First Festival of the Sierra
By Guillermina Fonseca
Centro Cultural Ignacio Ramirez El Nigromante, (Bellas Artes,) has organized the First Festival of the Sierra, to be held from November 29 to December 1 in San Miguel de Allende.
They consider it of great importance to promote, support and spread the culture of the mountainous region in the north and northeast of Guanajuato, which stands out as one of the richest in Mexico, with an enormous variety of arts, crafts, music and cuisine.
“Local cultures represent the assertion of a specific identity and are evidence of the variety of ways in which human beings see and understand the world. This multicultural wealth is nowadays considered as necessary for our species as biodiversity is for nature,” said Alberto Lenz , director of Bellas Artes, while thanking the authorities of the Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes y Literatura, who at every moment have supported the creation of this festival.
In this regard, he noted that, due to globalization, local cultures are severely threatened. The globalization trend, an undoubted sign of our times, is to be unicultural and homogenizing and can adversely affect the life and development of local cultures, as has already been pointed out by UNESCO, he said.
He pointed out that this first Festival de la Sierra is an effort to convene various artists and groups working to preserve both the traditional musical heritage of this region and to propose innovative ways based on the ancient rhythms.
Finally he said, “We believe that this mosaic of high quality musical proposals offer the public a transcendent experience and will foster social value for the culture of northern Guanajuato.”
Program for First Festival of the Sierra
Fri, Nov 29
Festival Opening Ceremony
Musical group: Fusión 10
Musical group: Juan Pablo Villa
Musical group: Militantes de la Vida
Sat, Nov 30
Musical group: Jaime Huapanguero
Musical group: Son Lince
Musical group: Son del Montón
Sun, Dec 1
Musical group: Los Alabanceros de Malinto
Musical group: Tembembe
Parade and mojigangas
Jardín Principal and main streets of the Historic Center
Closing of the Festival