3rd Annual Akumal Comedy Festival, 2014 Schedule Announced

3rd Annual Akumal Comedy Festival, 2014 Schedule Announced

3rd Annual Akumal Comedy Festival, 2014 Schedule Announced

The schedule for the 3rd Akumal Comedy Festival, 2014 has been announced. Be a part of this three day laugh fest and contribute to the Red Cross. Charity can be fun!

Tuesday – April 29, 2014

Tulum– 8pm – 50 peso donation at the door (goes directly to the Red Cross)
Mateos Mexican Grill – Tulum Beach Road South

Wednesday – April 30, 2014

Playa del Carmen – 8pm – 200 peso donation at the door (goes directly to the Red Cross)
Wah Wah Beach Bar in Playa Del Carmen

Thursday – May 1, 2014

Akumal Center – 8pm – 50 peso donation at the door (goes directly to the Red Cross)
The Plaza Ukana Grateful Dead Stage

North Akumal – 10pm – 50 peso donation at the door (goes directly to the Red Cross)
La Buena Vida late night show *Adult Content 18+

Friday – May 2, 2014

Akumal Center – 8pm – 50 peso donation at the door (goes directly to the Red Cross)
The Plaza Ukana Grateful Dead Stage

North Akumal – 10pm – 50 peso donation at the door (goes directly to the Red Cross)
La Buena Vida late night show *Adult Content 18+

Saturday – May 3, 2014

Akumal Pueblo – Closing ceremony y comedia en espanol – 7pm – free show / gratis
Akumal Pueblo Cancha (Basketball court)

North Akumal – Best of the fest show – 10pm – 100 peso donation at the door (goes directly to the Red Cross)
La Buena Vida late night show *Adult Content 18+

 

The Riviera Maya Film Festival To Be Held From 9th-15th March

The Riviera Maya Film Festival To Be Held From 9th-15th March

The Riviera Maya Film Festival To Be Held From 9th-15th March

Riviera Maya is fast emerging as the cultural capital of Quintana Roo. Since last two years, Riviera Maya has been hosting the Riviera Maya Film Festival to promote the Mexican film industry, find distributors for the Mexican film by talented film makers and showcase foreign films to the Mexican audiences.

Started in 2012, RMFF has been steadfastly going about its endeavor. Riviera Maya Film Festival has announced its official program of domestic and international films to be screened at this year’s annual event to be held from March 9th to March 15th, 2014. RMFF not only showcases films but also the beautiful beach destinations such as Cancun, Puerto Morelos and Playa del Carmen. No wonder, the festival receives large number of participants from all over the world. In 2014, more than 50 films from 23 countries will be screened during the festival.

The competitive sections of the Festival are Mexican Platform, in which the jury bestows two Kukulkan Awards with prize money of 300,000 MXN each and a Kukulkan Youth Jury Award which carries a prize of 100,000 MXN; the RivieraLAB/Co-production Forum, where two selected projects will receive a financial incentive of 200,000 MXN each; and the RivieraLAB/Work in Progress, where two selected projects will receive a financial incentive of 200,000 MXN each. In total, the Festival grants 1,500,000 MXN in prizes.

The Riviera Maya Film Festival will take place in beach destinations of Cancun, Puerto Morelos, Playa del Carmen, and Tulum. Below you can find a selection of some of the films which will be shown at the 2014 Riviera Maya Film Festival:

  • A Promise (Director Patrice Leconte, Starring Rebecca Hall, Alan Rickman, Richard Madden, Toby Murray)
  • Age of Uprising: The Legend of Michael Kohlhaas (Director Arnaud des Pallières, Starring Mads Mikkelsen, Delphine Chuillot, David Kross)
  • Grand Central (Director Rebecca Zlotowski, Starring Tahar Rahim, Oliver Gourmet, Léa Seydoux)
  • Hard to Be a God (Director Aleksei German, Starring Leonid Yarmolnik, Dmitriy Vladimirov, Laura Lauri)
  • Holy Field Holy War (Director Lech Kowalski)
  • Night Moves (Director Kelly Reichardt, Starring Dakota Fanning, Jesse Eisenberg, Peter Sarsgaard, Alia Shawkat)
  • Nymphomaniac: Volume 1 & Volume 2 (Director Lars von Trier, Starring Charlotte Gainsbourg, Christian Slater, Uma Thurman, Shia LaBeouf)
  • Oldboy (Director Spike Lee, Starring Josh Brolin, Elizabeth Olsen, Samuel L. Jackson)
  • R100 (Director Hitoshi Matsumoto, Starring Mao Daichi, Lindsay Kay Hayward, Hairi Katagiri, Gin Maeda)
  • Seduced and Abandoned (Director James Toback, Starring Ryan Gosling, Martin Scorsese, Jessica Chastain, Diane Kruger)
  • The Double (Director Richard Ayoade, Starring Jesse Eisenberg, Sally Hawkins, Mia Wasikowska)
  • Til Madness Do Us Apart (Director Wang Bing)
  • Tip Top (Director Serge Bozon, Starring Isabelle Huppert, Sandrine Kiberlain, Karole Rocher)
  • Why Don´t You Play in Hell (Director Shion Sono, Starring Hiroki Hasegawa, Gen Hoshino, Akihiro Kitamura)

Secrets Resort To Host Cancun Wine And Food Fest

Cancun has positioned itself as a premiere destination for luxury living an tourism. The city’s calendar is full of world class events ranging from food festivals to sailing shows to Jazz festival. One such big event is the  Annual Cancun-Riviera Maya Wine & Food Festival.

Secrets Resort To Host Cancun Wine And Food Fest

Secrets Resort To Host Cancun Wine And Food Fest

Secrets the Vine Cancun will be the official host hotel for the 3rd Annual Cancun-Riviera Maya Wine & Food Festival March 13 to 16.

The festival will celebrate France with a “Europe Meets the Americas” theme.

Secrets the Vine Cancun is a 495 room wine-themed resort featuring a wine wall with 3,000 wines and is a perfect setting for the wine and food fest. The adults-only all-inclusive resort will host the festival’s main event, a gala dinner to celebrate this year’s guest of honor, Chef Daniel Boulud. The chef is best known for Daniel, his 3 Michelin star Relais & Chateaux restaurant in New York.

In return Secrets will be showcased at the Gourmet Tasting Village which will be a ticketed event featuring regional cuisine and spirits as well as 55 wineries from the Americas, Mexico and Europe.

For more details, visit www.secretsresorts.com/vine-cancun.

It’s Always Party Time In Mexico

Mexico is a nation that loves to party! The country organizes splendid events and festivals throughout the year. Catch one and you are sure to come back with wonderful memories of your stay in this vibrant country.

Read on for our comprehensive guide to the 9 best events happening in Mexico all through the year:

Candlemas

Dia de la Candelaria

Dia de la Candelaria or Candlemas, is celebrated all across Mexico on the 2nd of February. On this day, Mexicans get together with family and friends to eat tamales. Thousands of people assemble in the riverside town of Tlacotalpan to revel in the festivities that feature a magnificent image of the Virgin being floated down the river. In towns like Tlacotalpan and Veracruz, Candlemas is celebrated in a big way with parades and bullfights. But the most memorable part is the Son Jarocho festival, a 3-day event, which happens during the same time and exhibits conventional Veracruz-style music.

Festival de Mexico

Organized in mid-March, most of the hullabaloo for this 2-week event unravels in Mexico City’s downtown Historic Center. Roughly 50 venues sprinkled throughout the city present the very best in national and international acts, including opera, dance, music and theater.

Festival Internacional Cervantino

Every year in October, the vibrant and bustling colonial city of Guanajuato presents the annual Festival Cervantino (Cervantino Festival). This cultural festival, funded by the State, is one of the main arts and cultural festivals in Mexico and Latin America. It promotes performing arts from all across the globe including opera, theater, visual arts, contemporary dance, film and literature along with a variety of conferences, exhibits and workshops. Plazas, churches, historical buildings and even museum spaces act as venues for these events.

Long ago, this was a rather a small festival celebrated in honor of Spanish novelist Miguel Cervantes, (of Don Quijote fame), but in present times the the Cervantino has transformed into one of Latin America’s premier arts spectacle.

Morelia International Film Festival

Every year, the Morelia Film Fest (FICM) honors the career of an eminent figure from Mexican cinema born in Michoacan. The festival’s mission is to bring together filmmakers, the public and the international film community. This festival stages work of new and upcoming talents in Mexican cinema and puts up an incomparable display of all the treasure that Michoacan has to offer. Funky bars and sidewalk cafes are brimming with activity around the main square, where crowds assemble at night for open-air screenings and other cultural events. Worshops, conferences, open-air performances, movie cylcles and exhibitions are organized in Morelia, Patzcuaro and Mexico City. With so much happening, there is no doubt that the Morelia International Film Festival is the ultimate choice for film buffs and lovers of culture.

Carnaval

Carnaval celebrations in Mexico are some of the most cheerful and vivacious you will find anywhere else (Read about Cozumel Carnaval). Held the week before Ash Wednesday, the dates for Carnaval vary from year to year just like the dates for Easter. The Carnaval celebrations in Mexico feature flamboyant parades, dance performances, live music, carnival games, live entertainment and of course, a whole lot of partying! The biggest Carnaval celebrations take place in Veracruz and Mazatlan. The 9-day event in Veracruz, usually begins in the month of March, which is just the same time when the festivities begin in the town of Mazatlan. You can either shake a leg to the salsa beats in Veracruz or enjoy the brass band sounds of Mazatlan.

Guelaguetza Festival

The noted Guelaguetza festival is held each July in the Mexican state of Oaxaca. Locally known as “Los Lunes del Cerro” or ‘Mondays on the Hill’, as most of the festivities take place on two successive Mondays at a large amphitheater situated on top of a hill.  A beautiful cultural event dating back to ancient times, this lively festival lures visitors from all across the world.

Fiestas de Octubre

There is more to Guadalajara than just tequila or mariachis, tequila. Also famous for its vibrant and independent music and arts scene, Guadalajara hosts the Fiestas de Octubre (October festival) presenting live music, a good dealof dancing, never-ending food, carnivals, displayss of art works, markets with more than 700 hawkers, street entertainment and several free events. Much of the action related to the Guadalajara October Festival is centered around the Benito Juarez Auditorium.

Fiesta de Santa Cecilia

In Mexico City, every year on the 22nd of November, tribute is paid to St. Cecilia, the patron saint of musicians. Mariachi bands and musicians from regions in northern Mexico and Veracruz get together in Plaza Garibaldi for an open-air party which involves drinks, dancing and singing.

La Morisma

Usually held on the last weekend in August in the colonial town of Zacatecas, La Morisma features a fabulous make-believe battle as a tribute to the victory of the Christians over the Muslims in old Spain. Two battling armies, with more than 2000 participants and accompanied by bands of musicians, parade through the streets in the morning and then act out two battle sequences.

The Vibrant Festivals Of Mexico – Let Yourself Go!

When it comes to festivals, Mexico has something to offer at almost any given time of the year. The splendid mix of music, colorful costumes, fireworks, parades, street theater, laughter and culinary treats take religious, patriotic and cultural celebrations in Mexico to a level that is absolutely impossible to resist!

No visitor to Mexico should let go of an opportunity to engage in the essence of these fiestas, and, thankfully, the country’s calendar is jam-packed with several such events.

El Grito de Independencia  (Independence Day)

El Grito de Independencia

On September 16 every year, Mexico celebrates El Grito de Independencia, or Independence Day. In the year 1810, Father Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla motivated Mexicans to protest against the Spanish-born ruling class and this date marks the outset of the 10-year war for independence with Spain. All across the towns and cities of Mexico, citizens, wearing native attire, gather at midnight on Sept. 15 in their community’s main plaza where the mayor echoes Father Hidalgo’s “grito,” or cry for freedom. Live bands present traditional Mexican music. The merrymaking carries on until 11:00 p.m., when a local government representative, arrives to announce independence. An impressive spectacle of fireworks follows to mark the beginning of El Grito de Independencia. At sunrise on the 16th of September, military and civic processions hit the ground to begin a day of celebration that includes music, fireworks and food – the 3 essential features in any Mexican fiesta. The city plazas, and homes and offices are adorned with the national colors: green, white and red. Food stalls offer a variety of Mexican food and drink items and Vendors sell mementos.

Las Dias de los Muertos (Day of the Dead)

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Las Dias de los Muertos or the Day of the Dead is observed on November 1 and 2.  Las Dias de los Muertos is celebrated all across Mexico, with each region giving it a unique touch of its own. Las Dias de los Muertos honors the spirits of deceased relatives with music and feasts. In the beginning, this festival was observed for the entire month of August, but later on the dates were altered when Spaniards tried to Christianize the occasion. On November 1, also known as the ‘All Saints Day’, homage is paid to small children who have died and they are honored as “angelitos,” or little angels. On November 2 or ‘All Souls Day’, tribute is paid to older family members, friends, even the famous who have passed away. Family altars are built and decorated with mementos, photographs, keepsakes and “ofrendas” i.e. offerings of food, refreshments and token gifts. In some regions, families hold vigils and feasts and get together for a festive reunion at the cemetery which is adorned with fresh flowers. In some other regions in mexico, ‘pan de muerto’ or ‘candy bread’, a sweet bread delicacy, is consumed. In rural Mexico, family members leave gifts for the dead at the graveyard and prepare dishes that happened to be the favorites of the deceased. It is also celebrated with full fervor by people in Riviera Maya

The Christmas Season

The Christmas season kicks off with Las Posadas. Las Posadas refurbishes Mary and Joseph’s search for a room at an inn. The festival begins on December 16, when a man and a woman, acting as Joseph and Mary, head a procession of the Magi, shepherds and children who are dressed as angels. This group of people, portraying itself as the Holy Family arriving in Bethlehem, goes from house to house in search of a room but is staved off until it reaches a designated home where it is welcomed. People assemble for a party, and a doll is left at the home to be picked up by the next night’s participants. The festival goes on each night until Christmas Eve, to be followed by midnight Mass.

Carnaval

Carnaval

Carnaval

Just like the Mardi Gras in the U.S., Mexico celebrates Carnaval with loud, noisy parades and displays of merrymaking and entertainment. Veracruz, Mazatlan and Cozumel observe the most vigorous pre-Lenten celebrations held in Mexico. Carnaval takes place in early spring on the three days before Ash Wednesday — actual dates change with the liturgical calendar of the Roman Catholic church.The dates of this festival are fluctuating as it is linked to the calendar of the Roman Cotholic church.

Semana Santa (Holy Week)

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Much of Mexico comes to a standstill during Semana Santa or the Holy Week, in April or early May. From Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday, the country celebrates this symbolic religious holiday with processions, religious parades on Good Friday and Easter Sunday, street theater depicting the last week of Christ’s life, and local exhibitions featuring regional food specialties and crafts. Most businesses are closed during this period and it is during this time that when most Mexicans head to the beaches or mountains for a family vacation. The date shifts with the religious calendar, but if your travel dates falls during Holy Week, it is advisable to make hotel and transportation reservations well in advance.

Dia de la Raza

Celebrated on the 12th of October, Dia de la Raza, which literally translates into ‘day of the race’, is a national holiday in Mexico and marks the arrival of Christopher Columbus in North America. Each year, this complicated celebration, aggravates a new round of deep thought, scrutiny and public debate amongst scholars and politicians. This day is also celebrated with large public parades and gatherings.

Dia de Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe

On December 12, throughout Mexico, the Virgen de Guadalupe is revered in parades and church services. As the story goes, in 1531, Our Lady of Guadalupe, the dark-skinned Virgin Mary appeared to Juan Diego, a poor Indian convert to Catholicism, on a hillside near Mexico City. No one trusted him until, after a third appearance of the vision, the image of the Virgin Mary was engraved on his cloak. Regarded as a phenomenal work by the church, Diego’s cloak now hangs in the Basilica de Guadalupe in Mexico City. As Mexico’s patron saint, she is honored with religious festivities in a nationwide holiday that also marks the beginning of the Christmas season.

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Enjoy Music Of The Cinema At Camerata de Cancun

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Here is an event for music lovers in Cancun. There will be a concert titled “La Musica del Cinema” by Camerata de Cancun on November 15th, 8.30 pm onwards.

This is a unique confluence of music with films which are now a part of USA’s and in many ways world’s culture. Camerata de Cancun was founded in 2011. It is the only permanent professional orchestra in Quintana Roo. This orchestra is group of talented musicians  honed in both classical and contemporary music.

Ticket prices: $200-$300 pesos.

For more information: http://www.cameratadecancun.org/camerata/