1,113 artists participate
The Festival Cultural Mazatlán celebrates its thirtieth anniversary in 2023 and will be celebrated in grand style with an extensive artistic program that will pay tribute to maestro Antonio López Sáenz (+), ambassador of Sinaloan fine arts in the world.
The festival begins on October 7th and ends on December 17th, a period in which 58 events will make the stage shine with the performance of 1,113 artists from Mexico, the United States, Cuba, Colombia, Ecuador, Spain, and Ukraine.
The artistic billboard was announced this Thursday by the General Director of CULTURA, Raúl Rico González, during a press conference held at the Ángela Peralta Theater; The President of the DIF-Mazatlán System, María Teresa Apodaca Muñoz, attended on behalf of the Mayor of Mazatlán, Edgar González Zatarain and Miguel Ángel Ramírez Jardines, delegate of the Sinaloan Instituto de Cultura in the southern zone.
This year the Festival Cultural Mazatlán will be full of symbolism, there will be events at the Ángela Peralta Theater, Casa Haas, galleries, neighborhoods, and rural communities.
Hits from Broadway musical theater, Disney music, Italian and German opera, contemporary dance, classical ballet, folkloric ballet, fine arts, literature and theater, stand out on the billboard full of performances by Mexican artists and from other nations.
Among its activities, the tourin the Theater and the Callejoneada of Day of the Dead stand out, which will honor the memory of fundamental characters for the emergence of the festival, the promotion and development of the arts in the port.
The President of the DIF System, María Teresa Apodaca congratulated CULTURA for the organization of the FCM and considered the presentation of shows in neighborhoods and rural communities a great success.
Miguel Ángel Ramírez Jardines, ISIC delegate in southern Sinaloa, highlighted that the programming from October 7th to December 17th shows that in Mazatlán there is not only Carnaval but also an important cultural offering that is complemented by the activities presented by the Sinaloan Institute of Cultura and the contributions of independent groups, which allows the flourishing of artistic and cultural activities.
In 30 years of history, the FCM produced, organized and convened by the MInstituto Municipal de Cultura, Turismo y Arte de Mazatlán, is considered one of the most outstanding platforms for the projection of performing arts in Mexico. 1,113 artists participate in 58 events. Their shows impact almost 80,000 viewers locally and their reach through digital networks is global.
Major Events at the Ángela Peralta Theater: National and foreign companies and professional artists will present at the Ángela Peralta Theater:
´Misa Azteca´, concert by the Camerata Mazatlán and the Ángela Peralta Choir under the baton of guest director Mtro. Gordon Campbell, October 7th; ‘Le Villi Opera – Ballet’ with music by Giacomo Puccini, guest conductor Sergio Freeman, October 13th and 14th; ‘Legends of Art’, tour and Callejoneada to commemorate the Day of the Dead, a tribute to characters who fostered the development of artistic and cultural life in this city, November 1st; ‘Paisajes Insondables’, a celebration of the 30th anniversary of the Compañía Delfos Danza Contemporánea, November 4th.
The big events will continue with the Concert ´Destino Tchaikovsky’, Symphony No. 5 by P.I. Tchaikovsky, under the direction of Enrique Patrón de Rueda, November 10th; ‘Bodas de México’ with the Ballet Folklorico of the Instituto de Cultura de Mazatlán, November 12th; ‘The Marriage of Figaro’, one of the greatest creations of the Austrian composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, guest conductor Abdiel Vázquez, on November 17th and 19th; ‘MozART, guest director Sergio Freeman, a multidisciplinary show that recounts the life of the Salzburg genius based on four of his greatest operas: Le Nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), Così fan tutte (That’s how they all do), Don Giovanni (Don Juan) and Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute), November 24th and 25th.
The programming continues with The Nutcracker, with the participation of the Camerata Mazatlán, the Children’s Choir, the Mazatlán Ballet Company and students of the Municipal Ballet School, December 1st and 2nd; Perpetual Tide celebration of the 25th anniversary of the EPDM, December 3rd; Bewitching Broadway, with some hits from the Musical Theater Mecca, December 8th and 9th, the Christmas Gala closes the season where prestigious opera singers, live music with the Mazatlán Camerata, choirs, classical ballet dancers and contemporary dance under the baton of guest conductor Sergio Freeman interpret the most beautiful songs of the December season, December 15th, 16th and 17th.
Programming at Casa Haas
‘De Italia a México’, a concert with Oscar Gómez; ‘Como México no hay dos’, vernacular music with the Ángela Peralta Choir and the Mariachi Occidental; ‘BassTen’, in this concert Bass-Baritone José Miguel Valenzuela and Tenor Eduardo Tapia, interpret songs in German, French and Spanish with the accompaniment of Mtro. Juan Pablo Garcia at the piano.
‘Cuarteto Nuevo Mazatlán’, a new musical project directed by the Ukrainian violinist Nina Farvashchuk, is a chamber music ensemble that achieves a special sound. Ottorino Respighi will perform ancient Arias and baroque music by Johann Sebastian Bach, among other surprises.
Casa Haas will be the stage of the ‘Requiem of W.A. Mozart’; the concert ‘María and Agustín, songs by Grever and Lara’; ‘Evocaciones’, where Tenor Eduardo Tapia and Bass José M. Valenzuela will evoke the funeral, their repertoire will make you feel the density of the time, but also the light, the spiritual: ‘Noche de Tengo’; ‘Mundo de Fantasia’, with music from the Disney films and ‘Mexican Pastorela’.
Cultura with History:
The San Carlos Borromeo parish and the La Sagrada Familia temple will open their doors to receive musicians from the Camerata Mazatlán in one more edition of the Cultura with History program of the Festival Cultural Mazatlán 2023. The program begins on Tuesday, October 17th at 8:00 p.m. with the performance of musicians from the String Orchestra made up of musicians from the Camerata Mazatlán in the San Carlos Borromeo church. It continues on Wednesday, October 18th at 8:00 p.m. with a musical performance by the Trío Adagio in the Sagrada Familia parish.
Cultura en tu Casa and en tu Comunidad
During the autumn-winter festival, the rural communities of La Noria, El Recodo and Isla de la Piedra will receive dancers and musicians, mostly artists from the Municipal Center for the Arts, in yet another edition of the Cultura in your Community program.
On Saturday, October 7th, singer Oscar Gómez accompanied by the Regional Band will delight the public of El Recodo; on Saturday, October 14th, on Isla de la Piedra, the CULTURA Folkloric Ballet will be presented; On Saturday the 21st the EPDM will perform at La Noria.
Through the Cultura en tu Casa program, artistic expressions will reach the Infonavit Alarcón, Villa Galaxia and Adolfo López Mateos neighborhoods.
On Friday, October 6th, the Jazz Band will perform at Col. Adolfo López Mateos; Friday, October 13th, the same group will perform at Inf. Alarcón and on Friday, October 20th, the Percussion Ensemble will perform at the Fracc. Galaxy Villa.
The Festival Cultural Mazatlán was born in 1993 to give continuity to the Sinaloa Cultural Festival, in a context of rescue and rehabilitation of the Ángela Peralta Theater, the main forum for the expression of the arts in the city.
It arises from the need to welcome the expressions of the growing artistic community formed in the classrooms of the then Directorate of Cultural Diffusion, today the Instituto Municipal de Cultura, Turismo y Artes de Mazatlán.
The FCM has survived thanks to two axes: the public and the artists.
“Artists who found in the festival a sounding board, a showcase for their concerns and an audience that connected and became demanding, diverse, active and to that we must add the tourism that now visits Mazatlan.”
Cultura festivals have been decisive for the great development of the Historic Center and will continue to be so.
One of the achievements of this great festival of the arts is that Mazatlán is no longer just a destination for sun and sand, since it has positioned itself among the main cultural destinations in Mexico, with relevant productions such as the production of operas, this year three, something that does not happen even in the big cities of the Country.
This is possible because there is public demand and through the Municipal Center for the Arts a host of artists has been formed, an adequate cast to present festivals, next year there will be five operas, the city has an orchestra that works, a director of great experience, emerging directors who are joining them and a public that demands and supports it by attending events.
Another merit of the FCM is that it has modified the profile of the tourist since its billboard allows them to stay longer in the city, the demography of Centro Historico would not be understood if it were not for the Festival Cultural Mazatlán.
The Festival Cultural Mazatlán has represented a school for the artistic community of the city, because it allows emerging artists, students and great world talents to coexist and that is the most important part, it is a benchmark for artists in training, highlights the CULTURA director.
Art is a facilitator of economic and social development because it is the community’s great link with visitors, it is a forum to discuss what is really important for the city, it is inviting us to have new views, new perspectives on things beyond the everyday.