Week of Festivities to Mark Oaxaca's Anniversary
Published on Wednesday, 11 April 2012 11:55
By Jake Barnes
To commemorate the 480th Anniversary of Oaxaca City, the municipal government is preparing a series of activities from April 18th to 25th as part of a cultural week that will celebrate one of Mexico's cultural gems.
Several of the most anticipated activities during the celebration include the Solemn Session of the City Council in the Macedonio Alcalá Theater, which is held to grant several civic awards, and the First Great Race, a 10-kilometer dash held on Sunday, April 22.
To exhibit the rich cuisine of the state of Oaxaca, the city will hold a Food and Music Festival in the different markets of the city. It will also offer tours of the city's Historic Center, based on historical events and personalities of the city, including those from the Jalatlaco and Xochimilco neighborhoods.
Among other activities, the Department of Tourism and Economic Development will operate such highlights as the launch of the book, "Oaxaca, City to Live and Tell," as well as photographic and artistic exhibitions and lectures.
Well-known artists, such as Susana Harp, will offer concerts in different venues, and will participate in the Union of Music and Allied Workers of Oaxaca. The Banda Monumental de Oaxaca, and the Chamber Orchestra of Fine Arts will offer a gala concert on Wednesday, April 25th.
The Musicians Association of Oaxaca will offer a series of concerts devoted to composers from Oaxaca in the zócolo bandstand. For children, organizers have planned the Festival of Clowns, to be held from April 19th to 25th at the Plaza de la Danza.
Also during the festival season, the city will hold the traditional "planting of gourds" in various public gardens around the city of Oaxaca, and the restaurants affiliated with the National Chamber of the Restaurant Industry and Seasoned Foods will provide discounts to proven Oaxaca natives.
The activities culminate on April 25th with a fireworks show in the Plaza de la Danza.