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Cultural Programs for the Off Season

Real Acapulco News - 13 October, 2010

The fourth quarter is the low season in Acapulco, and the city’s Tourism Secretary, Jessica Garcia Rojas, has announced plans to counteract the trend by offering special cultural and social activities.

Of special focus are tours related to Acapulco’s artistic and historical attractions. This month the “Danzón” will start again, where interested people can gather on Saturday and Sunday evenings in the Zócalo to dance in this traditional way. Classes on Cuban rhythms are also planned.

As part of the bicentennial celebration, Acapulco has also planned a series of exhibits of art and photography, including “Avitars of Villa,” a collection of Ambassador Edmund Font Lopez, and “The Roar of the Jaguar People,” an art exhibition by painter Marian Sempere in the Casona de Juaréz.

"We think that tourists will like finding informal musical groups playing in the Zócalo. This is a very agreeable tradition in our port city. Singing groups will also be giving recitals during the long All Saints Day weekend,” the Tourism Secretary added.

To combat the negative press in the United States, in which Acapulco has been associated with criminal violence, she also announced a “familiarization tour” for several tourism professionals and travel agents from the City of Los Angeles, showing them both the Diamond Zone and the traditional part of town.

“We are also promoting our commemoration of the Centennial of the Mexican Revolution, which will take place on the Costera with a large parade on November 20 at 10:00 am.” García Rojas added that the municipal government will continue its program of free entertainment for tourists and locals during November and December, including events on the beach, nocturnal parties, sporting events, contests, concerts and live shows. "And, of course, we will continue the tradition of the Festival of “La Nao” from November 1 to 6. We focus on promoting performances by artists who come from the Philippines, China, Thailand, India, North and South Korea, Indonesia, Spain, Turkey, Peru, Japan and Cyprus.”

The Secretary’s aim is to return to the days when Acapulco’s tourism was not concentrated in one high season or a few long weekends, but rather continued consistently firm throughout the whole year.

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