Next weekend sees the start of the third annual Sucede Festival, a six-week blitzkrieg of 172 free cultural events presented by 48 groups and companies from both Mexico and abroad in 42 venues in the Guadalajara municipal area.
“El Viaje,” the grand opening presentation on Saturday, October 20, 8 p.m., in the Plaza Liberation, is inspired by the “fantasy” world of late Jalisco novelist Juan Jose Arreola. The stunning visual piece has been described as a “magical” journey through the mind of this acclaimed writer, whose birth centennial is being celebrated this year.
Sucede Festival events cover a wide swath of the arts: music, sculpture, science, cinema, literature, dance, theater, circus, clowning, puppetry and more.
The festival’s uniqueness lies in that it eschews major venues to reach out to plazas, parks, community centers, schools, markets, gardens and other small spaces in barrios located in many corners of the municipality. There will, however, be a range of events in the downtown area, including the Plaza Tapatia, Plaza Liberacion and the esplanade of the Instituto Cultural Cabañas.
Festival events highlighted by organizers include “Estado Vegetal,” a monologue scheduled at LARVA, a concert by Cuban-Mexican singer Leiden and a concert by Flor Amargo.
The festival closes December 1 with an event in the Agua Azul Park.
A full events schedule should be available soon at festivalguadalajara.mx/2018.