Venture into the heart of Mexico!
From Mexican electronica music to the joy of clowns and puppetry, this festival celebrates modern Mexico, born from the clash and mixing of cultures. Over three days, we bring together the traditional and the modern, and showcase the vibrancy, warmth and humour of the Mexican people.
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Modern Mexico was born from the clash and mixing of cultures: the Aztecs, Mayans, Olmecs and Toltecs – each with the other and, in the 16th century, with Spain. Out of this was born a country of heat and passion. The festival brings together the cultures of the ancient and the new. It is the blending of Spanish guitar music with polkas from Germany that gave birth to norteno and ranchero music – the music of the outlaw of Villa and Zapata. It is the electric sound of Mexican surf music in a city that is landlocked a thousand miles from sea – the soundtrack not of surfers but of Lucha Libre (Mexican wrestling).
Mexico is the land that has given chocolate to the world and developed a cuisine and liquor that is unique: moles and bread for the souls of the dead, and distilling a cactus plant to make tequila. Mexico is the murals of Diego Rivera that challenge social order, and the paintings of Frida Kalho that transport the viewer into the metaphysical.
The festival brings together the traditional and the modern, it is the sights and sounds of a culture always moving and spreading outward. It is a culture that reflects hard realities and the vibrancy and warmth of its people.
Michael Tait, Lead Artistic Associate
Tara Brady, Assistant Artistic Associate, Music
Aaron Sykes, Artistic Associate