International Folklore Festival
Springtime, when everyone is in tune with feelings of renewal, Folklore Festivals take place all over Latin America, including Puerto Vallarta. This year our festival (Festival Vallarta Azteca del Folclor Internacional) occupies our time from April 29 – May 7. It is customary for Puerto Vallarta to host different countries to entertain at various locations, and we anticipate participating each evening, following our daily stroll on the Malecón with Pup. This year our guest entertainers will hail from Colombia, Peru, Chile and Bolivia. We can give thanks to the organizers of this annual event Grupo Folklorico Vallarta Azteca, which is endorsed by the International Council of Organizations of Folklore Festivals and Folk Art (CIOFF), a partner organization of UNESCO.
We are always delighted when we see dancers in full costume wandering the streets before and after performances; we chat them up to see what part of Mexico they come from and welcome them to Puerto Vallarta. The costumes alone are worth stepping out to catch these shows. Before being accepted into the CIOFF program, it must be ascertained that regional dress is genuine and authentically constructed, as true to tradition as the dance and music. It is essential that acts represent true traditional culture and are inspired by a set of standards. There is a legacy that’s been handed down from generation to generation, consistently reproduced and this must be characterized. A sense of identity and connections are imperative to each performance, displaying diversity, originality, history, and natural regional settings. Choreography is both time-honored and contemporary and also is pre-approved. As underscored by UNESCO, these shows are not only for entertainment but also are [in the Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage.]
Puerto Vallarta will be host to dancers, musicians and crafts-people from Chihuahua, Colima, Guanajuato, Hidalgo, Nuevo Leon, Oaxaco, Sinaloa, Coahuila, Michoacan, D.F. (District Federal), Baja, Aguascalientes and other parts of Jalisco. Performances begin in the evenings at 7 pm on the above dates; the main venues are Parque Hidalgo, Los Arcos (The Arches) on the Malecón and at Agustin Flores Contreras Municipal Sports Stadium.
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