8 Festivals and Festivities in Morelia and Patzcuaro in 2012
Morelia and Patzcuaro get busy September through November each year. They are full of activities like festivals, fairs, exhibitions and traditional celebrations. Some of them have been produced once a year for decades. Here is an overview of the most important:
Day of the Dead Celebration
UNESCO has declared the holiday “Day of the Dead” as a World Cultural Heritage. The origins of these celebrations go far back of the Spanish conquest and some historians say they are 3000 years old. The traditions of Night of the Dead are the fusion of two cultures: Spanish and Indian. In Mexico, unlike other cultures, the dead have a space and a day for them; we perform a ritual in which the live and the dead coexist. The official days are November 1st and 2nd but celebrations start usually in October and ends up several days later.
International Film Festival in Morelia
The tenth edition of Festival Internacional de Cine de Morelia (International Film Festival in Morelia) will be held November 3rd to 11th. The Festival was founded in 2003. It has the mission to promote new Mexican cinema´s proposals in the city of Morelia as its main stage.
Mariachi and Mexican Traditions Festival
The Festival del Mariachi y Tradiciones Mexicanas takes place in Morelia, about the same dates of the Independence Day celebrations in September. The best mariachi band in Morelia and some bands from other states as well as guest singers are invited to this festival. In 2011 Shaila Durcal and Jose Cardenas were the special singers. They perform in the Plaza de Armas (Main Square) and other venues in downtown.
World Cultural Tourism Fair
The third edition of this event will be held September 27th to 30th. The Feria Mundial de Turismo Cultural is an international event. It is a direct channel to buy & sale tourism services. It is also a marketing venue for the various companies that have a unique opportunity to create joint ventures to benefit the cultural tourism.
National Orchid Festival
The Festival Nacional de la Orquídea promotes preservation of species and their habitat. It also promotes conservation and development of awareness through books and informative articles. It usually takes place at Casa de la Cultura de Morelia.
International Organ Festival
The Festival Internacional de Organo de Morelia has been carried out for 45 years during the month of October at Morelia´s Cathedral. There is a monumental organ (wind instrument) that dates back to 1905. This festival is named after its founder Alfonso Vega Nuñez, who was concert organist, Governor of the Michoacan State and promoter of the Organ Festivals founded in Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Puerto Rico and Guatemala.
The Festival Morbido will take place November 15th to 18th in Patzcuaro. The theme will be Vampires and Dracula to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the death of Bram Stoker, creator of the most famous vampire of all time. Morbid 2012 will feature a wide variety of special guests, long and short projections, concerts, exhibitions, lectures and workshops.
Morelia´s Music Festival
The XXIV edition of the Festival de Música de Morelia “Miguel Bernal Jimenez” will be held November 16th to 25th in the city of Morelia. The first edition of this festival was done in July 1989. Its objective has always been the promotion and improvement of music teaching in our country and to boost the musical education at Conservatorio de las Rosas in Morelia.