19th Todos Art Festival

After 19 years of doing this, they’ve got it nailed
BY: CATHY WATKINS

The XIX Todos Santos Art Festival is March 5-12 this year. Hey, even the Superbowl has given up on those 5,000 year old numbers. So let’s call it the 19th Art Festival. We think. Could be wrong, we don’t speak Roman, but we’re sure about the date.

This is a week-long celebration of Mexican culture that features live music, dance and theatre performances, painting and drawing exhibitions, lectures on local environmental and social issues, piano and poetry recitals and lots more. Artisans from different parts of Mexico also sell their crafts next to the church. It’s diverse, fun and entertaining. And as our fans know, we at the GG just love being lectured on environmental and social issues, you bet. Eager to learn about that stuff, we are.

Saturday, March 5, is the kick off day for the fesitivities.   Starting at 10:00 a.m. the Hotel Guaycura and the Hotel California will show artwork using natural dyes and handcrafted copper and silver items for sale.  The parade of the fishermen of Todos Santos starts at 4:00 at the Los Pinos park and in the Plaza Publica (public square) different school bands will perform.

 Stay at the public square for a Taste of Fair followed by the inaguaral ceremony by Armando Martinez Vega, mayor of La Paz. (Todos Santos is administered by La Paz, it is not actually a separate city).

  End the evening watching Becmu, a folk dance group. That would be the girls in the fancy petticoats and the boys in the charo suits.  ArtEscena will perform a play. 

On Sunday regional artists will sell their wares next to the church.  Later that evening, in the public square there will be more swishy petticoat dancers and music by Sacbe.

Highlights the rest of the week include yet more swishy petticoats,  theatre performances, lectures, and concerts.  The rock and roll group Nextones perform on Tuesday night  in the public square and  Pericu from northern Mexico will perform on Wednesday night in the town’s grand old theater, Manuel Márquez de León. Worth the trip just to see the historic building.

The final night, Saturday March 12, at  8:00 p.m tenor Enrique Astorga accompanied by the California Brass Orchestra will perform in the public square.

To see the complete schedule go to:  http://culturabcs.gob.mx/evento/2016/02/xix-festival-de-arte-de-todos-sa....