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Puerto Peñasco, Sonora. October 16, 2016. The Puerto Peñasco extension of Latin America’s most important cultural event, the XLIV International Cervantino Festival, was inaugurated on Thursday evening by Mayor Kiko Munro, accompanied by his wife Linda Pivac de Munro.
The festivities, under the motto “Cervantes 400: From madness to idealism” at a national level included guests of honor Spain and the State of Jalisco, while also commemorating four centuries since the passing of the author of Don Quijote de la Mancha.
On the first evening of festivities, the Mayor was accompanied by Rear Admiral Rogelio Marbán Díaz, Commander of the Puerto Peñasco Naval Sector, the Supreme Board of Elders of the Tohono O’odham Nation, as well as architect and President of the local architectural association Daniel Almada Ibarra, the latter of whom received a special acknowledgment for participation as part of the judging panel at architectural assemblies at both the regional and national level.
Day 1 of the International Cervantino Festival included the feature presentation of “A Moving Sound” from Taiwan
On the second day of the cultural festivities, Rito Emilio Salazar on piano accompanied by tenor Jorge Martín performed Boleros y Canciones to wrap up the evening.
Friday also featured the presentation of a special recognition to representatives from Peñasco’s Sister City of Ruidoso, NM who were present to take in the events. Municipal Clerk Irma Devine received the recognition on behalf of Ruidoso mayor Tam Battin as a distinguished guest of Puerto Peñasco.
Saturday’s late night performance “Tierras Misteriosas” by Astrid Hadad was particularly moving for audience members, framed by the light of a full moon.
On Sunday, the Sonora Philharmonic Orchestra brought the weekend festivities to a spectacular closure just after sunset on the malecón.
On behalf of Mayor Kiko Munro, City Director of Art and Culture Nina Mier Nogales, accompanied by Mario Welfo Alvarez Beltran, General Director of the Sonoran Institute of Culture (ISC), and Tohono O’odham Governor Servando León León and the Supreme Boar of Elders, thanked Sonora Governor Claudia Pavlovich for having made this important cultural event possible.
ISC Director Welfo Alvarez congratulated event organizers as well as the mayor for encouraging art and culture since first coming into office, as this is the second year in a row Puerto Peñasco has been an extension for the International Cervantino Festival.
The Puerto Peñasco extension of the XLIV International Cervantino Festival brought together the work of more than 1000 artists, across 5 separate stages and a theater tent, which included 26 featured events along with 40 alternative presentations, traditional “callejoneadas” wandering troubadours, an Art Island, conversation table, living statues, photography and painting exhibitions, an art show, presentations by various authors, and numerous workshops including a TaiChi workshop led by members of “A Moving Sound.”
Photos: City Press office