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Nov. 28, 2014
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42nd Festival Internacional Cervantino held (Oct. 8 – 26, 2014)
The Festival Internacional Cervantino is a comprehensive arts festival in the Mexican city of Guanajuato that was founded in 1972. Held this year (2014) in its 42nd edition, the festival’s thematic axes this time are “Frontier(s)” and “Shakespeare 450” (450th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth). This year’s program included many works by Skakespeare, such as A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Coriolano and The Tempest as well as works related to Shakespeare, presented by theater, companies, orchestras and ensembles and dance companies from Mexico, the United Kingdom and other countries.
With this year marking the 400th anniversary of the start of exchange between Japan and Mexico, there are numerous artists and companies invited from Japan to give performances. In the performing arts they include chelfitsch, the Kasai Akira Dance Company and Kumotaro Mukai. Also, as programs supported by the Japan Foundation, there will be performances by violinist Ryu Goto, the Tokyo Dageki Dan Japanese drum performance group, the Hachioji Kuruma Ningyo-za, which has been designated an Intangible Folk Custom Cultural Asset by the Japanese government, a collaboration between the Rhizomatiks media art creator group known for their use of high-tech media and the dance company elevenplay, plus performances by the contemporary music performance group Next Mushroom Promotion Ensemble.
The program also included concerts by Ensemble Nomad and Bach Collegium Japan as well as a Japanese film program and an exhibition program organized by the Japan Foundation’s Mexico Japan Culture Center.

Festival Outline
The Mexican city of Guanajuato located northwest of the capital of Mexico City is a colonial town that flourished in the 18th century as the producer of about one-third of the world’s silver production at that time and is today a World Heritage tourist site reputed to be the most beautiful historical town in the country. The Festival Internacional Cervantino is held hear every year in October. The festival focuses primarily Spanish-language arts including opera, dance, theater and visual arts in a program that also features a number of invited foreign performances.
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