Tribe Called Red leads Canadian contingent to Cervantino 2019 in Mexico

Tim 2oolman Hill, and Ehren Bear Witness Thomas are A Tribe Called Red. Photo: Timothy Nguyen.

A Tribe Called Red will kick off Canada’s representation at Cervantino, one of the continent’s largest cultural festivals. 

Canada is one of two Guests of Honour at the 47th festival which is held in the Central Mexican city of Guanajuato. The festival will take place this fall from Oct. 9 to Oct. 27. 

The Canadian contingent will feature 17 stage shows presented by Canadian artists, nine youth and Indigenous themed films and three weeks of visual, literary and performing arts programming at festival’s Canada House.

The theme of Cervantino 2019 is a fitting one for these times. It is focused on the idea of migration and comes as thousands of Central Americans are leaving their homes, heading to the U.S. and beyond.

The Canadian shows will present shows connected to the theme of migrations, organizers said in a media release.

In the 2018 festival, some 34 nations were represented. 

Canada has been a guest of honour before in 2002. Quebec was so honoured in 2009.

The Canada Council is the lead agency representing this country at the festival.

Council CEO Simon Brault told a media conference that  “In Canada, we’re deeply inspired by immigration — Canada was formed through immigration. We truly understand what it means to migrate from one place to another, and as far as culture is concerned, we clearly perceive movements and fusions between different styles.” 

The Canadian artists attending Cervantino include:

A Tribe Called Red with Lido Pimienta

Théâtre Motus

Kaia Kater

Shawn Jobin

The Fretless

Quatuor Bozzini

Going Home Star by the Royal Winnipeg Ballet

When It Rains 2b Theatre of Halifax

Snotty Nose Rez Kids

Elisapie Isaac

Nomadic Massive

Minowin by Dancers of Damelahamid

Dis-Connect by ILL-Abilities™ Crew

Who we are in the dark by Peggy Baker Dance Projects

Mr. Shi and His Lover Macau Experimental Theatre

Kiinalik: These Sharp Tools Buddies in Bad Times Theatre and Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory

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Peter Robb began his connection with the arts community in Ottawa in the mid-1980s when he was the administrator and public relations director of the Great Canadian Theatre Company. After a long career in journalism with the Ottawa Citizen where he served in a number of different posts he returned to the arts when he became the Citizen's arts editor.