41 Festival Internacional Cervantino
By Jade Arroyo
The Internacional Festival Cervantino (FIC) has already begun in Guanajuato and will run through October 25. For its 41st edition the country of honor is Uruguay, and Puebla is the featured state. The FIC offers top-quality shows, and for 19 days Guanajuato becomes an important cultural center, featuring 3,518 artists from 31 different countries performing in over 540 shows of every artistic discipline.
Something new this year is the implementation of two special themes. One is “The art of freedom,” which is dedicated to honoring those artists who have faced violence, discrimination, injustice, adversity and fear because of their artistic work; the other is an homage to Verdi and Wagner to celebrate the 200th anniversary of their birth year. The program to honor these two great composers, called “Verdi vs. Wagner,” included outstanding works by the two, recitals by Arturo Chacón and Barbara Frittoli, and piano performances by Cyprien Katsaris, Abdiel Vázquez and Édison Quintana.
Uruguay and Puebla showed their cultural richness through performances by artists and groups such as Rubén Rada and the Baller del Sodre, the orchestra director José Serebrier and Fernando Lozano, the ancient music group Los Tonos, and cellist Juan Hermida. Among the many other performances will be shows by Le Bottine Souriante, from Québec; Paté de Fua, Mexico–Argentina; National Symphonic Orchestra; the electronic band Kinky, from Monterrey; and TAO dance theater. You can find the full program and locations at www.festivalcervantino.gob.mx
Some options for transportation to Guanajuato
-BajíoGo, Jesús 11, 152-1999
One way: 2 people, US$65 USD; 3–7 people, US$99
-Viajes San Miguel, Mesones 38, 152-2538
Minimum of four passengers. Round trip 200 pesos each
person; one way 100 pesos.
-Bus Station, Calzada de la Estación
Herradura de Plata, 135 pesos, 1hr 20min
8:30am, 2:40pm, 4:15pm, 6:15pm
-ETN, 135 pesos, 1 hr 20 min
6:30am 8:45am, 2:45pm, 4:15pm, 5:15pm