Cultural Affairs

Over the past decade, as the Canada-Mexico political relationship has broadened and the commercial relationship multiplied, so too have bilateral cultural relations expanded and diversified. Canadian artists and performers have become increasingly prominent on the Mexican cultural scene. At the same time, personal exchanges and collaborations between artists and cultural personalities are becoming ever more frequent.

Canadian cultural presentations in the last few years have ranged from performances of extraordinary quality such as the Cirque du Soleil, Cavalia and the La Pietà Chamber Orchestra, featuring Canadian violinist of international prestige Angèle Dubeau, to the engaging productions of the translated plays of Marc Michel Bouchard, Wajdi Mouawad and Michel Tremblay. The concerts of Diana Krall, Michael Bublé, Justin Bieber and Arcade Fire have enchanted the Mexican public, as well as the more intimate performances of pianists Roger Lord and Marika Bournaki, flautist Susan Hoeppner, the Dave Young Jazz Quartet, the Steve Koven Trio, and Vancouver- based Scrap Arts.

The Atwood-Roy Literary Chair, created in 2002 at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) in order to increase the knowledge and profile of Canadian literature in Mexico has recently featured internationally renowned figures such as Margaret Atwood, James Bartleman, Nino Ricci, Miriam Toews, and Merilyn Simonds, all of whom participated in the  international literary festivals of the cities of San Miguel de Allende and Tepoztlan.  Other authors such as Lorna Crozier, Paul Bélanger and Albert Moritz have also participated in recent years in other literary festivals throughout the Mexican Republic.

Canadian visual arts exhibits in Mexico have ranged from the grand exhibit of the Canadian Museum of Civilizations’ First Peoples of Canada at the Museo Nacional de las Culturas, to Vincenzo Pietropaolo’s photographic exhibit Harvest Pilgrims, to a restropective show of Claire Weissman Wilks’ paintings, complemented by her most recent creation of earthenware sculptures, and visual artist Toller Cranston’s exhibit at the Embassy of Canada. Recently, the works of plastic artists Marion Perlet, Ann Marie Slipper, Gary Slipper, Elaine Wilson and Ted Michener were presented in a show called Through Canadian Eyes in Tepoztlán, Morelos.

As far as film is concerned, Canada participated as country of honour at the Monterrey International Film Festival 2011. Also, Canadian films are frequently being shown in Mexican cinemas, like the critically acclaimed Incendies and Monsieur Lazhar.

Canadian and Mexican artists and performers are also getting to know each other. Since 1995, the Banff Centre for the Arts has partnered with Mexico’s National Fund for Culture and the Arts (FONCA) to invite Mexican artists from such disciplines as music, visual arts, writing, dance and translation to participate in workshops at the Centre, thereby offering a space for creative inspiration. Increased personal contact between Mexican and Canadian artists is providing the opportunity for artists from the two countries to undertake collaborative projects.

In short, Canadian culture is big in Mexico, and we invite to you to visit the cultural calendar of the Canadian Embassy in Mexico to see what's coming up in the next few months.

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Date Modified:
2012-08-14