The Winchester Street Theatre in Toronto was the venue for the folk dance presentation presented by the Mexicans' Folk Ballet dance company on July 22, organized with the support of the Consulate General and the Mexico Tourism Board (MTB).
The show forms part of a broader range of daily activities of cultural and artistic promotion coordinated by the Casa Cultural Mexicana cultural centre in Toronto. On this occasion, the dance company made up of 40 dancers presented a diverse repertoire of regional and traditional dances from the Mexican states of Chiapas, Jalisco, Sinaloa and Veracruz.
In his introduction to the performance, Consul General Porfirio Thierry Muñoz Ledo pointed out that Mexican civilization has a thousand-year history that has produced one of the world's largest and most diverse cultural heritages. He also noted the very special place in this heritage held by the “Pueblos Mágicos” (“magical villages”), local communities that form part of Mexico's collective imagination and offer fresh and different options for visitors to the country.
With the support of the Mexico Tourism Board, a video was presented on these “Pueblos Mágicos”, outlining the Mexican government's program of this same name, which invites tourists to visit Mexican towns with symbolic qualities, legends, histories, everyday customs and cultural traditions all of their own.
The Consulate General recognized the tireless promotional work of the Casa Cultural Mexicana, an institution directed by Jorge Zarate and Guadalupe Velasco, two Mexicans committed to maintaining Mexican identity beyond its borders and promoting its traditions among Mexican communities outside the country.