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Sunday December 17 2017
The Tajin Summit Festival
Cumbre Tajin

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More than 400,000 visitors attended the Festival March 17-21, 2011

Ongoing identity regeneration mission through projects such as the Center for Indigenous Arts

The Tajin Summit Festival features culture as grounds for dialogue, held on March 17-21 at the Takilhsukut Park in Papantla, Veracruz, Mexico, consolidated its position on the list of the one hundred major cultural events worldwide and one of the top five cultural events in Mexico, by featuring over 5,000 different activities with 4,500 local, national and international artists and performers, such as diverse as Calle 13 and Canto Cardenche, and welcoming 300,000 visitors.

Activities on three out of five days were completely sold out, as the Festival hosted the First Encounter of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity of Mexico, and served as the venue for landmark events, such as the inauguration of the National Polytechnic Institute in the region.

The Festival introduced fundamental daily dialogues among multiple cultural spokespersons, and set the stage for momentous encounters, such as singer-songwriter Miguel Bosé’s meeting with Juan Simbón, leader and guide of the Supreme Totonaca Council, thus confirming that culture is the ultimate social investment.

It’s amazing Vive Tajín or ‘experience Tajín’ event ―an evening tour to the archaeological El Tajin site that showcases the perfect example of respect for heritage and information― has put the Totonaca culture that hosts the Festival, on the map across the globe.

The twelfth edition of this Identity Festival exceeded all expectations and solidified the Takilhsukut Park as a sanctuary for indigenous identity and heritage, as five national groups registered on the UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, came together for the first time in Mexican history, to jointly experience vital Totonaca manifestations at the heart of Totonacapan where the indigenous groups interacted without mediators, with each other and visitors and artists from more than 60 nations.

The work performed by the Center for Indigenous Arts, a pedagogical system based on the Totonaca worldview, which is in the process of being submitted for inclusion on the UNESCO list of Best Practices on Indigenous Knowledge, showcased the experiences developed over the course of the year across the entire Totonaca Village and encouraged permanent interactions among teachers, students and visitors alike.

On 2011, The Tajin Summit set the foundation for cultural, institutional, productive and analytical collaborations, while its international exhibition featured a partnership between the Center for Indigenous Arts and the National Museum of the American Indian (Smithsonian Institution).

Guatemalan President Alvaro Colom deserves a special mention for strengthening ties between the Mexican state of Veracruz and that Central American nation, while also expressing his appreciation for the Tajín Summit’s cultural dimension.

As every year, 30 percent of all proceeds will go to the region’s educational and cultural development through the Indigenous Arts Center (IAC) and the university scholarship system, which will grow from 400 to 600 scholarships offered to young Totonacapan students, thanks to the 2011 results.

Hence, the Tajin Summit consolidated its leadership by safeguarding, regenerating, broadcasting and promoting cultural tourism, as seen during the amazing and impeccable Vive Tajín night tour of the sacred city declared a World Heritage Site in 1992.

These ongoing activities and the vast cultural offerings featured during the Festival, confirm the Tajin Summit as an all-inclusive organic model based on permanent consultations with the Totonaca authorities to consolidate cultural, social, and educational and heritage protection projects ― a unique project unlike any other in the world.

*All images are courtesy of Cumbre Tajin


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