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  • Chopin’s music – played in the classical, jazz and rock styles – kicked off the biggest cultural event in Latin America: the 40th Festival Internacional Cervantino held in the Mexican city of Guanajuato. On Wednesday, 3 October, an official Polish delegation headed by MFA Undersecretary of State Beata Stelmach participated in the inauguration of the festival.

    Together with Austria and Switzerland, Poland is the honorary guest country of the jubilee 40th edition of Cervantino, presenting the biggest ever panorama of Polish culture in Latin America.

     

    The festival’s opening ceremony was attended by the Governor of Guanajuato state, Miguel Márquez Márquez, the Governor of Sinaloa – the Mexican honorary guest state – Mario López Valdez, as well as Consuelo Sáizar, the President of the National Council for Culture (Mexico’s equivalent of the Ministry of Culture), Martin Eichtinger, Director General for International Cultural Policy at Austria’s Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs, the Ambassadors of Poland, Austria and Switzerland, and representatives of local authorities, including the mayor of the city of Guanajuato, Edgar Castro Cerrillo. The event was covered by all major media outlets in Mexico and the Latin America region.

     

    The inaugural Rock Jazz Chopin concert, prepared by the Polish Stołeczna Estrada cultural institution, consisted of appearances by such artists as Leszek Możdżer, Karol Radziwonowicz, and Anna Serafińska. The show, which took place in the Alhongiga auditorium, was enthusiastically received by an audience of over 5,000 people. The inauguration ended with a truly spectacular firework display.

    Ceremony in the run-up to the inauguration of the Festival Internacional Cervantino, attended by guests of honour and the Governor of Guanajuato state
    Inauguration of the Festival Internacional Cervantino
    Inauguration of the Festival Internacional Cervantino
    Visit to the Sinaloa state pavilion
    Rock Jazz Chopin inaugural concert performed by Polish artists
    Rock Jazz Chopin inaugural concert performed by Polish artists
    Rock Jazz Chopin inaugural concert performed by Polish artists
    Poland is guest of honour at Cervantino – Mexico’s biggest festival
    Poland is guest of honour at Cervantino – Mexico’s biggest festival
    Poland is guest of honour at Cervantino – Mexico’s biggest festival