajuato in central Mexico. Along the Sea of Cortez, Puerto Peñasco has been selected as the only site in northwestern Mexico to offer a taste of the internationally renowned festival, now in its 43rd year, with a calendar full of rhythm, sights, and sounds that will fill evening skies over the Old Port from October 8th – 10th, 2015. Yes, in just over two weeks!
Among the more than 600 local, national, and international artists lined up to participate in the three-day event, this year’s local Cervantino festivities will showcase singer Susana Harp and her orchestra from Oaxaca to close out the weekend. Others to perform include Tucson based Latin rhythm group Vox Urbana, rising ranchero star Alexis Montoya of Caborca, rock over the sea by Peñasco/Hermosillo artist Alan Munro, opera performed by students from the University of Sonora, and performances by internationally renowned composer/jazz musician Armando “Kennedy” Noriega of Puerto Peñasco, plus the local talent of Agua de Coco, Germán Esquer Delgado, traditional dances honoring the Tohono O’odham and other indigenous cultures of the region, colorful ballet folklorico performed by students from the area, and more. All of this set to the background of a spectacular October sun setting into the Sea of Cortez, providing the perfect venue to once again experience the wonder of Cervantino here in Puerto Peñasco.
Accompanied by Nina Mier, City Director of Culture and the Arts, along with Ernesto Leyva, City Director of Special Events, Puerto Peñasco Mayor Ernesto “Kiko” Munro expressed his pleasure at once again bringing a taste of the international event to the shores of Puerto Peñasco. He recalled how the Cervantino festivals extended into Puerto Peñasco from 2009-2012, and he hopes to see the festival flourish so that in coming years it become a highly anticipated Fall event for the city, for both visitors and residents alike! He further thanked local sponsors that have joined to help make this year’s Cervantino in Puerto Peñasco possible, adding his commitment to continue strengthening culture and promoting the rescue of cultural spaces across the city, among other projects.
Cervantino activities in Puerto Peñasco are scheduled to take place each evening, Oct. 8th – 10th, starting around 5 p.m. and into the night. Each evening will be capped off with performances on the main stage in the malecón, including a Noche de Salsa on Thursday (with Agua de Coco and Vox Urbana), Noche Mexicana & Rock on Friday (featuring traditional dances, opera, and rock), and finally an evening with Susana Harp by the sea to close out on Saturday night, with additional performances of Armando “Kennedy” Noriega, and Alexis Montoya, among many others.
The International Cervantino Festival (FIC) has been celebrated in the picturesque colonial city of Guanajuato in central Mexico since 1972, when professor Enrique Ruelas Espinosa brought short plays honoring Spanish novelist, poet and playwright Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra to stages and venues across the city. The festival itself is named in honor of Cervantes and has grown to include international performers, workshops, exhibitions, and concerts across Guanajuato and more recently has expanded to include various other parts of Mexico.