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Morelia, City of Festivals

Fifteen years ago, Morelia opened its doors to cinema. Alejandro González Iñárritu, Guillermo del Toro, Alfonso Cuarón, Quentin Tarantino, Salma HayekAudrey Tautou, among many others, have paraded through its streets covered in pink quarry thanks to the work that the Morelia International Film Festival (FICM ) carries out every year.

However, Morelia’s cultural offer is not limited to cinema, there are many artistic and cultural activities aiming to promote the Michoacan talent.

Here there are the festivals you can enjoy in this colorful city throughout the year:

FEBRUARY

Festival Cultural del Pelícano Borregón

This multidisciplinary festival offers dance, music and theater activities, and a gastronomic exhibition.

MARCH

Jazztival Michoacán

International jazz festival designed to spread among the Morelians the love for this musical genre.

Congreso Nacional de Danza Jazz

This congress seeks to contribute to the jazz dancing development through an exchange forum with artists from Mexico and abroad.

Festival Infantil del Folclor Nacional Michoacán

Between 600 and 800 dancer, and up to to 30 regional and national dancing groups participate in this festival.

Festival Internacional de Títeres de Morelia

This international puppet festival presents a selection of works for all audiences.

APRIL

Muestra Estatal de Danza Contemporánea

This forum promotes contemporary dance and contributes to the training of dancers, with the participation of local groups.

MAY

Festival Internacional de Gastronomía y Vino. Morelia en Boca

The festival’s commitment is with the first links of the gastronomy value chain.

Festival Internacional de Danza Contemporánea

International guests, national companies and local groups participate in this festival.

Festival de Poesía Palabra en el Mundo

A poetry conference throughout Morelia.

JUNE

Festival Internacional de Guitarra de Morelia

This international guitar festival is one of the most important in Mexico. Since its foundation, it has presented prestigious artists, and actions have been implemented to solve the local guitar community’s needs.

JULY

Festival Internacional de Trompeta Rafael Méndez

This festival encourages Morelia musical activity by promoting open spaces, such as the trumpet concerts scheduled on Nigromante street.

Muestra Estatal de Teatro

Every year, this theater exhibition convenes the local theater community, with the aim of creators and artists present their work in a context of professional and cultural exchange.

AUGUST

Festival Internacional de Danza Folklórica Prof. J. Roberto García Marín

This festival is held in support of teacher training and the professionalization of folk dance in Michoacán.

OCTOBER

Festival Internacional de Música y Nuevas Tecnologías: Visiones Sonoras

It began in 2005 with the aim of supporting current musical composition trends that integrate technology as a central element in the creative process.

Festival de los Pueblos Mágicos

The festival constitutes a multisensory presentation through dance, music, gastronomy, images, handicrafts and other unique elements of Cuitzeo, Jiquilpan, Mineral de Angangueo, Pátzcuaro, Santa Clara del Cobre, Tacámbaro and Tzintzuntzan.

Festival Internacional de Danza Contemporánea Red Serpiente

The Red Serpiente is an independent festival that invites different companies and soloists from Mexico and abroad to participate in a season of performances, master classes, workshops, conferences and videodance screenings.

Encuentro Cocineras Tradicionales

In this event, a contest of dishes made from corn and a battle of ancestral dishes and modern dishes between local chefs and traditional cooks are made.

NOVEMBER

Festival de Música de Morelia, Miguel Bernal Jiménez

Its main activities are recitals and concerts of symphonic, chamber, vocal and traditional folk music.

Festival Internacional de Órgano de Morelia Alfonso Vega Núñez

This international organ festival is the America’s oldest festival. This is of great relevance for Morelia, since its origins has been characterized by having a broad and important musical activity.