For 17 years, 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. This year, as a Día de Muertos celebration, we are thrilled to present our first online edition on the 1st and 2nd of November. As the arts face a deeply challenging time, we have been mindfully working on commissioning projects that will help reactivate communities by providing work to artists, creatives and managers in the cultural field. We are convinced that art is a significant engine for change and we are fighting to keep it running.
The 2020 festival is made possible by an international partnership with Toronto’s Harbourfront Centre, Mexico City’s Museo Universitario del Chopo and New York University’s Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies. Additional support is provided by The Mexican Cultural Institute of New York and The Mexican Studies Institute at City University of New York and PIX 11.
Part of our program will highlight Mexican indigenous voices through a spoken word event with poets Irma Pineda, Celerina Sánchez, María Enriqueta Lunez and Mikeas Sánchez, as well as a screening of animated shorts series 68 Voices, 68 Hearts. Our film roster also includes What happened to the bees?, a documentary about the confrontation of Mayan beekeeping communities with transnational company Monsanto to keep transgenic soy out of their land.
Coro Acardenchado’s not-to-be-missed concert will integrate body percussion, freestyle improvisation and other contemporary takes into cardenche, a traditional Mexican folk music genre. Lastly, as part of the ongoing conversation about racial injustice in the United States and the world, The New York Times journalist Eduardo Porter, author and racism researcher Federico Navarrete, and filmmaker and Convoy Network radio show host Tatiana García will lead a panel on racism today.
All events will be streamed for free. RSVP is required. After the original date, all events will be on the festival’s Facebook page, and will be available to watch until November 8th, 2020. We hope you join the celebration!
Founded in 2004 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, Columbia University, the Museum of Food and Drink and the Museum of American Indian, among others.