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June 9, 6:30pm at the Mexican Cultural Institute

 

Don't miss a night of food, music, art, and more as the Ibero-American Cultural Attachés Association (AACIA) presents Noche Iberoamericana!

Come taste cuisine from Cuba, Paraguay, and Spain while sipping on Argentinian, Chilean and Uruguayan wine, Peruvian pisco sours, and a signature drink from El Salvador. Finish it all off with Portuguese Porto and Uchuvas from Colombia.

The program will include a live musical presentation by the group "Sound Impact" courtesy of the Embassy of Costa Rica, tango music from Argentina & Uruguay, including an interpretation of La Cumparsita, and a performance by Paraguayan musician José Alvarenga. The Mexican Cultural Institute's exhibit will also be on display. Plus, two business class round trip tickets to Peru and a book on Tango musician Alberto Magnone will be offered in a raffle! You won't want to miss it.

This year, Noche Iberoamericana will also offer a VIP ticket option that will include an Ecuadorean chocolate tasting, Brazilian appetizers, Mexican wine, a signature rum cocktail from Guatemala, a raffle for two round trip tickets to Mexico, and a diplomatic greeting and tour of the Historic Mansion.

See a video of previous years (Courtesy of International Club DC)

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Mexican Cultural Institute
2829 16th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
June 9, 2017




May 6, 10am-4pm at the Mexican Cultural Institute

 

Don't miss Cultural Tourism DC's Annual Around the World Embassy Tour, as part of Passport DC!

This year is the 10th anniversary of passport DC and again Embassies around Washington DC will open their doors and welcome visitors to experience art and culture from countries all over the world.

This year, the Embassy of Mexico's Mexican Cultural Institute will be open to take part in the festivities. The institute will have on display it's two current artistic exhibits: 'BORDES/BORDERS' and 'El vuelo y su semilla by Bestabeé Romero'. There will be demos by the dance group 'Soles de Mexico' at 12:30 and 1:30pm. And visitors will also have a chance to explore the historic mansion and its famous murals.

The Mexican Cultural Institute's May programming is supported by our sponsors. Learn more here.



Mexican Cultural Institute
2829 16th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
May 6, 2017




May 1, 5:30pm at the Mexican Cultural Institute

 

Join us as we host Mezcal: Mexico in a Bottle's debut in Washington DC for a combination of music, art, food, and that divine elixir - MEZCAL - for an experience like no other.

Mezcal: Mexico in a Bottle is the biggest mezcal tasting in the United States. Curated by the Mezcalistas, it is an annual tasting and celebration of mezcal culture. The event will include more than 15 mezcal brands, bites, cocktail sips from local bars and restaurants, handcrafted artisan goods, great music, and fun. Plus, luminaries from across the mezcal world will offer fantastic insights into what you're tasting as part of an informal chats program.

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Mexican Cultural Institute
2829 16th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
May 1, 2017



Opening celebration October 29 from 12:00 - 4:00pm at the Mexican Cultural Institute

 

Don't miss the Mexican Cultural Institute's annual Day of the Dead celebration! This well-known community event is a quintessentially Mexican tradition and one of our most colorful displays of the year.

This year's celebration will feature an installation piece by Mexican designer and creative director Luis Fitch. Fitch, the director of UNO Branding, will construct an altar-like installation evoking the aesthetics of papel picado, the festive punched paper often used as a symbol in Day of the Dead altars. It will be on view through November 14.

Additionally, the MCI will have a traditional altar dedicated to famed Mexican musician Juan Gabriel, who died earlier this year. Juan Gabriel was one of Mexico's most successful songwriters and vocalists. The traditional altar will also honor the lives of Teodoro González de León, Gloria Contreras, Luis González de Alba, and Ignacio Padilla. It will be on view through November 21.

The opening day celebration will take place October 29th from 12:00 - 4:00pm and will include a musical performance at 12:30. The two attractions will be on display to visitors and school groups during regular hours through their respective closing dates.



Mexican Cultural Institute
2829 16th St NW
Washington DC, 20009
Opening October 29 from 12:00 - 4:00pm
Luis Fitch installation on view through November 14
Traditional altar on view through November 21


October 1-20 at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

 

In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, the Kennedy Center will feature a number of events and performances during October.

On Saturday, October 1, events for youth of all ages will take place throughout the Terrace Level of the Kennedy Center (in the Atrium & Foyers, Terrace Gallery, and Nations and States Galleries), including music and dance performances from local Latino artists, open dance classes, instrument demonstrations, a photo station, coloring, musical instrument making, face painting, interactive games, murals exploring fruits in Latino countries, and a mural celebrating the diverse D.C. community.

In the Hall of States, the launching of the installation Con Los Brazos Abiertos by Mexican graffiti artist Saner will take place October 1. The installation will feature a myriad of Mexican artists and icons, celebrating the significant contributions they've made to arts and culture. The installation will remain on display through October 20, 2016. Presented with the support of the Mexican Cultural Institute of the Embassy of Mexico.

As the core event of this Hispanic Heritage Month celebration, ¡Viva César, Viva Kennedy! will convene celebrated artists including world-renowned singer Eugenia León and Grammy-award winning band La Marisoul y La Santa Cecilia, and others for a one-of-a-kind evening of performance and spirited conversation. The October 13 program is centered on the topics of civil rights and social justice, and how these intersect between the work and ideals of two pivotal figures in history of the United States: César Chávez and John F. Kennedy.

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The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
2700 F Street NW
Washington, DC 20566
Open house event October 1, 10:30am -4:00pm
Concert October 13, 8:00pm
Installation on view October 1-20


Noche Iberoamericana 2016

October 5, 2016, 6:30-9:30pm at the Mexican Cultural Institute

 

Don't miss a night of food, music, art, and more as the Ibero-American Cultural Attachés Association (AACIA) presents Noche Iberoamericana!

Come taste cuisine from Paraguay, Mexico, El Salvador, and Venezuela while sipping on Argentinian & Chilean wine, Costa Rican beer, Dominican rum mojitos, and Peruvian pisco. Finish it all off with Portuguese natas, Ecuadorean chocolate, and Guatemalan coffee.

The program will include music from Spain by the Pavel Urkiza duet with percussion by Rigel Pérez, dance from Panama by GRUFOLPAWA, and music from Colombia by Verny Varela.

The Mexican Cultural Institute's exhibit will also be on display and the evening will include a raffle for two round-trip business class plane tickets to Lima, Peru, Brazilian Cachaça, Cuban cigars, and the book 'I had to survive' by Roberto Canessa of Uruguay. Plus, all guests will walk away with a special surprise from Honduras.

See a video of previous years (Courtesy of International Club DC)

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2829 16th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
Wednesday, October 5, 6:30pm
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Mexico at the National Book Festival

September 24, 2016 at the National Book Festival

 

This year the Library of Congress National Book Festival, in conjunction with the Mexican Cultural Institute, will present a number of events on the works and contributions of Mexican literature with Déborah Holtz, Alberto Ruy Sánchez, and Álvaro Enrigue.



Déborah Holtz on her book Tacopedia
September 24, 4:00 pm-4:45 pm, book signing 5:30 pm-6:30 pm

Déborah Holtz is a Mexican editor and writer best-known for her book "Tacopedia" (Phaidon). She is the founder of Trilce Ediciones, a publisher which provides an avenue for independent writers and is known for its popular culture art books, poetry, children's books and essays. Holtz is also the president of Mexican Alliance of Independent Publishers, which is the only association of independent publishers in Mexico and was founded in 2005. Since 2012, she has been the anchorwoman of a radio show called Salsajazzeando, a program about a variety of Latin music styles including jazz, salsa, bungaloo and Caribbean rhythms. Holtz's "Tacopedia" (Phaidon) is the ultimate reference on taco culture and features the principal types of tacos, recipes, interviews with taco creators, origin stories, photographs, illustrations, graphics, maps and more that bring the vibrancy of the taco, and its homeland, to life. More info



Álvaro Enrigue on his book Muerte Súbita (Sudden Death)
September 24, 5:15-6:00 pm, book signing 3:30 pm-4:30 pm

See Álvaro Enrigue in conversation with John Hessler from the LOC as the discuss Enrigue's book Muerte Súbita (Sudden Death). Álvaro Enrigue is a celebrated Mexican author. He has written 10 fiction books, several of which are now available in English translations, including "Perpendicular Lives" and "Hypothermia." Enrigue received the prestigious Joaquín Mortiz Prize for his first novel, "La muerte de un instalador," as well as the coveted Herralde Prize for his recent book, "Muerte súbita." His commentary in English has been published in The New York Times, the Believer and the London Review of Books. His award-winning "Muerte súbita" is now available in the English translation "Sudden Death" (Riverhead), and is a daring adventure story featuring a sixteenth century tennis match between Italian artist Caravaggio and the Spanish poet Francisco de Quevedo. Enrigue lives in New York, where he alternates between teaching at Princeton and Columbia universities. More info



Alberto Ruy Sánchez on his book Poetics of Wonder: Passage to Mogador
September 24, 7:15 pm-8:00 pm, book signing 6:00 pm-7:00 pm

See Alberto Ruy Sánchez in conversation with Luis Clemens from NPR as they discuss Sánchez's book Poetics of Wonder: Passage to Mogador. Alberto Ruy Sánchez is a writer of fiction, nonfiction, poetry and essays from Mexico City. Since 1988, he has served as the editor-in-chief of the arts magazine Artes de México, which has won more than 150 national and international editorial awards. Sánchez has received numerous awards and honors, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Gran Orden de Honor Nacional al Mérito Autoral, the José Fuentes Mares National Prize for Literature and the Premio Cálamo. The majority of his fiction works including his latest, "Poetics of Wonder: Passage to Mogador" (White Pine), are set in Mogador, the ancient Arabic city now known as Essaouira and located on the Atlantic coast of Morocco. Sánchez currently lives with his family in Mexico. More info



Other Mexicans and Mexican-Americans participating:
Luís Alberto Urrea
Pati Jinich
Pam Muñoz Ryan





Walter E. Washington Convention Center
801 Mt Vernon Pl NW
Washington, DC 20001
September 24th, 2016



Mexican Folk Dance Workshop

July 31 - August 7, 2016 at the Mexican Cultural Institute

 

The Mexican Cultural Institute of Washington D.C., in an effort to contribute to the development of professionals within the arts, proudly announces its third Mexican folk dance workshop.

Part of the Institute's Education for the Arts initiative a course entitled III Taller de Actualización de Danza Folklórica Mexicana will take place at the MCI, taught by professors from the the Escuela de Danza Folklórica Mexicana and attended by members of various Mexican folk dance companies from DC, Maryland, and Virginia.

The Mexican Cultural Institute would like to thank the support of the Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes (INBA).




2829 16th St NW
Washington, DC
July 31 - August 7, 2016



2016 Smithsonian Folkilife Festival

Wednesday July 6, 2016, 6:45pm at the Mexican Cultural Institute

 

In collaboration with the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, the Mexican Cultural Institute is proud to host a showcase of Mixteco music and dance groups participating in this year's festival!

The showcase will include Banda Brillo de San Miguel Cuevas and Grupo Nuu Yuku/Danza de los Diablos de San Miguel Cuevas, two Mixteco music and dance groups from California that are performing at the Folklife Festival. Banda Brillo de San Miguel Cuevas is a ten-piece Mixteco Oaxacan wind band, local to the San Joaquin Valley. The group's repertoire includes the most popular Mixtec dance rhythm, called the chilena, in addition to a wide range of traditional regional Mexican and Oaxacan music, including rancheras, boleros, marchas, and polkas. Grupo Nuu Yuku/Danza de los Diablos de San Miguel Cuevas is a Mixteco dance group from the San Joaquin Valley with more than 35 members. The danza de los diablos, or dance of the devils, as performed by Grupo Nuu Yuku represents a specialized local tradition that is unique to San Miguel Cuevas in the Juxtlahuaca district of the Mixteca Baja in northern Oaxaca, Mexico.

In addition to the event at the MCI you can see the groups' performances at the 'Sounds of California Stage' on the National Mall on June 29 at 3:30pm, June 30 at 11:45am and 4:15pm, July 1 at 1:15pm and 3:30pm, July 2 at 11:00am and 4:15pm, July 3 at 12:30pm and 3:30pm, July 4 at 11:45am and 4:15pm, July 7 at 11:00am and 3:30pm, and July 8 at 12:30pm and 2:45pm.

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2829 16th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
July 6, 2016, 6:45 pm
Free Admission


Passport DC 2016

Saturday, May 7, 2016, 10am - 4pm at the Mexican Cultural Institute

 

Don't miss Cultural Tourism DC's Annual Around the World Embassy Tour, as part of Passport DC. Embassies from around the globe will open their doors and welcome visitors to experience art and culture.

This year, The Mexican Embassy's Cultural Institute will display an exhibition and offer Mexican folk dance by Los Quetzales Mexican Dance Ensemble, live mariachi music by Mariachi Los Amigos, a chance to explore the historic mansion and its murals, and more.

The dance presentation will begin at 12:00pm and the music will begin at 1:30pm. Join us for an afternoon of music, dance, culture, art and more at Mexico's home in the United States!







2829 16th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
Saturday, May 7, 10am - 4pm
Free Admission


Mexican Table 2015 Season

All Sessions 6:45pm at the Mexican Cultural Institute

 

The 2015 season kicked off on April 23rd when Mexican Table returned to celebrate the 25th Silver Anniversary of the MCI by preparing a menu in homage to Mexico's Silver Route. In the colonial era, this route connected Mexico City to Zacatecas, the premier mining area, passing through Queretaro, Guanajuato, Aguascalientes and San Luis Potosí. The menu took its inspiration from that era and route, and diners were able to sample both the flavors and the history.

Want to know more about the avocado? On Saturday June 13 from 11:00am - 1:30pm the Institute hosted the first Mexican Table for Kids (ages 7 - 14 only, limit 30 participants) focusing on this tasty ingredient. Mexican table isn't just for grownups!

Participants were be part of a top chef style showdown with the avocado. Parents were invited to join the last 15 minutes of the class for the final award ceremony! Ingredients for this session courtesy of Avocados from Mexico.

Then, on December 3rd Mexican Table will focus on the culinary riches from the north of México -- Monterrey, Nuevo León. To close the year in grand northern style Pati will host an evening of fantastic northern dishes, she will be joined by Chef Adrián Herrera who will bring native knowledge to the menu. Chef Herrera is the owner and chef at "Chef Herrera" in Monterrey, Nuevo León. - SOLD OUT

Tables fill as reservations are made. If you wish to sit with friends but have purchased tickets individually, please contact Pilar Orozco at porozco@instituteofmexicodc.org.









Mexican Cultural Institute
2829 16th Street NW DC
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Day of the Dead Ofrenda 2015

November 2-6, 2015 at the Mexican Cultural Institute

 

Don't miss the Mexican Cultural Institute's annual Ofrenda de Muertos! This well-known community event is a quintessentially Mexican tradition and one of our most colorful displays of the year.

As a continuation of the exhibit Silver on Silver, William Spratling an American in Taxco, this year's Ofrenda de Muertos is dedicated to the life and work of the enigmatic William Spratling and the Taxco silversmiths. The Ofrenda opens November 2nd at 6:45pm and will be on display to visitors and school groups until November 6th during regular hours.

William Spratling was an American adventurer, writer, collector, illustrator, architect, designer, and entrepreneur. In the 1920s he fell in love with Mexico and moved there with the intention of reviving its fledgling silver industry. Through the lens of design and craftsmanship Spratling and the silversmiths of Taxco helped turn the small Mexican town into an international center of design and silver production. In doing so, these men forged a new path for Taxco, harnessing design as tool of not only aesthetics, but of social transformation.



Mexican Cultural Institute
2829 16th St NW
Washington DC, 20009
Opening November 2 at 6:45 pm


Noche Iberoamericana 2015

October 15, 2015, 6:30pm at the Mexican Cultural Institute

 

Don't miss a night of food, music, art, and more as the Ibero-American Cultural Attaches Association (AACIA) presents Noche Iberoamericana!

Come taste the cuisines of Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador, and indulge in Portuguese natas, Colombian coffee and Ecuadorean chocolate. Accompanying the delicious food are acclaimed new world wines from Argentina & Chile, refreshing Dominican rum mojitos, traditional Peruvian pisco, and effervescent Spanish cava.

The musical program will include Rose Moraes, a Brazilian vocalist whose extensive studies in music have yielded a successful career in Brazil, the United States, and Europe, the Grupo Paraguay de Héctor Muñoz, a harp and guitar trio from the Washington DC area, specializing in classical and popular music from Mexico, North, Central and South America, and Mariachi Los Amigos, founded in DC over 35 years ago and whose diverse repertoire has evolved to include everything from canciones rancheras, to romantic boleros, lively polkas, and hard-driving jaliscienses.

The Mexican Cultural Institute's exhibit 'Silver on Silver' will also be on display. Featuring silver pieces, photos, and documents, the exhibit details the life and career of famed adventurer,entrepreneur, and silver designer, William Spratling, who transformed the small Mexican town of Taxco into a center of design. The evening will also include a raffle of Costa Rican artisan goods, Cuban cigars and the book Imprints Between reality and invention from Uruguayan photographer Julio Testoni.

See a video of last years event (Courtesy of International Club DC)

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2829 16th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
Thursday, October 15th, 6:30pm
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Mexico at the National Book Festival

September 5, 2015 at the National Book Festival

 

This year the Library of Congress National Book Festival, in conjunction with the Mexican Cultural Institute and Georgetown University, will present a number of events on the works and contributions of Mexican literature with Homero Aridjis, Valeria Luiselli and Álvaro Enrigue.



The Poet as a Public Intellectual
September 5, 11:50 am - 12:35 pm

One of Latin America's foremost literary figures, Homero Aridjis is a writer and poet whose work has been recognized with important literary prizes in Mexico, Italy, France, the United States, and Serbia. Formerly the Mexican Ambassador to Switzerland, The Netherlands, and UNESCO, Aridjis is the recipient of two Guggenheim Fellowships and since 1985 has published regularly as an editorial page columnist for the principal Mexican newspapers, the New York Times and other publications, writing about politics, literature and the environment. This event will be moderated by Gwen Kirkpatrick, Head, Department of Spanish and Portuguese, Georgetown University. Book signing from 1:00 - 2:00pm.



Álvaro Enrigue and other authors on The role of time in contemporary Latin American literature
September 5, 12:45 - 1:30 pm

In a panel moderated by Gwen Kirkpatrick, director of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at Georgetown University, Álvaro Enrigue and other authors will discuss the power of time in defining a work's length, or in unfolding a story, and the ways time can intrude in the creative process. Álvaro Enrigue is the author of the novel La muerte de un instalador which won him the Joaquin Moritz prize in 1996. His book Muerte súbita won the Herralde award in 2013 and he currently teaches at Princeton and Columbia Universities in addition to collaborating with publications like The New York Times, The Believer and The London Review of Books. Photo by Zony Maya. Book signing from 11:30am - 12:30pm.



Valeria Luiselli on her works Faces in the Crowd, Sidewalks and The Story of My Teeth
September 5, 3:30 - 4:15 pm

Lastly, the National Book Festival will host Valeria Luiselli, a writer born in Mexico City, whose writing has garnered much success. A novelist Faces in the Crowd and essayist Sidewalks, her work has been translated into many languages and has appeared in publications including the New York Times, the New Yorker, Granta, and McSweeney's. In 2014, Faces in the Crowd was the recipient of the Los Angeles Times Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction and the National Book Foundation's 5 Under 35 award. Her forthcoming novel, The Story of My Teeth, will be available from Coffee House Press in fall 2015. Book signing from 2:00 - 3:00pm.






Walter E. Washington Convention Center
801 Mt Vernon Pl NW
Washington, DC 20001
September 5th



Mexican Folk Dance Workshop

August 9-15, 2015 at the Mexican Cultural Institute

 

The Mexican Cultural Institute of Washington D.C., in an effort to contribute to the development of professionals within the arts, proudly announces its second Mexican folk dance workshop.

Part of the Institute's Education for the Arts initiative a course entitled II Taller de Actualización de Danza Folklórica Mexicana will take place at the MCI, taught by professors from the the Escuela de Danza Folklórica Mexicana and attended by members of various Mexican folk dance companies from DC, Maryland, and Virginia.

The Mexican Cultural Institute would like to thank the support of the Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes (INBA).




2829 16th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
August 9-15, 2015



Passport DC 2015

May 2, 2015, 10am - 4pm at the Mexican Cultural Institute

 

Don't miss Cultural Tourism DC's 8th Annual Around the World Embassy Tour, the capstone event of Passport DC. Embassies from around the globe open their doors and welcome visitors to experience the art and culture.

This year, The Mexican Embassy's Cultural Institute will display the 25 Years 25 Artists exhibition, offer traditional Mexican games and live children's music as well as other live music and dance performances.

Join us for a free concert by Mariachi Los Amigos, who will introduce you to traditional Mexican mariachi music. Later, enjoy the wonderful dance of the Ballet Folclórico Maru Montero and Los Quetzales, masters of traditional Mexican dance. So come on down for a family-friendly afternoon of Passport DC with music, games, and art at Mexico's home in the United States!







2829 16th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
Saturday, May 2nd, 10am - 4pm
Free Admission


A tour of the MCI with Pam Scott

April 29, 2015, 3:00pm at the Mexican Cultural Institute

 

Architecture Week is a series of public events that celebrate architecture in the nation's capital. With this 16th celebration, Architecture Week will shine a spotlight on Washington's foreign embassies and institutions, including our own Mexican Cultural Institute. Join us at 3pm on Wednesday, April 29th for a tour of our 16th Street Mansion!

The tour and lecture will be led by esteemed architectural historian Pamela Scott, who specializes in the history of Washington's planning and built environment. She has taught the History of Washington Architecture at several universities and curated exhibits for the Library of Congress, National Building Museum, Capitol Historical Society, Historical Society of Washington, and Department of Interior Museum on topics from the eighteenth to the twentieth centuries relating to Washington's history. Click here to read more about Pamela Scott.

Mexican Cultural Institute
2829 16th Street NW DC
3-4:30pm, Wednesday, April 29th
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Mexico at the Kennedy Center's Iberian Suite Festival

March 3 - 24, 2015 at the Kennedy Center

 

This season, the Kennedy Center presents IBERIAN SUITE: global arts remix, a vibrant three-week festival celebrating cultures of Portuguese and Spanish-speaking peoples, the impact they've had throughout the world, and the vast influences they've embraced from other cultures.



Tania Pérez-Salas Compañía de Danza
March 13 - 14 at the Terrace Theater


Tania Pérez-Salas, praised for her "vivid visual imagination" by the New York Times, is one of Mexico's most accomplished contemporary dancers and choreographers. Made in Mexico XX is a new work, featuring interwoven images rooted in Pérez-Salas's perspective as a Mexican artist with music representing a collage of Mexican composers. Founded in 1994, her dance company is known for its visual imagery, often making use of props and dramatic lighting.

As part of this double bill performance, the Kennedy Center will also host María Muñoz, Artistic Director of Spain's Mal Pelo Dance Company. She brings the U.S. premiere of her evocative 2004 solo piece, Bach, Performed to Glenn Gould's recording of J.S. Bach's The Well-Tempered Clavier.

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Kennedy Center
2700 F Street NW
Washington, DC 20566
March 3 - 24


House of Desires

February 5 - March 1, 2015 at the Gala Theater

 

A wild tale of confusion and mistaken identities, complete with wily servants and groping suitors, this comic modern adaptation of House of Desires at the Gala Theater is not to be missed! Written by the first published feminist writer of the New World, Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz of Mexico, this romantic farce examines the free will of women at a time when they were subject to a strict moral code. Directed by Hugo Medrano.

Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz was a self-taught scholar and poet during the 17th century. Although she lived in a colonial era when Mexico was part of the Spanish Empire, she is considered today both a Mexican writer and a contributor to the Spanish Golden Age. Her works have been widely translated and published all over the world, and she is considered a prominent figure in the history of Mexican literature in the Spanish language. In "House of Desires," one of her most outstanding plays, Sor Juana gives the audience a glimpse of the opinions and idiosyncrasies of her time. For its exploration of the concepts of love, beauty, purity, courtesy, envy, betrayal, injustice, and dishonor, "House of Desires" is considered the pinnacle of Sor Juana's work.

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Also! House of Desires will feature Mexican actor Erick Sotomayer in the role of Don Carlos, the gregarious romantic who's kind to a fault. Erick Sotomayer is making his first appearance at GALA. Most recently he appeared in Martin, Love, Sex, and Rhythm at the 2014 Capital Fringe Festival. In Mexico, he performed several lead roles in the famous Mexican series Mujer, Casos de la Vida Real, produced by the actress Silvia Pinal. Originally from Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico, he studied acting at Televisa's Center of Artistic Education in Mexico City.





3333 14th Street NW DC
Washington, DC 20010
February 5 - March 1
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Candela's Shells: The Work of Spanish-Mexican Architect Félix Candela

January 15 - February 15, 2015 at the Art Museum of the Americas

 

The Art Museum of the Americas, in collaboration with the Mission of Mexico to the Organization of American States, presents Candela's Shells, honoring the great Spanish-Mexican Architect, Félix Candela. Candela was a renowned architect and engineer, whose work rose to great fame in the 1950s and 1960s with the creation of his "shells" made of reinforced concrete. These shells, or cascarones, were not only visually innovative, but also sought to prove the engineering properties and potentials of reinforced concrete. His iconic buildings are an enduring reminder of his contributions to Mexican architecture and engineering.

This traveling exhibit is a selection from the show, Félix Candela 1910-2010, organized by Acción Cultural Española (AC/E) to commemorate the architect's 100th birthday. Curated by architecture professor Dr. Juan Ignacio del Cueto from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), Candela's Shells is part of an effort to preserve and promote Candela's legacy.

The exhbition inauguration will take place January 15 at 6:00 pm. It will be preceded by an architecture talk by Marcos Mazari, Dean, UNAM Architecture School, and Juan Ignacio del Cueto, Professor, UNAM Architecture School.

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Art Museum of the Americas
201 18th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20006


Day of the Dead Altar

November 1 - 7, 2014 at the Mexican Cultural Institute

 

Don't miss the Mexican Cultural Institute's annual Day of the Dead Altar on Saturday, November 1st! This well-known community event is a quintessentially Mexican tradition and one of our most colorful displays of the year. This year's Day of the Dead Altar is dedicated to the life and work of Latin American literary giant Gabriel García Márquez.

Born in Colombia on March 6, 1927, writer, journalist, and humanist Gabriel García Márquez died on April 17, 2014 in Mexico City, where he lived for most of the last 50 years. The Nobel-laureate, who epitomized the magical realistic writing movement, wrote some of his best-known works in Mexico, including One Hundred Years of Solitude.

The opening event will take place on Saturday, November 1st from 12 to 4 pm and will remain open to visitors and school groups until November 7th during regular hours.





2829 16th Street NW DC
Washington, DC 20009
November 1st - 7th
Free Admission


Noche Iberoamericana

October 2, 2014, 6:45pm at the Mexican Cultural Institute

 

Don't miss a night of food, music, art, and more as The Ibero-American Cultural Attache's Association (AACIA) presents Noche Iberoamericana!

Featuring Peruvian Ceviche, Spanish Tapas, Salvadorean Cuisine, Chilean & Argentinian Wine, Peruvian Pisco, Spanish Cava, Dominican Rum, and Honduran Beer. With music by El Cuarteto del Amor from Uruguay, Grupo Etnia from Peru, and Brazilian guitar by Peter Richardson. The Mexican Cultural institute's exhibit 'Gabriel Figueroa Cinematographer' will also be on display. Including a raffle for Cuban Cigars and Amalia's Guatemalan Kitchen Cookbook.

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2829 16th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
Thursday, October 2nd, 6:45pm
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Stefan Falke at Photoville Brooklyn

 

Since 2008 Stefan Falke has photographed artists along the long divide between the US and Mexico in order to foster cultural exchange. Falke believes that Artists are the pulse of a society and each one has a positive influence on their community in one way or another. He photographed both internationally renowned as well as only locally known or even unknown artists to show the impact they all have on their environments.

Stefan Falke was born in Paderborn, Germany, in 1956. He lives in Brooklyn, NY, and photographs stories and portraits for international magazines and shoots movie stills for film studios. His current and ongoing long term project is titled LA FRONTERA: Artists along the US Mexican Border. He has to date visited and photographed 180 artists along the entire length of border. These photos are compiled in his latest book La Frontera.

The Mexican Cultural Institute in Washington DC is pleased to support the work of Stefan Falke.

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Calakmul named UNESCO world heritage site

 

The Mexican Government is honored to announce that Calakmul and its surrounding protected forests were recently added to UNESCO’s list of World Heritage sites. The ancient Mayan city was given a designation of cultural and archeological significance, while the more than 1.78 million acres of surrounding jungle and forest were designated as a natural heritage site.

Calakmul is Mexico’s first mixed heritage site and is located in the Southern Yucatan Peninsula, in the State of Campeche. The city and surrounding forest comprise part of the Calakmul Biosphere Reserve, which has an area of almost 2,800 square miles and was created to protect the immense and beautiful biodiversity of the Mexican Jungle and the ruins contained within.

In addition to this mixed heritage site, Mexico contains twenty six sites with cultural designations and five with natural designations, including Tulum, San Miguel de Allende and the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve.

More info here


Passport DC 2014

May 3, 2014, 12 - 4pm at the Mexican Cultural Institute

 

Don't miss Cultural Tourism DC's 7th Annual Around the World Embassy Tour, the capstone event of Passport DC. Embassies from around the globe open their doors and welcome visitors to experience the art and culture.

This year, The Mexican Embassy's Cultural Institute will display the Diego Rivera: Man at the Crossroads exhibition, offer traditional Mexican games and live children's music. Mari Paz, accomplished pianist, will accompany renowned soprano Adriana Gonzalez, singing Mexico's traditional "Cri-Cri" music for children at 12:00pm.

At 1:30pm, join us for a free concert by Radio Jarocho, who will introduce you to traditional music from Veracruz, son jarocho. NPR has praised the group for their great lyrics and edgy attitude. So come on down for a family-friendly afternoon of Passport DC with music, games, and art at Mexico's home in the United States!

2829 16th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
Saturday, May 3rd, 12 - 4pm
Free Admission


Tapioca Inn at the Kennedy Center World Stage

March 14-16, 2014 at the Kennedy Center World Stage

 

At odds over their mother's will, grown twins Julia and Simon embark on a journey backwards in time to unravel her deepest secrets. In the process, they discover a completely different mother from the one they thought they knew. Exploring the human potential for hate, revenge, and destruction--as well as consolation, love, and forgiveness--award-winning Lebanese Canadian playwright Wajdi Mouawad's powerful story was turned into an Academy Award-nominated Best Foreign Language Film in 2011. In the hands of renowned Mexican theater company Tapioca Inn, Incendios reveals itself as both an epic and intimate family drama.

Kennedy Center World Stage
2700 F Street, NW
Washington, DC 20566
March 14-16, 2014


Mexicali Rose in DC

Events Throughout October, 2013 at the Corcoran Gallery of Art

 

The Institute welcomes artists-in-residence Fernando Méndez Corona and Marco Vera from the Mexicali Rose Art/Media Center, a grassroots community space that hosts art and film making workshops, film screenings, and exhibitions of local and international works of art in Mexicali, Baja California.

Throughout October, these two talented artists will work with students, deliver public lectures, participate in a Corcoran exhibition, and advise students from the Corcoran and the Sitar Center on murals and documentary films. Below find a list of their events here in Washington, DC:

October 2-9 - Artists will work with students to create the work displayed in the Gallery 31 exhibition, Secondary Inspection: Una selección del Arte de Baja California, open until October 27th.

Wed, October 9 - Exhibition opens

Wed, October 16 - Public program at the Corcoran's auditorium in which artists(students, staff, faculty, public) join us for dynamic talks, presentations, films, and performances exploring the theme of "borders." Registration: click here.

Wed, October 23 - Marco Vera and Fernando Corona's public lecture at 6:30pm, during which they will discuss their experiences with the Corcoran and DC communities and will screen their documentaries. Registration: click here.

Corcoran Gallery of Art
500 Seventeenth Street
NW Washington, DC 20006
Events throughout October
For more information, click here


Architecture Week Tour of the MCI

October 18, 2013 at 12:00pm, at the Mexican Cultural Institute

 

Architecture Week is a series of public events that celebrate architecture in the nation's capital. With this 15th celebration, Architecture Week will shine a spotlight on Washington's foreign embassies and institutions, including our own Mexican Cultural Institute. Join us at noon on Friday, October 18th for a tour of our 16th Street Mansion!

The tour will be led by esteemed architectural historian Pamela Scott, who specializes in the history of Washington's planning and built environment. She has taught the History of Washington Architecture at several universities and curated exhibits for the Library of Congress, National Building Museum, Capitol Historical Society, Historical Society of Washington, and Department of Interior Museum on topics from the eighteenth to the twentieth centuries relating to Washington's history. Click here to read more about Pamela Scott.


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Mexican Cultural Institute
2829 16th Street NW DC
12-1:30pm, Friday, October 18th
Free Admission, RSVP recommended:
rsvp@instituteofmexicodc.org


1050 Collective in Competition

July 2013 at the William James Foundation's 10th Annual Gathering

 

Oaxaca's own Colectivo 1050 was a finalist for the William James Foundation 2013 Business Plan Competition in the Idea Phase Category. Each year the William James Foundation brings together entrepreneurs, mentors, and funders who are working to make the world a better place through creating, collaborating, and investing in social innovators from across the globe.

Based in Oaxaca Mexico, Colectivo 1050 works with artisans in the surrounding communities to produce beautiful ceramic pieces through environmentally sustainable methods. Founder Kythzia Barrera is committed to this project as a way to promote indigenous cultures and revitalize the value of the ceramics craft in Mexican culture.

The artisans in 1050 come from San Bartolo Coyotepec, known for its enigmatic black clay; San Marcos Tlapazola, where zapotec women create smooth shapes in red clay; and Santa María Atzompa, well-known masters of glazed pottery with a millenary tradition. Other members of the collective are designers and ceramicists.

1050 Ceramics Collective is a group of designers, artists and artisans working together to make high-quality, unique and functional products in Oaxaca, Mexico. When you buy a product from 1050 you help a centuries-old heritage and its artisans stay alive.

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William James Foundation 10th Annual Gathering
920 U Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001
For more information, click here


Zapotec Isthmus at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival

Events until June 30, 2013 at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival

 

The Zapotec language family of Oaxaca and Veracruz, Mexico, comprises a large number of distinct indigenous languages that can be traced back some fifteen hundred years. Speakers of Isthmus Zapotec from Juchitán de Zaragoza in Oaxaca, Mexico, are involved in language maintenance as writers, poets, musicians, and knowledge bearers. Join the Zapotec speakers for performances, readings, and a celebration of their culture at the Zapotec tent near the corner of 12th and Madison, on the Mall!

For more on the Zapotec community, click here. For a festival schedule, click here.

12th and Madison St NW
Washington, DC
Through June 30th
Free Admission

Metro: Smithsonian





La Niña de la Casa Azul Dance Performance

May 15, 2013 8:00pm, 2013 at the Montgomery College Arts Center

 

Mexican artist Frida Kahlo was often taken for a surrealist, despite her insistence that she was simply depicting her own, sometimes tragic, reality. Through dance, video art, and theatrical methods, choreographer Aurélien Kairo takes an exploration of Kahlo’s pain to experiment with the beauty that can come from the multifaceted, but otherwise isolated states of mind that physical suffering can cause.

"La Nina de la Casa Azul" was created by Aurélien Kairo, French choreographer and founder of the De Fakto dance company, in collaboration with Bejart and Pietragalla, two renouned French choreographers. This show will feature two French and three Mexican dancers in its gripping depiction of Kahlo's tragic yet beautiful life.


"Like a pirouette in the destiny of a broken life, La Niña de la Casa Azul has all the combativeness, the flamboyance, and the faith in life of this unusual artist, battered in her skin following a horrific bus accident, which are all highlighted here. It's an invitation to live - Vida la vida! - and to dance, toward and in spite of everything."

- Maison de la Culture de Nevere et de la Nièvre.

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Montgomery College Cultural Arts Center
7995 Georgia Ave, Silver Spring, MD
Wednesday May 15th, 2013 8:00pm
Buy tickets here


Passport DC at the Mexican Cultural Institute

May 4, 2013, 10am - 4pm at the Mexican Cultural Institute

 

Don't miss Cultural Tourism DC's 5th Annual Around the World Embassy Tour, the capstone event of Passport DC. Embassies from around the globe open their doors and welcome visitors to experience the art and culture. This year, The Mexican Embassy's Cultural Institute will display the Codex Mexico exhibition of artisan books, and serve aguas frescas (horchata and agua de Jamaica), traditional Mexican games, and live Mexican music--you can learn how to dance the traditional music from Veracruz, Son Jarocho, with members of D.C. Jarocho group Cosita Seria from 12:30 to 2:00pm!

2829 16th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
Saturday, May 4th, 10am - 4pm
Free Admission


Ballet Folclorico de Mexico

September 30, 2012 at the Hylton Center and Wednesday 10/3 2012 at the Strathmore Music Center

 

With an ensemble of over 50 dancers, Amalia Hernandez's Ballet Folclórico de Mexico is a world-acclaimed, pioneering dance company that delivers a jolt of tradition and colors on each of its performances. Don't miss this upcoming opportunity to see the group as they perform the best and most diverse portraits of Mexico in the stage of the Music Center at Strathmore University.

Conjuring images of centuries of culture, from fierce Aztec Jaguar warriors to the brilliant-hued, ruffled swirl of a village fiesta, this company is a living, breathing--and above all, dancing--national treasure.

"A captivating spectacle...The gorgeous costumes and breathtaking formations keep coming, dance after dance" - The New York Times.

Click here for more information on the Strathmore event, and here for information on the Hylton event.


The Ballet Folklórico de México's US tour is funded in part by the Secretaría de Relaciones Exteriores.

The Music Center at Strathmore
5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, MD
www.strathmore.org

The Hylton Center
10960 George Mason Circle, Manassas, VA 20110
www.hyltoncenter.org


International Children's Festival

May 6, 2012 at the Reagan International Trade Center

 

Join us and experience the colors, flavors, sights and sounds of countries from around the world through embassy exhibits and an afternoon of international performing arts shows!

The International Children's Festival is an interactive, educational event that allows children of all ages to travel the world in a single day. More than 25 Embassies host educational booths that highlight their countries' rich cultural heritage, expose participants to international customs, and provide an important global perspective.

Now in its sixth year, the Festival will also present traditional dance and music performances by local and international groups and an international children's parade featuring the traditional dress of the participating countries.









Passport DC Open House

May 5, 2012 at the Mexican Cultural Institute

 

This year Cultural Tourism DC's capstone event, Passport DC celebrates its fifth anniversary with an expanded offering of signature events, international street festivals, open houses, embassy events, special performances and more, all of which are free! For more information, please click here.

The Mexican Embassy is pleased to open the doors of our stunning Mexican Cultural Institute to celebrate and commemorate the 150 Anniversary of the Battle of Puebla and will welcome visitors to experience the art, culture, cuisine and much more of this splendid state.

* Don't miss the last day of our exhibit "A Thousand and One Faces of Mexico."

* Enjoy lively performances by the Trio Huasteco "Los Camotes de la Sierra" from Xochitlán de Vicente Suárez, Puebla and the Son Jarocho Group "Son Cosita Seria".

* Sample delicious bites from Puebla.