First Cultural Caminos Festival
From March 19 to 29, 2019
The First Festival Cultural Caminos is conceived as a space for cultural exchange, with a PROGRAM OF ACTIVITIES designed to enrich the experience of those wishing to hike along 117 kilometers from Ameca to Talpa de Allende. The cultural meeting includes three outstanding chapters: The Festival of Carriages, the second edition of the Jornadas Iberomexicanas de Poesía Caudales, the Dialogues of the Pilgrim’s Route and Atenguillo’s Cultural Week.
The Sanctuary of the Virgin of Talpa, founded in 1782, is the destination of several pilgrimages throughout the year, from January 25 to February 2 for the Candelaria´s Day, the pilgrimage of Tecomán that takes place on the first Sunday of March , the Pilgrimage in honor of Mr. San José that goes from March 11 to 19 and that reaches up to 3 million people throughout this month and the Anniversary Pilgrimage of the Coronation of the Virgin of Talpa that takes place from 4 to May 12.
Therefore, the festival is inserted in period of the year, important for the municipalities of the region, with the purpose of enriching the experience of the pilgrims who travel along the aforementioned route and to promote local talent. In addition to the phenomenon that occurs around the various manifestations of religious faith, visitors can enjoy the traditions and artisan products of the municipalities of Ameca, Mixtlán, Atenguillo, Guachinango, Mascota and Talpa de Allende, its history and wealth cultural.
To show, just highlight the architectural intervention that has been known as Pilgrim’s Route that was presented in 2012 at the XIII Venice Architecture Biennale, an initiative of Tatiana Bilbao who allied with other architectural firms and managed to resignify this path with the realization of monuments and buildings that serve as a guide and shelter for pilgrims and among which are: The monument to gratitude and the Viewpoint of the Hill of the Bishop of Christ & Gantenbein, Stone hermitage of the Fake Design office of Ai Wei Wei , Las majadas, by Tatiana Bilbao, the hostels of La Estanzuela and Atenguillo by Luis Aldrete, the Los Guayabos viewpoint, HHF Arquitects, the Espinazo del Diablo viewpoint by Alejandro Aravena and Diego Torres and the Ermita San Rafael by Derek Dellekamp and Rozana Montiel .
The festival has been erected with the efforts of the municipalities of Ameca and Atenguillo, as well as mascot raicilleros, chroniclers, cultural promoters, manufacturers of old carriages, writers and artists from the afore mentioned towns as well as Talpa de Allende, Guachinango, Mixtlán and Guadalajara, interested in carrying out collaborative projects that help promote the region’s talent, that help the ecological conservation of the region and the conservation of its tangible and intangible cultural heritage.
The program includes, concerts, outdoor film screenings, a craft corridor and exhibition of old carriages. The dressmaker Jesus Valencia presents some of his most recent creations of typical costumes representing Jamay, this year’s honored guest municipality. The second edition of the Jornadas Iberomexicanas de Poesía Caudales is held with the participation of Mexican and Spanish poets, which include activities to promote reading, book presentations, magazines, a tribute to Amado Nervo in his Centennial and poetry recitals. There is also a Dialogue of the Pilgrim’s Route, in which experts will give lectures related to architecture, bullfighting, regional history and talks on specific trades such as rootlet manufacturers.
Within this framework, there will be two calls for The second photography contest of the Pilgrim’s Route and another one directed to plastic artists to intervene an old carriage. All activities are free.
This first meeting is possible thanks to the Ruta del Peregrino touristic operator, the Consejo Mexicano Promotor de la Raicilla, Carruajes Montecristo, the municipalities of Ameca and Atenguillo, the Jalisco Secretary of Education (SEJ) through the System of Bands, Orchestras and Academic Choirs ( BOCA), the Archdiocese of Guadalajara, the Secretaría de Educación Jalisco (SEJ) a través del Sistema de Bandas, Orquestas y Coros Académicos (BOCA), la Arquidiócesis de Guadalajara, el Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia (INAH) a través del Museo Regional de Guadalajara (MRG), the Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes (INBA) trought the Centro de Educación José Clemente Orozco (CEDART) and the Ministerio de Educación Cultura y Deporte de España, and the Academia de las Buenas Letras de Granada.
Design: Claudia Andalón