Mexico’s Cervantino Festival heads online in 2020

The Cervantino International Festival will hold its first-ever online edition

Mexico’s Cervantino Festival heads online in 2020
The FIC is usually held in Guanajuato - Photo: File photo/EL UNIVERSAL
English 23/07/2020 18:55 Mexico City Actualizada 16:37
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The 48th edition of the Cervantino International Festival (FIC) has been canceled due to the COVID-19. Instead, it will be held in an online format from October 14 through 18 “to protect the integrity of the public, the artists, and the participants.” Meanwhile, Cuba and Coahuila, the guests of honor of this edition, will be part of the cultural festival until the 49th edition, as informed by the Culture Ministry through a statement.

“The pandemic that is being experienced at a global scale has opened new opportunities to explore formats adapted to our reality: It’s not only about moving the cultural expressions to the screen but to adjust the digital resources to the needs of the artistic expressions and their creators,” as asserted Mariana Aymerich Ordoñez, the general director of the Cervantino International Festival.

According to the organization, the 48th edition of the festival will be focused on “a new format to adapt to the new condition stemmed from the presence of COVID-19 and will look to generate new cultural experiences through digital media at a distance to be close to the public.”

In recent days, the Guanajuato’s Health Ministry itself told EL UNIVERSAL, through its public chat, that it was unlikely the festival would take place due to a surge in COVID-19 cases in the state.

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“Follow the measures of health authorities and under the premise of favoring people’s lives and health, the Cervantino International Festival’s Organizer Committee (COFIC) agreed, in a unanimous decision, that the FIC’s 48th edition will be held in a digital format from October 14 through 18, to protect the integrity of the public, the artists, and the participants,” says the statement.

During five days, the artistic presentations in digital formats, as well as the conferences, workshops, and masterclasses will be available from everywhere in the world, including all the contents at the official website of the FIC, its app, and the platform Contigo en la Distancia.

In order to support Guanajuato, which has been the home of the festival for 47 years, “there will be a program to support the capital through tourism campaigns and there will be economic resources through programs of Mexico’s Culture Ministry while the relationship with the University of Guanajuato is strengthened, an institution that is a key element of the operation and definition of the festival. There will be supports to different sectors that collaborate in each edition at the organization of the festival, which will be announced by federal and state authorities.”

The Cervantino announced the artistic program for its 48th edition will be comprised of 27 performing arts shows, 12 exhibitions, 2 installations, and 11 academic activities from 12 countries; all of them are a union of transversal collaboration with the Institute of Fine Arts (INBAL), the Natinal Fund for Culture and Arts (FONCA), and the Digital Culture Center (CDD).

Moreover, this virtual and entirely free edition will have the participation of 570 artists from Argentina, China, Costa Rica, Cuba, Spain, the U.S., France, Mexico, Portugal, the U.K., Senegal, and Uruguay.

In addition, this edition of #HayCervantino will provide Mexicans exclusive access to Live from London, a European festival with the best vocal music in the world with concerts by international artists like Voces8, Stile Antico, The Gesualdo Six, and Chanticleer; Sara Correia, Catrin Finch, and Seckou Keita, and Seth Glier.

Mexico’s Fine Arts National Opera Company will premiere “Ascanio in Alba,” one of Mozart’s least represented pieces; the Ensemble of the Center for Contemporary Music Experimentation and Production (CEPROMUSIC) will present the radio opera called “Don Perlimplín” by Bruno Maderna inspired on the Federico García Lorca’s tragicomedy by the same name.

As part of this virtual edition, the Cervantino will commemorate the 250th birthday of Ludwig van Beethoven.

Cuba and Coahuila, which will be the Cervantino’s guests of honor for the 20201 edition, will bring music and theater to the virtual festival.

There will also be special presentations and activities for children and young adults.

The FIC’s academic program will be comprised of activities with the CCD and three Cervantine Dialogs that include several artists from different disciplines talking about the creative process and different ways to interpret culture.  Moreover, the Cervantino will also feature a digital space so that Mexican artists position their work in front of over 300 national and international programmers.

Therefore, the festival aims to encourage the creation of national and international cultural circuits in addition to offering artists an opportunity be part of the global cultural industry.

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