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Hip-Hop Music Festival


By Isael Gonzalez

San Miguel de Allende, a World Heritage Site, is a place that recently was named the best city in the world. With its beautiful historic center, delicious restaurants, luxury hotels, and boutique shops, it is obvious that many consider it an ideal destination. Wealth abounds in this magical town, but if you take the time to visit the colonias beyond the center at night, you would realize very quickly that this magic town becomes something darker.

In colonias like San Luis Rey, San Rafael, La Allende, Las Cuevitas, and Las Alamedas, you will not find tourists with flower coronets, but young PVC addicts and gangs in the corners terrorizing their community. In places like these, violence abounds and not wealth. They are places with urgent needs and little support, but these are also resilient communities with hard-working families. Teachers, blacksmiths, masons, waiters, cooks, and all the work force that keeps this town running lives there. They are the sustenance of this beautiful city.

If you get to know these neighborhoods, you will realize that among the gang members and the “cholos” who are so discriminated against, there are graffiti artists, rappers, dancers, and tattoo artists with enormous potential. They are young people who, despite the difficulties, look for opportunities to express their great artistic talent.

This Saturday, August 26, we will be celebrating the first Hip-Hop Festival for Peace, an event that seeks to support the young people that society has scorned and put them on a stage to share their truth. The event will be held from noon–10pm at the Center for Adolescents of San Miguel de Allende (CASA A.C.) at Santa Julia 15, Colonia Santa Julia. There will be graffiti artists painting live, local rappers, a poetry slam, a barbershop, movies, freestyle battles, and more. It will not only be a celebration that you will not want to miss, but also a moment to reflect on how we can create a more just and inclusive society. There will be speakers discussing sustainable development and the revolutionary history of our country, as well as discussion groups such as professional tattooists talking about how their art is misinterpreted, and police officers, rappers, and community leaders discussing how we can make our communities safer.

Ranchero Pandillero, a program of CASA, organized this festival. The program is comprised of young people who work with communities and with gang members. There will be a recovery fee of 20 pesos per attendee to cover the expenses of the festival and to support this program that seeks to promote peace. For those interested in putting up a food stand or handicrafts, please contact Nadia Merkel at 415 106 6608; or if you have any questions or would like to volunteer, you can contact Isael Gonzalez at 415 139 4749.



Hip-Hop Music Festival

By Center for Adolescents of San Miguel de Allende (CASA)

Sat, Aug 26, 12–10pm


Santa Julia 15, Colonia Santa Julia

20 pesos


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