Sunday, March 20, 2011

Festival de Mexico

Over the last 20 or so years, Mexico City has become a increasingly cosmopolitan place, interconnected with the global art and music scene. This cultural vibrancy has been on display the past week during the "Festival de Mexico", an event featuring music, theater, dance, and cinema from around the world.

Events have ranged from dramatized readings of the work of a contemporary feminist Iranian poet, to electronic noise music in dark austere halls thronged with painfully cool hipsters.

Some of these performances have occurred in gloriously intimate settings, where avant garde jazz saxophonists simply meander through the standing audience and experimental bassists improvise rhythms and melodies to fifty people sitting in crosslegged rapture.

Often, events like the festival disappear in the nonstop buzz of activity in Mexico City. Often, what you do is simply a question of which poster on the wall of a subway train catches your eye.

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