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Mexican Cultural Week in Bucharest and Brasov during October 22 – 29

The Mexican Cultural Week, focused on the presentation of the Oaxaca region in Romania, will take place during October 22 – 29 in Bucharest and Brasov.
The venues of the event will be the “Dimitrie Gusti” National Village Museum, the National Museum of the Romanian Peasant, the “Romanian Youth” National Art Centre” in Bucharest as well as the “Reduta” Cultural Centre in Brasov. The access is free.
The representative traditions of the state Oaxaca are everyday example of multiethnic diversity embodied by millenary cultures that ruled the great Pre-Columbian cities such as Monte Alban and  Mitla. The artistic expressions of these populations were materialized in universes dominated by colours, textures, sounds and flavours that may be completely shared with anyone, the press release shows. Thus, this week, dedicated to the presentation of the state of Oaxaca, will bring to Bucharest Guelaguetza, a famous tradition by Zapotecs (a population located in Southern Oaxaca, editor’s note), translated as “offering, gift, tribute”. The Romanian audience may also enjoy traditional dances of indigenous communities of the eight regions of the state of Oaxaca, but also some from other parts of Mexico, performed by the folklore emsemble Yuhua from Ocotlán de Morelos.
A major component of cultural life in the state Oaxaca, traditional art will be represented by the collective exhibition of etchings entitled “No estaban muertos, andaban de parranda” (“They Were Not Dead, They Were Going To a Party”), reuniting the works of fifteen Mexican artists. The title is a reference to the celebration of the Day of the Dead a religious holiday in Mexico, on November 2. In order to celebrate this holiday in Romania as well, the Government of the state Oaxaca will install a shrine of the dead, dedicated to the memory of family members who have died, including Gheorghe Focsa, director of the National Village Museum, between 1948 and 1979.
A concert by traditional music, performed by Oaxaca-based singer Yaneth Venegas will close the series of actions organized by Ambassador of Mexico, Agustín Gutiérrez Canet.
This action of cultural promotion was initiated by the Embassy of Mexico in partnership with the Romanian Government, represented by the Ministry of Culture, by the “Dimitrie Gusti” National Village Museum and by the National Museum of the Romanian Peasant.

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