La Diáspora Festival - San Francisco en Puebla
11/26/19 - 12/02/19
(Diaspora // dīˈaspərə // Greek :: Dispersion)
The dispersion of people and communities from their original lands to different parts of the world. Generally, this dispersion is a consequence of political, economic, and social conditions.
La Diáspora Festival celebrates the gathering of artists working in 'Latino' communities in the US (in their words, not ours) and empowers their journey to reconnect with their cultural and creative heritage with communities in Latin America.
It is an effort at cultural diplomacy, to proudly showcase the ways we use the power of art to create safe spaces and fortify our communities in the United States.
La Diáspora Festival will take place from November 26 to December 1 and includes 22 events in 12 venues to showcase a wide variety of disciplines, including music, poetry, dance, theater, film, photography, graphic art, drag, and multimedia art, which take place in the city of San Francisco, especially in the Mission District.
In this regard, the director of the IMACP pointed out that this event will strengthen ties between the talents of creative people from Puebla with the work of artists from countries such as Venezuela, Colombia, Puerto Rico, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Belize, Brazil, Nicaragua, Guatemala, and Chile, who reside in the United States.
For his part, Arturo Méndez, Executive Director of the festival, pointed out that it is about celebrating the power of art to create safe spaces that promote political change and strengthen these communities, which is why it represents an effort of cultural diplomacy, due to the large number of Latino migrants, mostly undocumented, who reside in the American Union.
The activities of the La Dáspora Cultural Festival will be inaugurated on Tuesday, November 26 at 6:00 p.m., at the Casa del Libro "Gilberto Bosques Saldívar" (former convent of Las Clarisas, 6 Oriente 203, Centro), with the photographic exhibition “Nostalgias por Lugares Desconocidos´, curated by Arturo Méndez.
Previously, at 4:00 p.m. at the Teatro de la Ciudad (Juan de Palafox and Mendoza 14, Centro) the film The Other Barrio, directed by Dante Betteo, will be shown, portraying the reality of the La Mission neighborhood, made up of more than 10,000 Latino families.
Among the activities, the photographic exhibition “Postcolonial rematch” also stands out, curated by Victoria González, who said that this exhibition presents the ethnic diversity that exists in Latin America, through its indigenous origins, in order to eradicate the generalized concept of the Latin American created in the U.S. The appointment is Wednesday, November 27 at 5:00 p.m.
While on Saturday the 30th in the Zócalo of the city, at 5:00 p.m., there will be a great concert with José Lobo, Monica María Fimbrez, San Pedrito OTS, La Gente SF and the Banda Sin Nombre with Shane Zaldivar.
Similarly, from November 26 to 29 at 7:00 p.m., at the Casa del Libro Gilberto Bosques Saldívar, The Genie, a multifaceted artist to share a visual symphony Digital Sacra will be presented.
Other participating venues include the Universidad Iberoamericana Puebla, the House of Contemporary Cultures of the Alfonso Vélez Pliego Institute of Social Sciences and Humanities, BUAP; the Gente de Más Hostel, the Prophetic Reading House, as well as the UDLAP Art Chapel.