City Of Peace Throws A Peace Festival

La Paz celebrates their 9th annual, with no lasting peace in sight
BY: ALE BORBOLLA

The 9th annual Peace Festival in La Paz will be held this year on September 17 through 21.

The Pax festival, as it’s called, first started in 2003, and is looking to be a yearly project with UN support, along with support fromtthe municipality of La Paz, the government of Baja California Sur, the cultural institutions of La Paz, City Hall, and various NGO’s of the city.

Prof. Victor Castro, president of the 12th district, Rosa Delia Cota, president of the 8th district,  Esthela Ponce, former president of the 14th district, and the current president Francisco Monroy, have been the carriers of the flag of peace, representing the citizens of La Paz. This thing goes on eyear after year with the intention of promoting a culture of peace, well-being and healthy human development. Well, we can still hold out hopes for the well being and human devlopment stuff, but we think it;s safe to say peace is not going to happen.

Every year the Pax festival is endorsed and coordinated by the cultural division of the city of La Paz, and this year the festival’s guest country is India.

The Municipal Institute of Culture makes strategic alliances between private enterprise, schools, civil organizations and the population in general, all of whom voluntarily bring their creativity and time.

The festival has the support of the Mexican National Council for Culture and Arts (CONACULTA) as well as the founding organizations of the National Council for Culture and Arts (CICYDHS.C) and the Milton Erickson institute of higher education of La Paz.

This year’s La Pax festival will feature several artists and personalities such as Shanti Máya, a professional dancer who trained in Mexico and India specializing in Odissi dance; Jorge and María, considered Latin America’s Kirtan;  Princess Kathelen; Dada Ragatmananda, of Japanese origins living in India for more than 30 years, creator of Ananda Marga; Dr. Carlos Cohen C. lecturer; and the Mexican version of One Direction, CD9.

The peace pow wow seeks to strengthen local artistic productions  and generate an international cultural trade with foreign guests, who will share five days of teamwork in the artistic and multicultural spheres. The events are planned for the whole family, with free access for everyone. The festival will be for the attendees and participants to enjoy a full multicultural celebration which will set La Paz ahead in terms of cultural tourism and promotion of peace through art and culture.

Here’s the schedule:

September 17

7:00 pm Odissi dance presentation by Shanti Máya (French alliance of La Paz/ Theater Angular Esterito at Gomez Farías #525)

9:30 pm Perla Negra photography exhibition by Lela Sankeralli (Mutualismo street between Bravo st. and Rosales st.)

Friday Sept. 18th:

10:00 am The mailman called twice Theatrical presentation by ArtEscena MKM group. (UABCS building B. Communications auditorium)

12:00 pm Los Camaleones Monologue by Princess Kathelen (COBACH 03 Esterito on Independencia street  and North st)

6:20 pm Bharatnatyam and Bollywood Dance presentation by Fabiola Ocon (Beach next to “Stella” restaurant on Alvaro Obregon street and M. Marquez de Leon)

7:20 pm Music for the soul by the Ericksonian art and culture collective with “Qürio” (Beach next to “Stella” restaurant on Alvaro Obregon street and M. Marquez de Leon)

8:30 pm Music concert by Big Band of La Paz directed by Marco Antonio Hernande(Beach next to “Stella” restaurant on Alvaro Obregon street and M. Marquez de Leon)

Saturday Sept. 19

9:00 am Freedom from loneliness and suffering with philosophy from India by Dr. Carlos Cohen C. (“La Caja” on Navarro st. #655)

11:00 am Hindu dance stellar presentation by Fabiola Ocón and Salma Yamel  (“La Caja” on Navarro st. #655)

4:30 pm Thought and wellness in Yoga Psychology and Vedanta Conference by Dr. Carlos Cohen C. (Milton H. Erickson institute of higher education for more info call: 1220000)

7:00 pm Several artistic presentations (Velasco Garden  on 5 de Mayo, Downton La Paz)

9:00 pm La Morante Monologue by Princess Kathelen (Revolution #635, Downtown La Paz)

Sunday Sept. 20

Starting at 2:00 pm all day until midnight Indian and Bangladeshi Gastronomic sampling by Taj Mahal Restaurant

7:00 pm Music concert by DG9 and Guillermo Flores (El Conchalito Beach beside “La posada” hotel, access on the Guaycuras Alley)

7:40 pm India in our hearts Concert  and collective meditation by Dada Ragatmananda (El Conchalito Beach beside “La posada” hotel, access on the Guaycuras Alley)

8:00 pm Shaktala Multidisciplinary show (El Conchalito Beach beside “La posada” hotel, access on the Guaycuras Alley)

 8:30 pm Escritos para el alma book presentation By Rubén Antonio Anzaldo Romero (San Miguel Arcangel Monastery at no name alley corner of North street)

Monday Sept. 21st

10:00 am Romeo and Juliet By ArtEscena MKM (CBTIS  #62 on Jalisco street between Mexico and Melitón Albañez)

11:00 am Triptico amoroso presentation by Impresentables Haraganes theatre group (UABCS Poliforum on Carretera al Sur km 5.5)

12:00 pm Cielo Abierto, Trapiches de Todos Santos and La Ahorcadita short films by Jóvenes en Video from Leonardo Perel School film school (COBACH 03 Esterito on Independencia street  and North st)

6:00 pm Modern dance and Clown (Municipal art center ph: 1281612 El Dorado)

6:30 pm Ensamble in honor of La Pax festival  (Municipal art center “Dr. Rubén Sandoval” room  ph: 1281612 El Dorado)

6:50 pm Canciones por La Paz by the municipal choir (Municipal art center “Dr. Rubén Sandoval” room  ph: 1281612 El Dorado)

7:00 pm Entre dos mares Exhibition by Scarlett González (Municipal art center “Dr. Rubén Sandoval” room  ph: 1281612 El Dorado)

8:30 pm Artistic tribute to Nelson Mandela, Mahatma Gandhi, Yousfzai Malala, peace manifesto and closure by CD9  (Exterior esplanade of Jesús Castro Agúndez cultural unit on Navarro street corner of Altamirano and Gomez Farías)