Since 2004, Celebrate Mexico Now has been the only independent arts festival spotlighting contemporary Mexico in New York City. Every year, we disrupt the often-narrow definitions of Mexican culture by exploring the way artists are reshaping, envisioning, and reflecting on their identity in the ever-changing global context.
Our 2021 festival features events that highlight the resilience of the artistic community in the face of some of the most difficult years in recent history. The program includes a selection of dance films created during lockdown, an evening of live music with singer-songwriter Renee Goust, a discussion of the role of the Indigenous woman in Mexican history, and a conversation with women who have created powerful documentaries.
The COVID-19 pandemic has had a devastating impact on the arts. As creators keep facing profound uncertainty, we have set out to hold a platform to present and remunerate their work. Our 2020 online festival employed over 60 cultural workers and reached wider audiences through international partnerships. This year, we will expand that experience while bringing our community back together again. We are convinced that art is a significant engine for change and we are fighting to keep it running.
The 2021 festival is made possible thanks to the support of the Mexican Cultural Institute of New York, the Howard Gilman Foundation, our presenting partners, New York University’s Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies , The Mexican Studies Institute at City University of New York, Cinema Tropical. Our media partner is PIX 11.
Special thanks to all the individuals donors and and our fiscal sponsor The Field
Founded by award-winning curator and producer Claudia Norman of CN Management, Celebrate Mexico Now Festival has brought over 300 groundbreaking artists and projects to over 100 of New York’s leading cultural venues in Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, The Bronx and Staten Island. This citywide partnership network has included The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, New York University and Columbia University, among others.