The International Cervantino Festival (FIC) of Guanajuato had this Wednesday the inauguration of its 48th edition, which will be virtual, something that was a challenge for the organization, which aimed to achieve a complete festival and with a hopeful message. “This year is full of challenges and challenges, but it is leaving us the lesson that there is nothing more powerful than culture to remake ourselves as people and as a community,” said the festival’s director, Mariana Aymerich.
With five days and more than 50 cultural events of multiple disciplines in which 825 national and international artists (from 13 countries) will participate, this week so important for the city of Guanajuato, for the homonymous state and for Mexico due to its international repercussion, it achieves stay afloat virtually despite the difficulties arising from the pandemic. ‘Despite the fact that some recommended the cancellation, thanks to the efforts of all those involved we were able to find the best possible solution. It was not easy but the love for art and professionalism allowed us to continue with this edition that will be unforgettable ‘, added the director. Along with her, others involved in the festival shared on the stage of the emblematic Juárez Theater in Guanajuato this message of hope, a look towards the future and hope for a very different but quality edition. From October 14 to 18, the FIC, one of the most important artistic festivals in Latin America, will offer free online programming and through open television of dance, music, theater and opera, among other activities. The Catalan company La Fura dels Baus will participate, among many others, and there will also be the light-sound installation Absence: Collective memory made up of LED tubes that can be manipulated via Twitter; and a ‘jam’ of video games, board and role-playing games.
In addition, this year, with the Presea Cervantina, which is regularly delivered to iconic personalities of the arts, the titanic work against COVID-19 of health workers was recognized by presenting it in person to Alfonso Delgado Vargas, director of the regional hospital of Silao, representing the health sector. ‘On behalf of the entire health sector, on behalf of all health workers, it is a pride to receive this recognition for our day-to-day work. We were all very afraid but we have learned many things, how to deal with illness, with the pain of families or with joy when someone goes home. We are going to continue in this tireless fight, ‘said the specialist. Finally, the governor of Guanajuato, Diego Sinhue Rodríguez Vallejo, highlighted the importance of ‘culture in the social development of people’ and was positive in the face of the great leap in digital culture, forced by the quarantine derived from the crisis of the coronavirus. ‘The digital world is opening up and we want to be there. The pandemic slowed down the dynamism but did not stop us, ‘he concluded.