Cultural Festival to Feature Art, Dance and Music

October 6, 2016

The first annual Festival Unidos por el Arte (Uniting for Art) starts this evening and will continue through Sunday, August 9 in Nogales, Sonora.

The festival will feature music, dance, theatre, painting, sculpture and cinematography at two locations, the Nogales Museo de Arte and on Avenida Obregon. Both venues are a short walk from the downtown DeConcini pedestrian border crossing.

The opening of the fine arts exhibition will be at 7:00 p.m. this evening at the Museo de Arte, and will feature music performed by Venezuelan singer Neiffe Peña. The art will be on display throughout the weekend.

Friday events begin at 11:00 a.m., with a presentation of Venezuelan film and a literature presentation. The streets of Avenida Obregon will be filled with music starting at 6:00 p.m. Grupo Estudiantina from Alamos, Sonora will take the stage at 7:00 p.m. and the official event inauguration will be at 8:15 p.m.

Traditional dance from 8:30 until 10:00 p.m. will include indigenous Mayo dancers from Alamos, Sonora followed by dance groups from the United States and Cuba.

And from 10:00 p.m. to midnight musical groups from Venezuela, Cuba and Mexico will entertain the crowds on Avenida Obregon.

Saturday’s events will begin on Avenida Obregon at 6:00 p.m. with Nogales music and literature, followed by contemporary dance performers from Puerto Peñasco and the Puerto Peñasco Municipal Philharmonic Orchestra. At 8:30 a dance group from Hermosillo will perform traditional Mestiza dances, followed by dancers from the Mazatlan, Sinaloa School of Professional Contemporary Dance.

Nogales, Sonora’s own Tequila Boulevard will play from 10:00 p.m. to 11 p.m., and the evening will conclude with a concert from the Cuban salsa group Son 14 de Tiburon Morales.

The music begins again at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday with musical performances by Nogales Estudiantina and mariachis, and the festival concludes with a 1:30 p.m. performance of traditional folkloric dance.