Celebrate Mexico Now--September 1-18, 2005

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Celebrate México Now 2005, a groundbreaking citywide festival, offers an introduction to the vanguard of contemporary Mexican architecture, cuisine, dance, film, music, theatre and visual art. Opening on September 1, 2005 with a free evening of Mexican music at the Lincoln Center Out of Doors Festival, and continuing through September 18, the festival consists of 12 events on different venues around New York city that provide a platform for Mexico’s new generation of creative artists. With a view toward accessibility, the 2005 festival includes several events with no or low admission fees.

Festival events range from a special 5-course tasting menu inspired by the cuisine of Veracruz at Pampano to a retrospective of Lourdes Grobet’s evocative Mexican wrestler photos at the Bruce Silverstein Gallery; from a free screening of short films by winners of the 2005 Morelia Film Festival at the School of Visual Arts to Should I stay or should I go!, a dance program at Teatro La Tea by emerging choreographer Geraldine Cardiel, a Mexican artist living in New York; and from the hilarious and schizophrenic improvisational theater of singer/actress Regina Orozco at the Bowery Poetry Club to “Celebrating Mexico Now” a dance party/art event/slice of young urban Mexican culture at the Frying Pan with electronic party music spun by DJs Maria Daniela and Silverio.

“Contemporary Mexico is overflowing with innovation in every arts discipline,” said Arturo Sarukhan, Consul General of Mexico in New York. “With cutting-edge artists from both Mexico and the United States, the Celebrate México Now 2005 festival promises to break stereotypes and widen understanding of Mexico’s on-going contributions to modern global arts and culture.”

Until recently, the pioneering achievements of contemporary Mexican artists have received little attention in the United States. “The festival’s 2004 debut, a project of the nonprofit Arts International, introduced an undiscovered side of Mexican culture,” said Claudia Norman, who was Project Director for the 2004 festival, and whose company CN Management is now producing the 2005 festival under the fiscal sponsorship of The Field. “Seeing the impact of the first festival on Mexicans and the Latino community in New York, as well as on the general arts-going public, inspired me to work to establish Celebrate México Now as an annual event in New York City. These extraordinary artists are intriguing, innovative, exciting and articulate – and they deserve to be heard.”

Tickets for festival events are available through the individual venues listed below. Public information about Festival performances, dates and venues is available at http://www.mexiconowfestival.org or by contacting info@cnmanagement.com

Celebrate México Now 2005 is sponsored by Latinvox, Razorhead Music, Bloomberg, Mexico Tourism Board, Modern Mexican Restaurants, Mexicana Airlines, and CONACULTA, with liquor sponsor Tequila Herradura and El Jimador Tequila, beer sponsor Corona, and media sponsors Time Warner Cable, Village Voice, and UnChin Magazine.

Celebrate México Now 2005 is produced by CN Management, an arts consulting group, and made possible in part through the sponsorship of The Field.

For high resolution photographs or to schedule interviews with Executive Director Claudia Norman and artists, please contact Diana Vargas at Press@dianavargas.com 718 478 - 1015 | 917 658 - 7735

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