This Saturday, Kennett Square would have been host to one of the premiere celebrations of Latinx culture in region – Casa Guanajuato’s annual Cinco de Mayo Festival. This popular and vibrant street fair draws crowds surpassed by only the Mushroom Festival. Due to social distancing guidelines the 2020 Cinco de Mayo Festival has been cancelled.
If you have never been the Kennett Square Festival, watch video from the 2018 celebration:
For a taste of the diverse cultural heritage of Mexico, the organizers of the festival recommended watching the Xcaret Mexico Espectacular along with the resources listed below. Many thanks to Casa Guanajuato for putting together this great list.
Happy Cinco de Mayo!
Xcaret Group will broadcast for the first time in 25 years, Xcaret México Espectacular, the iconic Xcaret park night show that has positioned itself as a benchmark in Mexico and the world as a must-see for visitors to Cancun and the Riviera Maya. https://www.xcaret.com/en/attractions/xcaret-mexico-espectacular/
You can visit Mexico City in this virtual tour:
Festival Internacional Cervantino
For nineteen days, Guanajuato will receive the main artists of the most varied disciplines of art, music, opera, theater, dance, plastic arts, literature and audiovisual media. The International Cervantino Festival is the most important artistic and cultural activity in Mexico.
The Top Mexican Museums to Tour Virtually during the COVID19:
Museum of the Palace of Fine Arts
It was inaugurated in 1934 with the name of the Museum of Plastic Arts, it is considered the first museum in Mexico
Currently, the Museum of the Palace of Fine Arts permanently exhibits 17 mural works by Diego Rivera, Manuel Rodríguez Lozano, Roberto Montenegro, David Alfaro Siqueiros, Rufino Tamayo and Jorge González Camarena dating from 1928 to 1963; It also has a large program of temporary exhibitions and various activities for all audiences
Museum of Modern Art
It was founded in 1964 on the initiative of President Adolfo López Mateos with the aim of preserving and disseminating Mexican art from the 1930s. The Museum has 4 rooms and three galleries, and among its collection are pieces by artists such as Frida. Kahlo, David Alfaro Siqueiros, Emir Jair, Roberto Montenegro, José Clemente Orozco, Louis Henri Jean Charlot, Juan Soriano, Juan O’Gorman, Diego Rivera, among others.
Mayan People’s Museum
Located in the middle of the jungle, this museum was built with the goal of showing the development of the Mayan culture from pre-Hispanic times to the present.
The building, designed by the architect Fernando González Gortázar, was conceived as a disjointed set among the jungle that has respect for nature as the axis of its design. It is conformed by four rooms: Pergola of the monoliths, Mayan Archeology, History, and Solar Mayan.
The museum exhibits monolithic prehispanic sculptures of Yucatan, Campeche and Quintana Roo, as well as ceramic and architectural elements that give an account of the history and worldview of this town.
Museum of North Cultures
In 1996, this enclosure, designed by the architect Mario Shetjnan, opened its doors to show its collection, which houses one of the most beautiful archaeological collections of Ancient Mexico. This collection was recovered from the excavations of Paquimé and other archaeological sites of the region known as the Great Chichimeca (North of Mexico and Southwest of the United States).
The museum, located in Chihuahua, was declared a Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO in 1998 because it preserves unique pieces of its kind.
Templo Mayor Museum
It was inaugurated in 1987 to expose the vestiges of the Mexica culture from pre-Hispanic to colonial times. The museum houses more than 14,000 objects found in excavations carried out between 1978 and 1982 on the site where the main temple of the Mexica people was located.
The museum has 8 rooms that exhibit objects from more than 110 offerings discovered in the temple; two of the rooms are dedicated specifically to Tlaloc and Huitzilopochtli, deities to which the Templo Mayor was dedicated.
National Museum of Anthropology of Mexico
The National Museum of Anthropology in Mexico is one of the most important anthropological museums in the Americas. It has a very important cultural work, since it houses archaeological pieces from all the peoples of Mesoamerica.
The objects that form the collection are a testimony of the ethnic diversity of the country. The museum’s art and archaeological remains highlight various aspects of Mexico’s indigenous cultures.
It is the type of museum that seeks to recover part of the history and culture of a country. The indigenous peoples are the protagonists of the collection, which aims to restore importance to the cultures that existed before the European invasion.
Frida Kahlo Museum
This museum is popularly known as the Blue House, and is dedicated to Mexican artist Frida Kahlo. The building in which this museum has been established is the house in which the artist lived for most of her life, and has been preserved as it was then.
Of course, the most striking pieces in the collection are the paintings painted by Kahlo herself. But this is by no means the only thing you will see in the Blue House. The artist had her own art collection, and this is part of the museum’s permanent exhibition. And there are also objects on display that Kahlo used in her day-to-day life.
The museum has a photography exhibition (another of the artist’s hobbies), samples of clothing and orthopedic appliances that Kahlo herself used,… There is also a set of pre-Hispanic sculptures that the Mexican painter collected throughout her life due to her interest in the culture of her country.