International Cervantino Festival
A fine arts festival in Mexico
The International Cervantino Festival was started in 1972 when a group of students from the University of Guanajuato started presented entremeses (farses â€" fun, silly skits) of Cervantes in the city's plaza. These plays suddenly gained momentum, and caught the eye of the city council. This sparked interest in the students work and also about the arts. It just so happened that at the time, Guanajuato was on its upward rise to becoming the next big hit city in Mexico. It was the perfect time for them to have presented the idea of an International Cervantino Festival . The festival now starts in October and showcases Mexican art, dance, acts, song, and other art forms for the world to see. Such a small idea has turned into international success. The International Cervantino Festival is now sponsored by the Mexican government to further keep education in the arts alive.
They have had such acts in the past as El Tri (a very famous Mexican band- think Aerosmith) Radiohead, and the Folkloric Ballet of Mexico. The International Cervantino Festival event is one of the largest in Mexico, and tickets and hotel rooms are booked months in advance, so if you want to go, the earlier you reserve, the better! The younger crowd started to get a little rowdy at some of the events in years past, so they have put a ban on public intoxication. It is a very fun and safe environment for people of all ages, and families are more than welcome!