Chinese Week kicks off in Merida Friday Jan. 18

Within the framework of Mérida Fest, from January 18 to 21, the fifth edition of the Festival of Chinese Week will feature the Dance of the Lion and the Dragon, with the presence of the Palace’s artists stands and the Chengdu Youth. For the first time, a forum will be included to analyze the Mexico-China commercial relationship and the possibilities of commercial development.

At a press conference held at the Olimpo Cultural Center, which was attended by the president of the  Peninsula of Yucatan Chinese Association, Bai Yi, Irving Berlin Villafaña, the director of Culture of the City of Mérida, gave details of the program that will be inaugurated this Friday Jan. 18 at noon.  He stressed that in the Yucatan capital multiculturalism is lived in such a way, that expressions such as “huaches,” with which people who came from the center of the Republic were pointed out, are a thing of the past.

He estimated that more than two thousand citizens of Chinese origin live in Mérida, and that the cultural week of that country in Merida has produced very good results in terms of the presence of Yucatecan artists.

The Mérida Fest has a multicultural spirit, we are interested in showing the cultural diversity that exists in the city, which is historical because it has the Mayan culture, the Spanish culture and the mestiza, to which the Lebanese, Chinese and Korean migrations are added, explained the municipal official, who recalled that the cultural relationship with the cities of Nanchang and Chengdu is very close. Performers from these cities will participate at various forums in the city with dance shows such as the tea pickers and the Qi Pao fashion show (of traditional Chinese clothing).

In addition, there will be an exhibition of martial arts with swords, Shaolin Kung Fu and Shao Huo Gun staff management for martial arts, by members of the Chinese community in Mexico, who will be at the Anahuac Mayab University on Saturday at 12:30 and at 17:30 at Olimpo and Plaza Grande; Sunday again at three times on Olimpo and Monday at the Central Building of the Uady at ten in the morning.

There will be a daily meeting from Friday to Monday at Olimpo to show Chinese calligraphy, the art of origami, traditional Chinese music and some rituals, while the artists of the Chengdu Youth Palace will perform on Friday and Saturday at eight o’clock and midnight in the Parque de la Paz, and on Sunday and Monday at the same time in the Park of the Colonia Alemán.

Text: Manuel Pool

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