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Cultural & Artistic Activities

Inauguration of the 11th Festival of Life and Death Traditions

Date: October 30th | Schedule: 18:30 h | Place: Esplanade | Duration: 60 min

17:00 h and 19:00 h
Tamaxchi
Regional Group Theater “Tumben K'in”

Play that deals with the predictions of Mayan death that afflicts a Yucatecan family. When he messes up a ritual on his land, Martin, head of the house, gets a "bad wind" on the mountain and dies.

Schedule: 1st function: 17:00 h | 2nd function: 19:00 h
Place: Guadalupe Chapel
Comedy-Drama Theater

Duration: 45 min
Raúl Niño

On-stage comedy that narrates Salma Salome’s experiences, who finds out about the passing of a loved one on the border. Salma is concerned because the soul of Cauich (her loved one) haunts her every day, So with the help of a friend and sorcerer she will try to bring peace to Cauh’s pixán (soul).

Schedule: 1st function: 17:00 h | 2nd function: 20:50 h
Place: La Isla
Regional Theater from Yucatán

Duration: 60 min
La Bambalina

The theatrical group La Bambalina brings us an on-stage street sketch that uses popular theater with themes and traditions of Mexico.

Schedule: 17:00 h* | 18:00 h** | 19:00 h*** | 20:00 h****
Place: *Rosa de los Vientos | **Voladores de Papantla | ***Cemetery Entrance | ****Snack l Open Theater
Puppet Theater

Duration: 40 min
Marcela Romero and Brisa

Theatrical on-stage game in which narrator/actresses represent two visions about femininity in two regions of the country, giving a clear view of the differences in culture and traditions of Mexico. On one side, submissive women of New Spain played by the crowned nun, and on the other side the rebellious and assertive Mayan women, like Xtabay.

Schedule: 1st function: 17:00 h | 2nd function: 20:00 h
Place: 1st function: Main Plaza | 2nd function: Guadalupe Chapel
Theater

Duration: 45 min
Apolonio Mondragón

Aranza, just at 11 years old, dies. Her parents, heartbroken, ask for help to the crowned nun, who reads ancient books and find the way to communicate with Aranza through a Ceiba.

Schedule: 17:00 to 21:00 (every hour)
Place: Aqueduct Theater
Narrative Theater

Duration: 30 min
Maak Mayaab

Mrs. Gilyolla has passed away, a widow since her wedding day who had never remarried. At the family mausoleum, her husband awaits her (he is 25 years old and she is 65), wanting to consummate the marriage. Other family members are present which adds to the intrigue of the story, because not everybody lived in the same time period, and of course most of them have never met.

Schedule: 1st function: 17:10 h | 2nd function: 20:30 h
Place: 1st function: Salón Hacienda | 2nd function: Main Plaza
Theater

Duration: 30 min
Xcaret y 20 Varos

Death, on one of his visits every November 2nd, sees a horseman and is charmed by his appearance, bravery and smile. Death, very flirtatious, offers him eternal life, but not succeeding, flies into a rage and condemns the man to be a horse in life and in death.

Schedule: 1st function: 17:30 h | 2nd function: 21:30 h
Place: Picadero
Multidisciplinary Theater

Duration: 30 min
Puerta Skene

Xkeban’s tale is based on a Mayan myth about two sisters, Xkeban, and the other one named Utz Colel. Using rod puppets and pieces of clothing, Puerta Skene creates the perfect atmosphere to tell us this story through acting, pictures, dance and body language.

Schedule: 1st function: 18:30 h | 2nd function: 20:15 h
Place: Picadero
Theater

Duration: 55 min
Bodo bodo productions and Artús Chávez

Clown show with live music, where three peculiar characters, a femme fatale, a musician and a mysterious master of ceremonies, work at a cabaret located right in the middle of the path between life and death. In this place they welcome the recently deceased and teach them about what eternity has prepared for them. Deadly Cabaret spoofs the different beliefs about what happens when we die, a show created by artists from France, Denmark, Spain and Mexico.

Schedule: 1st function: 18:50 h | 2nd function: 21:20 h
Place: Salón Hacienda

Clown show with live music for adults

Duration: 60 min
With Ignacio López Tarso, accompanied by the García

Accompanied by a Mexican “trío” lead by a woman’s voice, López Tarso narrates the life of three characters until their death; a show that celebrates life and death, told like only he knows, and complemented with the most representative “corridos” of Mexico.

Schedule: 1st function: 19:20 h | 2nd function: 21:30 h
Place: Open Theater
Multidisciplinary Theater

Duration: 60 min
Jotsuu'k Tihosuco Group

Long ago, back when there was no electricity in Mayan villages, many inexplicable things happened, including apparitions. They say that once a disbelieving drover remained overnight in an abandoned village, and great was his surprise when he saw dancing skulls, skeletons, peasants and Mayan women that had long been dead.

Schedule: 19:30 h
Place: Plaza Principal
Community Theater

Duration: 40 min
Emmanuel Márquez

The Highest, angry at Faust for his desire to know all the secrets of creation, bets with Mephistopheles to provoke Faust to fall into temptation and sin. Mephistopheles, narrator and manipulative character, plays a game where deceit does not hide from the attention of the audience, who also gets manipulated by this seduction.

Schedule: 1st function: 19:40 h | 2nd function: 21:20 h
Place: 1st function: La Isla | 2nd function: Guadalupe Chapel
Monologue

Duration: 50 min

More than just a show, The Game of Life and Death is a ritual where we can live again all the traditions of the Mayans.

Schedule: 22:15 h
Place: Ballgame Court
Pre-Hispanic Expressions

Duration: 30 min
15:00 h, 17:00 h, 18:00 h and 19:00 h
Dance of the Little Quetzals
Children’s group Los Quetzalines of Tlatlauquitepec, Puebla

The Dance of the Little Quetzals is a millennial tradition which is performed in the Sierra Norte of Puebla. The name comes from the quetzal bird, and the wardrobe mimics the beauty of the bird’s plumage.

Schedule: 15:00 h* | 17:00 h* | 19:00 h* | 18:00 h**
Place: *Voladores de Papantla | **Guadalupe Chapel
Traditional Ritual Dance

Duration: 20 min
Cuetzalan, Puebla

Below us is the Talokan, the physical manifestation of the Earth, the place where the tree of life lies, represented during this ritual of the flying pole. From there we make offerings to the tree of life so that water is never scarce in the communities. Stomping out the different melodies simulates the steps of Aueuejcho, guardian of water, who is heard stomping before the rains. Offerings are also made to the four cardinal points, where the sun rises, where the sun sets, to the north, where the head is and to the south, from whence the winds of rain come.

Schedule: 15:20 h | 17:20 h | 19:20 h
Place: Voladores de Papantla
Ritual Dance

Duration: 20 min
Xipetotek Group

An on-stage play put on by the Xipetotec group, in which the life of Zarpazo de Fuego (Fire Blower), also known as Garra de Jaguar (Jaguar Paw), comes to the scene. The spectator will travel through mystical scenery to offer the gods the tribute of ritual dance.

Schedule: 16:30 h | 21:30 h
Place: Mayan Village
Dance

Duration: 30 min
Ballet of Atlixco, Puebla

Banquet dances are rooted in European dancing squads. “Las chinas atlixquenses” came to these fandangos wearing silk shoes. The “charros” were always by their side handing reeds with mezcal to all the people. The china atlixquense is the woman who lives in the Central Valleys, specifically the Atlixco region, and who sell agricultural products in markets.

Schedule: 17:00 h
Place: Esplanade
Folkloric Ballet

Duration: 30 min
Ballet Nuestras Raíces of Puebla

The Tecuanes dance is staged in the states of Guerrero and Puebla; it represents the work of the farmer sowing and harvesting, and his fight against the tiger.

Schedule: 1st function: 17:10 h | 2nd function: 20:20 h
Place: 1st function at Open Theater | 2nd function at Ballgame Court
Folkloric Ballet

Duration: 30 min
Tlalixtlipa and "Las mujeres alegres" of Zacatlán

The Dance of the Negritos integrates various types and tells of the death of a captain at the hands of the Maringuilla, a woman carrying a snake that serves as her killing instrument. San Miguel Tenango is one of the towns that preserves its cultural richness, manifested through traditional clothing made on waist and pedal looms, handmade clay utensils and traditional dances.

Schedule:17:45 h
Place:Esplanade
Traditional and Festive Dance

Duration: 25 min
Folkloric Group Tlatecatzin of Huauchinango, Puebla

Accompanied by dances, chanting and traditional food, the Xantolo celebration or Day of the Dead is characterized by the devotion, care and unity in which the inhabitants of the little communities await the arrival of those who are no longer with them.

Schedule: 18:00 h
Place: Salón Hacienda
Folkloric Ballet

Duration: 30 min
Yoloxochitl Ballet of Huaquechula, Puebla

The May 3rd dances are a unique celebration and the liveliest party of the year, with 34 Christian stewardships, a pilgrimage with more than 40 crosses, dances, flowers and food to enjoy.

Schedule: 1st function: 18:00 h | 2nd function: 20:30 h
Place: 1st function at Ballgame Court | 2nd function at Open Theater
Folkloric Ballet

Duration: 30 min
Ballet Chan Santa Cruz Báalam Nah of Felipe Carrillo Puerto

Our country has heritage dances that have been passed down from generation to generation, that are aimed to pay homage and tribute to deities of different kinds. Many of these deities are of Catholic influence, but without losing the essence of our indigenous peoples. The dances are held throughout the year and celebrate more life than death.

Schedule: 1st function:18:15 h | 2nd function: 20:30 h
Place: 1st function at Main Plaza | 2nd function at Mayan Village
Folkloric Ballet

Duration: 45 min
Ballet Tumben Huhub Chunhuhub of Felipe Carrillo Puerto

In the celebration of "hanal pixan", the community offers prayers, songs, sweets and food to their dead. The smell of incense and flowers mixed with all the delicacies offered up reaches the heights where the vultures fly. Attracted by the aroma, they come down to feast on the food offered. Owls, birds of bad omens and considered messengers of death in the underworld, offended by these actions, take the life of the small Mayan who has a friendship with the vultures. Death, sacrifice, offerings and revenge unfolds in "Messengers of Death.”

Schedule: 18:30 h
Place: Mayan Village
Pre-hispanic Folk Dance

Duration: 45 min
Group of Axolotl Chignahuapan, Puebla

In Chignahuapan, the festival has a unique connotation, since it is here where the first contact between death and the world of the living takes place after crossing the Chignahuapan river, the first test in their inescapable trip to Mictlán. It takes place on November 1st, staging one of the richest and more meaningful celebrations about the pre-Hispanic tradition of honoring the dead.

Schedule: 19:30 h
Place: Mayan Village
Pre-Hispanic Dance

Duration: 30 min
Cultural Festival of Puebla

Huey Atlixcáyotl is a cultural music and dance festival from Atlixco and several geographic regions from the state of Puebla. It takes place the last Sunday of September on the hill of San Miguel, where Netotiloyan, a millennial ceremonial center which in Nahuatl means “dance hill”, is located.

Schedule: 1st function: 19:00 h | 2nd function: 21:30 h
Place: 1st function at Ballgame Court | 2nd function at Gran Tlachco
Assemble Dance

Duration: 40 min (BC) and 70 min (GT)
Folkloric Ballet of the University of the Americas Vizcaya

Long ago, in our state, people would enter into the jungle in search of the sapodilla tree to extract the resin sold as chewing gum. For this commitment, they camped together, and after the extraction, they celebrated and argued in hotly contested disputes for the right to have the love of the few women who were there; the same women who had the function of preparing food for the men. Most of the time, these fights ended in tragedy.

Schedule: 21:10 h
Place: Esplanade
Folkloric Ballet

Duration: 40 min
16:00 h, 17:30 h, 19:00 h, 20:30 h
Traditional Charanga
El Alma de Felipe Carrillo Puerto

La Charanga de Carrillo Puerto is interpreted with music and animated by portraying typical jaranas that invite us to dance to their contagious melodies. The songs they perform in this festival are derived from ancient regional compositions, and a peculiar mix of themes and European rhythms, tinged with the ancient expressions of the musical soul of the Mayan people.

Schedule: 16:00 h | 17:30 h | 19:00 h | 20:30 h
Place: Cemetery Entrance
Traditional Music

Duration: 45 min
Felipe Carrillo Puerto Traditional Group

The Felipe Carrillo Puerto group conveys through their music an expression of the feeling of the people preserving their traditions. The Maya Paax could be heard on days of celebration, and each beat gets its moment of presentation established by tradition.

Schedule: 16:00 h
Place: Esplanade
Traditional Music

Duration: 30 min
Xcaret Jaranera Orchestra Reunion

The Xcaret Jaranera Band was created with the purpose to rescue, preserve and contribute the great musical heritage of the region surrounding the Yucatán Peninsula. Between the years 1845 and 1900 Cuban Master Jacinto Cuevas, a musician, composer, producer and trombonist settled in Mérida, Yucatán, and with musicians of the region funded the first Symphonic Band of Yucatán. From there on out, the popular music known as jaranas came to life, joining the Cuban danzones, pasacalles and contradanzas in becoming a part of the wide demonstrations of talent from Yucatán. The Xcaret Jaranera Band, in this new millennium, recaptures the original idea of Master Jacinto Cuevas to share joy and fun with all visitors.

Schedule: 16:00 h
Place: Shop Entrance
Traditional Music

Duration: 45 min
Felipe Carrillo Puerto Orchestra

The multi-piece orchestra of Felipe Carrillo Puerto has consolidated the cultural presence of the Mayan region in different states of the north, center and south of the country, where they have had successful presentations. With eight years of experience they delight by playing a musical series of jaranas, cumbias, ballads and Caribbean music.

Schedule: 16:30 h and 19:30 h
Place: Picadero
Traditional Music

Duration: 30 min
Dir. Manuel Cervantes

The marimba, a musical instrument played with great enthusiasm by skilled Xcaret musicians, has been part of Mexico since the old days. In the southeast of the country, mainly Chiapas, the whole cycle of a person’s life, birthdays, christenings, weddings and funerals are accompanied by this joyful and beautiful instrument that in this occasion will cheer up the living and the souls of the dead.

Schedule: 16:45 h | 18:15 h | 19:45 h | 21:15 h
Place: Cemetery Entrance
Traditional Music

Duration: 45 min.
“Terrock” Mexican group

La Cosa Monstra, a “terrock” Mexican group for kids and other scary things, narrates about the origins of the band and the adversities the five disastrous members go through by trying to crash into Heaven after many years of agonizing on Earth.

Schedule: 18:00 h
Place: Open Theater
Music

Duration: 60 min
El Bajo Mundo del Contra

New adjustments in the underworld have given the catrina the duty to set up a new orchestra. Tired of the arrogance of the violinists, the sound of the trumpets and the same classic songs of the Day of the Dead, she decides to test which instrument can communicate the strenght and passion required to accompany the transition from life to death.

Schedule: 20:15 h
Place: Salón Hacienda
Music

Duration: 45 min
Trova Yucateca Xcaret

With over 10 years of experience and two CD productions, the musical group AMORE, with its fresh and contemporary approach, will allow us to enjoy the classical repertoire of Yucatecan trova.

Schedule: 21:10 h
Place: Main Plaza
Trova Music

Duration: 45 min
16:00 to 22:30 h
Mexican Cemetery

The Mexican cemetery of the Mayan people is perfumed and dressed of marigolds and candles that adorn the graves to receive the dead ones. Between colors, smells and epitaphs, the living and the dead roam on this bridge to paradise.

Schedule: 16:00 to 22:30 h
Place: Cemetery
Self-Guided Tour

Duration: Permanent
Alejandra Díaz de Cossío

Walking with Spirits of the Jungle is a staging of Alejandra Diaz de Cossio, which presents the themes of beliefs, stories, myths and legends over the man-jungle relationship of the Mayan communities that has manifested over time. The Mestizo, gum-harvesters and the workers who have lived every day in and of the jungle, will be our guides and narrators of these mysterious life experiences.

Schedule: 16:00 to 21:30 h (every half hour)
Place: Jungle Trail
Dramatized Tour for the Public in Motion

Duration: 30 min
16:00 to 22:30 h
Altars with Culinary Demonstrations
Guest Communities of Puebla

Exhibition and sale of traditional Day of the Dead cuisine.

Schedule: 16:00 to 22:30 h
Place: Esplanade

Duration: 6 h 30 m approx.
Guest Communities of Quintana Roo

Exhibition and sale of traditional Day of the Dead cuisine.

Schedule: 16:00 to 22:30 h
Place: Esplanade

Duration: 6 h 30 m approx.
Guest Communities of Yucatán

Exhibition and sale of traditional Day of the Dead cuisine.

Schedule: 16:00 to 22:30 h
Place: Esplanade

Duration: 6 h 30 m approx.

Exhibition of traditional altars.

Schedule: 16:00 to 22:30 h
Place: Platforms

Duration: 6 h 30 m approx.
Xcaret Park Partners and Guests

Exhibition of altars dedicated to the tradition of Hanal Pixan.

Schedule: 16:00 to 22:30 h
Place: Platforms

Duration: 6 h 30 m approx.

Exhibition of traditional altars.

Schedule: 16:00 to 22:30 h
Place: Platforms

Duration: 6 h 30 m approx.

Exhibition of traditional altars.

Schedule: 16:00 to 22:30 h
Place: Platforms

Duration: 6 h 30 m approx.
Antonio Álvarez Morán

Exhibition of works by the artist Antonio Álvarez Morán, belonging to the "Colorful Deceit" series. Within the exhibition can be found "portraits of portraits of crowned nuns," a selection of works in which from a study of the representation of the nuns in the history of painting, an imaginary and timeless urban living space inhabited by them arises.

Schedule: 16:00 to 22:30 h
Place: Ballgame Court
Individual Painting Exposition

Duration: 6 h 30 m approx.
Rodolfo Villena

Exhibition and giant-sized display of a representative offering of Puebla at the entrance of the festival with traditional dishes, decorations, candles and related items.Rodolfo Villena's work has been exhibited in galleries and museums in New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, London, Mexico City, Puebla and Morelos, even giving demonstrations of the technique called "Traditional Cartonería". National First Place of the "Grand Prize of Folk Art".

Schedule: 16:00 to 22:30 h
Place: Main Plaza
Painting

Duration: 6 h 30 m approx.
Solferino House of Culture

Group exhibition of the children's house of culture of the community of Solferino that embodies the traditions surrounding the Day of the Dead.

Schedule: 16:00 to 22:30 h
Place: Sculptor's Palapa
Painting

Duration: 6 h 30 m approx.

Tochimilco is a land near the Popocatepetl volcano. This municipality provides rich culture during the commemoration of the faithful departed. The offerings still preserve the old traditional way, and the lining of the structures is made exclusively with shredded paper, colored paper and cardboard. Flowers, burning wax, incense and copal, when mixed, they produce a very unique aroma characteristic of this proudly Mexican activity, with the characteristic touch of the beliefs of Tochimilco.

Schedule: 16:00 to 22:30 h
Place: Ballgame Court
Photography

Duration: 6 h 30 m approx.
15:30 to 20:30 h (every hour)
Craft Workshop Puppets and Stories
Rural School

Making a puppet is due to the longing of creating an artistic sensibility and to develop basic knowledge about plastic arts in which humanistic and artistic expertise combine.

Schedule: 15:30 to 20:30 h (every hour)
Place: Mayan Village
Interactive workshop

Duration: Variable

Day of the Dead is a tradition always accompanied by a unique symbol, The Catrina. A character of mexican Folklore, she represents death and our ancestors; it's depicted full of color to make us remember that death is part of the cycle of life.

Schedule: 15:30 to 20:30 h (every hour)
Place: Sculptor's Palapa
Interactive workshop

Duration: Variable

Put a piece of chocolate in your mouth, let it melt and enjoy the bitter taste of the "Food of the Gods". Then sit down and taste between the sweet and the bitter as you experience making your own chocolate on a grinding stone.

Schedule: 16:00 to 21:00 (every hour)
Place: Chocolate Workshop at Mayan Village
Interactive workshop

Duration: Variable

Since many years ago, the calaveritas are part of the urban folklore linked to the celebration of the Day of the Dead.

Schedule: 16:00 to 21:00 h (every hour)
Place: Coconut Workshop at Mayan village
Interactive workshop

Duration: Variable
17:00 h and 19:00 h
Tamaxchi
Regional Group Theater “Tumben K'in”

Play that deals with the predictions of Mayan death that afflicts a Yucatecan family. When he messes up a ritual on his land, Martin, head of the house, gets a "bad wind" on the mountain and dies.

Schedule: 1st function: 17:00 h | 2nd function: 19:00 h
Place: Guadalupe Chapel
Comedy-Drama Theater

Duration: 45 min
La Bambalina

The theatrical group La Bambalina brings us an on-stage street sketch that uses popular theater with themes and traditions of Mexico.

Schedule: 17:00 h* | 18:00 h** | 19:00 h*** | 20:00 h****
Place: *Rosa de los Vientos | **Voladores de Papantla | ***Cemetery Entrance | ****Snack l Open Theater
Puppet Theater

Duration: 40 min
Marcela Romero and Brisa

Theatrical on-stage game in which narrator/actresses represent two visions about femininity in two regions of the country, giving a clear view of the differences in culture and traditions of Mexico. On one side, submissive women of New Spain played by the crowned nun, and on the other side the rebellious and assertive Mayan women, like Xtabay.

Schedule: 1st function: 17:00 h | 2nd function: 20:00 h
Place: 1st function: Main Plaza | 2nd function: Guadalupe Chapel
Theater

Duration: 45 min
Apolonio Mondragón

Aranza, just at 11 years old, dies. Her parents, heartbroken, ask for help to the crowned nun, who reads ancient books and find the way to communicate with Aranza through a Ceiba.

Schedule: 17:00 to 21:00 (every hour)
Place: Aqueduct Theater
Narrative Theater

Duration: 30 min
Maak Mayaab

Mrs. Gilyolla has passed away, a widow since her wedding day who had never remarried. At the family mausoleum, her husband awaits her (he is 25 years old and she is 65), wanting to consummate the marriage. Other family members are present which adds to the intrigue of the story, because not everybody lived in the same time period, and of course most of them have never met.

Schedule: 1st function: 17:10 h | 2nd function: 20:30 h
Place: 1st function: Salón Hacienda | 2nd function: Main Plaza
Theater

Duration: 30 min
Xcaret y 20 Varos

Death, on one of his visits every November 2nd, sees a horseman and is charmed by his appearance, bravery and smile. Death, very flirtatious, offers him eternal life, but not succeeding, flies into a rage and condemns the man to be a horse in life and in death.

Schedule: 1st function: 17:30 h | 2nd function: 21:30 h
Place: Picadero
Multidisciplinary Theater

Duration: 30 min
Erick Ricardo Luna

Framed by a classic graveyard appearing among mist and blue light the Crowned Nun comes to talk about how Mexicans feel about death. As a true poetess she recites with all seriousness poems about death, and without notice, she recites classic popular “calaveras” with a little slyness.

Schedule: 1st function: 18:30 h | 2nd function: 20:20 h
Place: 1st function: La Isla | 2nd function: Ballgame Court
Theater

Duration: 45 min
Puerta Skene

Xkeban’s tale is based on a Mayan myth about two sisters, Xkeban, and the other one named Utz Colel. Using rod puppets and pieces of clothing, Puerta Skene creates the perfect atmosphere to tell us this story through acting, pictures, dance and body language.

Schedule: 1st function: 18:30 h | 2nd function: 20:15 h
Place: Picadero
Theater

Duration: 55 min.
Bodo bodo productions and Artús Chávez

Clown show with live music, where three peculiar characters, a femme fatale, a musician and a mysterious master of ceremonies, work at a cabaret located right in the middle of the path between life and death. In this place they welcome the recently deceased and teach them about what eternity has prepared for them. Deadly Cabaret spoofs the different beliefs about what happens when we die, a show created by artists from France, Denmark, Spain and Mexico.

Schedule: 1st function: 18:50 h | 2nd function: 21:20 h
Place: Salón Hacienda

Clown show with live music for adults

Duration: 60 min
With Ignacio López Tarso, accompanied by the García

Accompanied by a Mexican “trío” lead by a woman’s voice, López Tarso narrates the life of three characters until their death; a show that celebrates life and death, told like only he knows, and complemented with the most representative “corridos” of Mexico.

Schedule: 1st function: 19:20 h | 2nd function: 21:30 h
Place: Open Theater
Multidisciplinary Theater

Duration: 60 min.
Jotsuu'k Tihosuco Group

Long ago, back when there was no electricity in Mayan villages, many inexplicable things happened, including apparitions. They say that once a disbelieving drover remained overnight in an abandoned village, and great was his surprise when he saw dancing skulls, skeletons, peasants and Mayan women that had long been dead.

Schedule: 19:30 h
Place: Plaza Principal
Community Theater

Duration: 40 min
Emmanuel Márquez

The Highest, angry at Faust for his desire to know all the secrets of creation, bets with Mephistopheles to provoke Faust to fall into temptation and sin. Mephistopheles, narrator and manipulative character, plays a game where deceit does not hide from the attention of the audience, who also gets manipulated by this seduction.

Schedule: 1st function: 19:40 h | 2nd function: 21:20 h
Place: 1st function: La Isla | 2nd function: Guadalupe Chapel
Monologue

Duration: 50 min
Raúl Niño

On-stage comedy that narrates Salma Salome’s experiences, who finds out about the passing of a loved one on the border. Salma is concerned because the soul of Cauich (her loved one) haunts her every day, So with the help of a friend and sorcerer she will try to bring peace to Cauh’s pixán (soul).

Schedule: 20:50 h
Place: La Isla
Regional Theater from Yucatán

Duration: 60 min

More than just a show, The Game of Life and Death is a ritual where we can live again all the traditions of the Mayans.

Schedule: 22:15 h
Place: Ballgame Court
Pre-Hispanic Expressions

Duration: 30 min
15:00 h, 17:00 h, 18:00 h and 19:00 h
Dance of the Little Quetzals
Children’s group Los Quetzalines of Tlatlauquitepec, Puebla

The Dance of the Little Quetzals is a millennial tradition which is performed in the Sierra Norte of Puebla. The name comes from the quetzal bird, and the wardrobe mimics the beauty of the bird’s plumage.

Schedule: 15:00 h* | 17:00 h* | 19:00 h* | 18:00 h**
Place: *Voladores de Papantla | **Guadalupe Chapel
Traditional Ritual Dance

Duration: 20 min
Cuetzalan, Puebla

Below us is the Talokan, the physical manifestation of the Earth, the place where the tree of life lies, represented during this ritual of the flying pole. From there we make offerings to the tree of life so that water is never scarce in the communities. Stomping out the different melodies simulates the steps of Aueuejcho, guardian of water, who is heard stomping before the rains. Offerings are also made to the four cardinal points, where the sun rises, where the sun sets, to the north, where the head is and to the south, from whence the winds of rain come.

Schedule: 15:20 h | 17:20 h | 19:20 h
Place: Voladores de Papantla
Ritual Dance

Duration: 20 min
Xipetotek Group

An on-stage play put on by the Xipetotec group, in which the life of Zarpazo de Fuego (Fire Blower), also known as Garra de Jaguar (Jaguar Paw), comes to the scene. The spectator will travel through mystical scenery to offer the gods the tribute of ritual dance.

Schedule: 16:30 h | 21:30 h
Place: Mayan Village
Dance

Duration: 30 min
Ballet of Atlixco, Puebla

Banquet dances are rooted in European dancing squads. “Las chinas atlixquenses” came to these fandangos wearing silk shoes. The “charros” were always by their side handing reeds with mezcal to all the people. The china atlixquense is the woman who lives in the Central Valleys, specifically the Atlixco region, and who sell agricultural products in markets.

Schedule: 17:00 h
Place: Esplanade
Folkloric Ballet

Duration: 30 min
Ballet Nuestras Raíces of Puebla

The Tecuanes dance is staged in the states of Guerrero and Puebla; it represents the work of the farmer sowing and harvesting, and his fight against the tiger.

Schedule: 17:10 h
Place: Open Theater
Folkloric Ballet

Duration: 30 min
Tlalixtlipa and "Las mujeres alegres" of Zacatlán

The Dance of the Negritos integrates various types and tells of the death of a captain at the hands of the Maringuilla, a woman carrying a snake that serves as her killing instrument. San Miguel Tenango is one of the towns that preserves its cultural richness, manifested through traditional clothing made on waist and pedal looms, handmade clay utensils and traditional dances.

Schedule: 17:45 h
Place: Esplanade
Traditional and Festive Dance

Duration: 25 min
Folkloric Group Tlatecatzin of Huauchinango, Puebla

Accompanied by dances, chanting and traditional food, the Xantolo celebration or Day of the Dead is characterized by the devotion, care and unity in which the inhabitants of the little communities await the arrival of those who are no longer with them.

Schedule: 18:00 h
Place: Salón Hacienda
Folkloric Ballet

Duration: 30 min
Yoloxochitl Ballet of Huaquechula, Puebla

The May 3rd dances are a unique celebration and the liveliest party of the year, with 34 Christian stewardships, a pilgrimage with more than 40 crosses, dances, flowers and food to enjoy.

Schedule: 1st function: 18:00 h | 2nd function: 20:30 h
Place: 1st function at Ballgame Court | 2nd function at Open Theater
Folkloric Ballet

Duration: 30 min
Ballet Chan Santa Cruz Báalam Nah of Felipe Carrillo Puerto

Our country has heritage dances that have been passed down from generation to generation, that are aimed to pay homage and tribute to deities of different kinds. Many of these deities are of Catholic influence, but without losing the essence of our indigenous peoples. The dances are held throughout the year and celebrate more life than death.

Schedule: 1st function:18:15 h | 2nd function: 20:30 h
Place: 1st function at Main Plaza | 2nd function at Mayan Village
Folkloric Ballet

Duration: 45 min
Ballet Tumben Huhub Chunhuhub of Felipe Carrillo Puerto

In the celebration of "hanal pixan", the community offers prayers, songs, sweets and food to their dead. The smell of incense and flowers mixed with all the delicacies offered up reaches the heights where the vultures fly. Attracted by the aroma, they come down to feast on the food offered. Owls, birds of bad omens and considered messengers of death in the underworld, offended by these actions, take the life of the small Mayan who has a friendship with the vultures. Death, sacrifice, offerings and revenge unfolds in "Messengers of Death.”

Schedule: 18:30 h
Place: Mayan Village
Pre-hispanic Folk Dance

Duration: 45 min
Group of Axolotl Chignahuapan, Puebla

In Chignahuapan, the festival has a unique connotation, since it is here where the first contact between death and the world of the living takes place after crossing the Chignahuapan river, the first test in their inescapable trip to Mictlán. It takes place on November 1st, staging one of the richest and more meaningful celebrations about the pre-Hispanic tradition of honoring the dead.

Schedule: 19:30 h
Place: Mayan Village
Pre-Hispanic Dance

Duration: 30 min
Cultural Festival of Puebla

Huey Atlixcáyotl is a cultural music and dance festival from Atlixco and several geographic regions from the state of Puebla. It takes place the last Sunday of September on the hill of San Miguel, where Netotiloyan, a millennial ceremonial center which in Nahuatl means “dance hill”, is located.

Schedule: 1st function: 19:00 h | 2nd function: 21:30 h
Place: 1st function at Ballgame Court | 2nd function at Gran Tlachco
Assemble Dance

Duration: 40 min (BC) and 70 min (GT)
Folkloric Ballet of the University of the Americas Vizcaya

Long ago, in our state, people would enter into the jungle in search of the sapodilla tree to extract the resin sold as chewing gum. For this commitment, they camped together, and after the extraction, they celebrated and argued in hotly contested disputes for the right to have the love of the few women who were there; the same women who had the function of preparing food for the men. Most of the time, these fights ended in tragedy.

Schedule: 21:10 h
Place: Esplanade
Folkloric Ballet

Duration: 40 min
16:00 h
Xcaret Jaranera Orchestra Reunion
Xcaret Jaranera Orchestra Reunion

The Xcaret Jaranera Band was created with the purpose to rescue, preserve and contribute the great musical heritage of the region surrounding the Yucatán Peninsula. Between the years 1845 and 1900 Cuban Master Jacinto Cuevas, a musician, composer, producer and trombonist settled in Mérida, Yucatán, and with musicians of the region funded the first Symphonic Band of Yucatán. From there on out, the popular music known as jaranas came to life, joining the Cuban danzones, pasacalles and contradanzas in becoming a part of the wide demonstrations of talent from Yucatán. The Xcaret Jaranera Band, in this new millennium, recaptures the original idea of Master Jacinto Cuevas to share joy and fun with all visitors.

Schedule: 16:00 h
Place: Shop Entrance
Traditional Music

Duration: 45 min
El Alma de Felipe Carrillo Puerto

La Charanga de Carrillo Puerto is interpreted with music and animated by portraying typical jaranas that invite us to dance to their contagious melodies. The songs they perform in this festival are derived from ancient regional compositions, and a peculiar mix of themes and European rhythms, tinged with the ancient expressions of the musical soul of the Mayan people.

Schedule: 16:00 h | 17:30 h | 19:00 h | 20:30 h
Place: Cemetery Entrance
Traditional Music

Duration: 45 min
Felipe Carrillo Puerto Orchestra

The multi-piece orchestra of Felipe Carrillo Puerto has consolidated the cultural presence of the Mayan region in different states of the north, center and south of the country, where they have had successful presentations. With eight years of experience they delight by playing a musical series of jaranas, cumbias, ballads and Caribbean music.

Schedule: 16:30 h and 19:30 h
Place: Picadero
Traditional Music

Duration: 30 min
Felipe Carrillo Puerto Traditional Group

The Felipe Carrillo Puerto group conveys through their music an expression of the feeling of the people preserving their traditions. The Maya Paax could be heard on days of celebration, and each beat gets its moment of presentation established by tradition.

Schedule: 16:00 h
Place: Esplanade
Traditional Music

Duration: 45 min
Dir. Manuel Cervantes

The marimba, a musical instrument played with great enthusiasm by skilled Xcaret musicians, has been part of Mexico since the old days. In the southeast of the country, mainly Chiapas, the whole cycle of a person’s life, birthdays, christenings, weddings and funerals are accompanied by this joyful and beautiful instrument that in this occasion will cheer up the living and the souls of the dead.

Schedule: 16:45 h | 18:15 h | 19:45 h | 21:15 h
Place: Cemetery Entrance
Traditional Music

Duration: 45 min
“Terrock” Mexican group

La Cosa Monstra, a “terrock” Mexican group for kids and other scary things, narrates about the origins of the band and the adversities the five disastrous members go through by trying to crash into Heaven after many years of agonizing on Earth.

Schedule: 18:00 h
Place: Open Theater
Music

Duration: 60 min
El Bajo Mundo del Contra

New adjustments in the underworld have given the catrina the duty to set up a new orchestra. Tired of the arrogance of the violinists, the sound of the trumpets and the same classic songs of the Day of the Dead, she decides to test which instrument can communicate the strenght and passion required to accompany the transition from life to death.

Schedule: 20:15 h
Place: Salón Hacienda
Music

Duration: 45 min
Trova Yucateca Xcaret

New adjustments in the underworld have given the catrina the duty to set up a new orchestra. Tired of the arrogance of the violinists, the sound of the trumpets and the same classic songs of the Day of the Dead, she decides to test which instrument can communicate the strenght and passion required to accompany the transition from life to death.

Schedule: 21:10 h
Place: Main Plaza
Trova Music

Duration: 45 min
16:00 to 22:30 h
Mexican Cemetery

The Mexican cemetery of the Mayan people is perfumed and dressed of marigolds and candles that adorn the graves to receive the dead ones. Between colors, smells and epitaphs, the living and the dead roam on this bridge to paradise.

Schedule: 16:00 to 22:30 h
Place: Cemetery
Self-Guided Tour

Duration: Permanent
Alejandra Díaz de Cossío

Walking with Spirits of the Jungle is a staging of Alejandra Diaz de Cossio, which presents the themes of beliefs, stories, myths and legends over the man-jungle relationship of the Mayan communities that has manifested over time. The Mestizo, gum-harvesters and the workers who have lived every day in and of the jungle, will be our guides and narrators of these mysterious life experiences.

Schedule: 16:00 to 21:30 h (every half hour)
Place: Jungle Trail
Dramatized Tour for the Public in Motion

Duration: 30 min
16:00 h
Angels, Cherubs and Crowns!

Every year, many schools of the Playa del Carmen community are invited to prepare an act for the Festival. This time the theme is Death in the state of Puebla of New Spain and the Crowned Nuns. They compose verses alluding to the Festival, so the children can sing and dance to them. This way everybody learns new things about the history and culture of these traditions, they dress accordingly and enjoy the wonderful heritage. Follow this fun troupe, from Tlachco to the Voladores de Papantla!

Schedule: 16:00 h
Place: Starting outside Gran Tlachco and finishing at the Voladores de Papantla pole
Parade

Duration: 90 min
16:00 to 22:30 h
Altars with Culinary Demonstrations
Guest Communities of Puebla

Exhibition and sale of traditional Day of the Dead cuisine.

Schedule: 16:00 to 22:30 h
Place: Esplanade

Duration: 6 h 30 m approx.
Guest Communities of Quintana Roo

Exhibition and sale of traditional Day of the Dead cuisine.

Schedule: 16:00 to 22:30 h
Place: Esplanade

Duration: 6 h 30 m approx.
Guest Communities of Yucatán

Exhibition and sale of traditional Day of the Dead cuisine.

Schedule: 16:00 to 22:30 h
Place: Esplanade

Duration: 6 h 30 m approx.

Exhibition of traditional altars.

Schedule: 16:00 to 22:30 h
Place: Platforms

Duration: 6 h 30 m approx.
Xcaret Park Partners and Guests

Exhibition of altars dedicated to the tradition of Hanal Pixan.

Schedule: 16:00 to 22:30 h
Place: Platforms

Duration: 6 h 30 m approx.

Exhibition of traditional altars.

Schedule: 16:00 to 22:30 h
Place: Platforms

Duration: 6 h 30 m approx.

Exhibition of traditional altars.

Schedule: 16:00 to 22:30 h
Place: Platforms

Duration: 6 h 30 m approx.
Antonio Álvarez Morán

Exhibition of works by the artist Antonio Álvarez Morán, belonging to the "Colorful Deceit" series. Within the exhibition can be found "portraits of portraits of crowned nuns," a selection of works in which from a study of the representation of the nuns in the history of painting, an imaginary and timeless urban living space inhabited by them arises.

Schedule: 16:00 to 22:30 h
Place: Ballgame Court
Individual Painting Exposition

Duration: 6 h 30 m approx.
Rodolfo Villena

Exhibition and giant-sized display of a representative offering of Puebla at the entrance of the festival with traditional dishes, decorations, candles and related items.Rodolfo Villena's work has been exhibited in galleries and museums in New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, London, Mexico City, Puebla and Morelos, even giving demonstrations of the technique called "Traditional Cartonería". National First Place of the "Grand Prize of Folk Art".

Schedule: 16:00 to 22:30 h
Place: Main Plaza
Painting

Duration: 6 h 30 m approx.
Solferino House of Culture

Group exhibition of the children's house of culture of the community of Solferino that embodies the traditions surrounding the Day of the Dead.

Schedule: 16:00 to 22:30 h
Place: Sculptor's Palapa
Painting

Duration: 6 h 30 m approx.

Tochimilco is a land near the Popocatepetl volcano. This municipality provides rich culture during the commemoration of the faithful departed. The offerings still preserve the old traditional way, and the lining of the structures is made exclusively with shredded paper, colored paper and cardboard. Flowers, burning wax, incense and copal, when mixed, they produce a very unique aroma characteristic of this proudly Mexican activity, with the characteristic touch of the beliefs of Tochimilco.

Schedule: 16:00 to 22:30 h
Place: Ballgame Court
Photography

Duration: 6 h 30 m approx.
15:30 to 20:30 h (every hour)
Craft Workshop Puppets and Stories
Rural School

Making a puppet is due to the longing of creating an artistic sensibility and to develop basic knowledge about plastic arts in which humanistic and artistic expertise combine.

Schedule: 15:30 to 20:30 h (every hour)
Place: Mayan Village
Interactive workshop

Duration: Variable

Day of the Dead is a tradition always accompanied by a unique symbol, The Catrina. A character of mexican Folklore, she represents death and our ancestors; it's depicted full of color to make us remember that death is part of the cycle of life.

Schedule: 15:30 to 20:30 h (every hour)
Place: Sculptor's Palapa
Interactive workshop

Duration: Variable

Put a piece of chocolate in your mouth, let it melt and enjoy the bitter taste of the "Food of the Gods". Then sit down and taste between the sweet and the bitter as you experience making your own chocolate on a grinding stone.

Schedule: 16:00 to 21:00 (every hour)
Place: Chocolate Workshop at Mayan Village
Interactive workshop

Duration: Variable

Since many years ago, the calaveritas are part of the urban folklore linked to the celebration of the Day of the Dead.

Schedule: 16:00 to 21:00 h (every hour)
Place: Coconut Workshop at Mayan village
Interactive workshop

Duration: Variable
17:00 h and 20:00 h
The Crowned Nun and Her Godmother, Xtabay
Marcela Romero and Brisa

Theatrical on-stage game in which narrator/actresses represent two visions about femininity in two regions of the country, giving a clear view of the differences in culture and traditions of Mexico. On one side, submissive women of New Spain played by the crowned nun, and on the other side the rebellious and assertive Mayan women, like Xtabay.

Schedule: 1st function: 17:00 h | 2nd function: 20:00 h
Place: 1st function: Main Plaza | 2nd function: Guadalupe Chapel
Theater

Duration: 45 min
Apolonio Mondragón

Aranza, just at 11 years old, dies. Her parents, heartbroken, ask for help to the crowned nun, who reads ancient books and find the way to communicate with Aranza through a Ceiba.

Schedule: 17:00 to 21:00 (every hour)
Place: Aqueduct Theater
Narrative Theater

Duration: 30 min
La Bambalina

The theatrical group La Bambalina brings us an on-stage street sketch that uses popular theater with themes and traditions of Mexico.

Schedule: 17:00 h* | 18:00 h** | 19:00 h*** | 20:00 h****
Place: *Rosa de los Vientos | **Voladores de Papantla | ***Cemetery Entrance | ****Snack l Open Theater
Puppet Theater

Duration: 40 min
Regional Group Theater “Tumben K'in”

Play that deals with the predictions of Mayan death that afflicts a Yucatecan family. When he messes up a ritual on his land, Martin, head of the house, gets a "bad wind" on the mountain and dies.

Schedule: 1st function: 17:00 h | 2nd function: 19:00 h
Place: Guadalupe Chapel
Comedy-Drama Theater

Duration: 45 min
Raúl Niño

On-stage comedy that narrates Salma Salome’s experiences, who finds out about the passing of a loved one on the border. Salma is concerned because the soul of Cauich (her loved one) haunts her every day, So with the help of a friend and sorcerer she will try to bring peace to Cauh’s pixán (soul).

Schedule: 1st function: 17:00 h | 2nd function: 20:50 h
Place: La Isla
Regional Theater from Yucatán

Duration: 60 min
Maak Mayaab

Mrs. Gilyolla has passed away, a widow since her wedding day who had never remarried. At the family mausoleum, her husband awaits her (he is 25 years old and she is 65), wanting to consummate the marriage. Other family members are present which adds to the intrigue of the story, because not everybody lived in the same time period, and of course most of them have never met.

Schedule: 1st function: 17:10 h | 2nd function: 20:30 h
Place: 1st function: Salón Hacienda | 2nd function: Main Plaza
Theater

Duration: 30 min
Xcaret y 20 Varos

Death, on one of his visits every November 2nd, sees a horseman and is charmed by his appearance, bravery and smile. Death, very flirtatious, offers him eternal life, but not succeeding, flies into a rage and condemns the man to be a horse in life and in death.

Schedule: 1st function: 17:30 h | 2nd function: 21:30 h
Place: Picadero
Multidisciplinary Theater

Duration: 30 min
"Los Nachos" School Group

A fun parody to die of laughter, featuring the adventures of a patient, who mistakenly is given the wrong medical diagnosis.

Schedule: 18:00 h
Place: Salón Hacienda
Community Youth Theater

Duration: 30 min
Puerta Skene

Xkeban’s tale is based on a Mayan myth about two sisters, Xkeban, and the other one named Utz Colel. Using rod puppets and pieces of clothing, Puerta Skene creates the perfect atmosphere to tell us this story through acting, pictures, dance and body language.

Schedule: 1st function: 18:30 h | 2nd function: 20:15 h
Place: Picadero
Theater

Duration: 55 min
Erick Ricardo Luna

Framed by a classic graveyard appearing among mist and blue light the Crowned Nun comes to talk about how Mexicans feel about death. As a true poetess she recites with all seriousness poems about death, and without notice, she recites classic popular “calaveras” with a little slyness.

Schedule: 1st function: 18:30 h | 2nd function: 20:20 h
Place: 1st function: La Isla | 2nd function: Ballgame Court
Theater

Duration: 45 min
Bodo bodo productions and Artús Chávez

Clown show with live music, where three peculiar characters, a femme fatale, a musician and a mysterious master of ceremonies, work at a cabaret located right in the middle of the path between life and death. In this place they welcome the recently deceased and teach them about what eternity has prepared for them. Deadly Cabaret spoofs the different beliefs about what happens when we die, a show created by artists from France, Denmark, Spain and Mexico.

Schedule: 1st function: 18:50 h | 2nd function: 21:20 h
Place: Salón Hacienda

Clown show with live music for adults

Duration: 60 min
With Ignacio López Tarso, accompanied by the García

Accompanied by a Mexican “trío” lead by a woman’s voice, López Tarso narrates the life of three characters until their death; a show that celebrates life and death, told like only he knows, and complemented with the most representative “corridos” of Mexico.

Schedule: 1st function: 19:20 h | 2nd function: 21:30 h
Place: Open Theater
Multidisciplinary Theater

Duration: 60 min
Emmanuel Márquez

The Highest, angry at Faust for his desire to know all the secrets of creation, bets with Mephistopheles to provoke Faust to fall into temptation and sin. Mephistopheles, narrator and manipulative character, plays a game where deceit does not hide from the attention of the audience, who also gets manipulated by this seduction.

Schedule: 1st function: 19:40 h | 2nd function: 21:20 h
Place: 1st function: La Isla | 2nd function: Guadalupe Chapel
Monologue

Duration: 50 min

More than just a show, The Game of Life and Death is a ritual where we can live again all the traditions of the Mayans.

Schedule: 22:00 h
Place: Ballgame Court
Pre-Hispanic Expressions

Duration: 30 min
15:00 h, 17:00 h, 18:00 h and 19:00 h
Dance of the Little Quetzals
Children’s group Los Quetzalines of Tlatlauquitepec, Puebla

The Dance of the Little Quetzals is a millennial tradition which is performed in the Sierra Norte of Puebla. The name comes from the quetzal bird, and the wardrobe mimics the beauty of the bird’s plumage.

Schedule: 15:00 h* | 17:00 h* | 19:00 h* | 18:00 h**
Place: *Voladores de Papantla | **Guadalupe Chapel
Traditional Ritual Dance

Duration: 20 min
Cuetzalan, Puebla

Below us is the Talokan, the physical manifestation of the Earth, the place where the tree of life lies, represented during this ritual of the flying pole. From there we make offerings to the tree of life so that water is never scarce in the communities. Stomping out the different melodies simulates the steps of Aueuejcho, guardian of water, who is heard stomping before the rains. Offerings are also made to the four cardinal points, where the sun rises, where the sun sets, to the north, where the head is and to the south, from whence the winds of rain come.

Schedule: 15:20 h | 17:20 h | 19:20 h
Place: Voladores de Papantla
Ritual Dance

Duration: 20 min
Xipetotek Group

An on-stage play put on by the Xipetotec group, in which the life of Zarpazo de Fuego (Fire Blower), also known as Garra de Jaguar (Jaguar Paw), comes to the scene. The spectator will travel through mystical scenery to offer the gods the tribute of ritual dance.

Schedule: 16:30 h | 21:30 h
Place: Mayan Village
Dance

Duration: 30 min
Ballet of Atlixco, Puebla

Banquet dances are rooted in European dancing squads. “Las chinas atlixquenses” came to these fandangos wearing silk shoes. The “charros” were always by their side handing reeds with mezcal to all the people. The china atlixquense is the woman who lives in the Central Valleys, specifically the Atlixco region, and who sell agricultural products in markets.

Schedule: 17:00 h
Place: Esplanade
Folkloric Ballet

Duration: 30 min
Ballet Nuestras Raíces of Puebla

The Tecuanes dance is staged in the states of Guerrero and Puebla; it represents the work of the farmer sowing and harvesting, and his fight against the tiger.

Schedule: 17:10 h
Place: Open Theater
Folkloric Ballet

Duration: 30 min
Sac Nicté Há Group of Kantunilkín

A couple of friends who shared the same love of dance have an accident. They are now in the great beyond, and being together again share their nostalgia of those times when life was enjoyed with parties, dances and traditions. Today, our traditions and dances give us the opportunity to interact with our loved ones.

Schedule: 1st function: 17:30 h | 2nd function: 21:10 h
Place: 1st function at Mayan Village | 2nd function at Esplanade
Folkloric Dance

Duration: 45 min
Yoloxochitl Ballet of Huaquechula, Puebla

The May 3rd dances are a unique celebration and the liveliest party of the year, with 34 Christian stewardships, a pilgrimage with more than 40 crosses, dances, flowers and food to enjoy.

Schedule: 1st function: 18:00 h | 2nd function: 20:30 h
Place: 1st function at Ballgame Court | 2nd function at Open Theater
Folkloric Ballet

Duration: 30 min
Ballet of the House of Culture of Cozumel

The story of the Red Queen of Palenque transports us to the life of this important Mayan ruler through dance. Her death caused a great stir among the Mayan people.Through time we go back to the funeral rites of the Red Queen. Tz'akbu Ajaw is back and tells her story.

Schedule: 1st function: 18:15 h | 2nd function: 20:30 h
Place: 1st function at Main Plaza | 2nd function at Mayan Village
Folkloric Ballet

Duration: 45 min
Youth Ballet Nuestras Raíces

How many of us avoid the arrival of the pixanes? There was a man in the land of the Maya who wanted to see them. Disguised, he waited for their arrival. Time passed, and while dozing, the inexplicable happened; they came and took him to share the biggest celebration he’d ever seen in his land. Through parades, troubadours and peninsular carnivals, the man’s curiosity was fulfilled. But was it real or just a dream? What do you think?

Schedule: 18:30 h
Place: Mayan Village
Ballet Folclórico

Duration: 40 min
Cultural Festival of Puebla

Huey Atlixcáyotl is a cultural music and dance festival from Atlixco and several geographic regions from the state of Puebla. It takes place the last Sunday of September on the hill of San Miguel, where Netotiloyan, a millennial ceremonial center which in Nahuatl means “dance hill”, is located.

Schedule: 19:00 h
Place: Ballgame Court
Assemble Dance

Duration: 40 min
Group of Axolotl Chignahuapan, Puebla

In Chignahuapan, the festival has a unique connotation, since it is here where the first contact between death and the world of the living takes place after crossing the Chignahuapan river, the first test in their inescapable trip to Mictlán. It takes place on November 1st, staging one of the richest and more meaningful celebrations about the pre-Hispanic tradition of honoring the dead.

Schedule: 19:30 h
Place: Mayan Village
Pre-Hispanic Dance

Duration: 30 min
Tlalixtlipa and "Las mujeres alegres" of Zacatlán

The Dance of the Negritos integrates various types and tells of the death of a captain at the hands of the Maringuilla, a woman carrying a snake that serves as her killing instrument. San Miguel Tenango is one of the towns that preserves its cultural richness, manifested through traditional clothing made on waist and pedal looms, handmade clay utensils and traditional dances.

Schedule: 1st function: 19:40 h | 2nd function: 21:10 h
Place: Main Plaza
Traditional and Festive Dance

Duration: 25 min
Folkloric Group Tlatecatzin of Huauchinango, Puebla

Accompanied by dances, chanting and traditional food, the Xantolo celebration or Day of the Dead is characterized by the devotion, care and unity in which the inhabitants of the little communities await the arrival of those who are no longer with them.

Schedule: 19:40 h
Place: Esplanade
Folkloric Ballet

Duration: 30 min
16:00 h
Mayapaax
Felipe Carrillo Puerto Traditional Group

The Felipe Carrillo Puerto group conveys through their music an expression of the feeling of the people preserving their traditions. The Maya Paax could be heard on days of celebration, and each beat gets its moment of presentation established by tradition.

Schedule: 16:00 h
Place: Esplanade
Traditional Music

Duration: 30 min
Xcaret Jaranera Orchestra Reunion

The Xcaret Jaranera Band was created with the purpose to rescue, preserve and contribute the great musical heritage of the region surrounding the Yucatán Peninsula. Between the years 1845 and 1900 Cuban Master Jacinto Cuevas, a musician, composer, producer and trombonist settled in Mérida, Yucatán, and with musicians of the region funded the first Symphonic Band of Yucatán. From there on out, the popular music known as jaranas came to life, joining the Cuban danzones, pasacalles and contradanzas in becoming a part of the wide demonstrations of talent from Yucatán. The Xcaret Jaranera Band, in this new millennium, recaptures the original idea of Master Jacinto Cuevas to share joy and fun with all visitors.

Schedule: 16:00 h
Place: Shop Entrance
Traditional Music

Duration: 45 min
El Alma de Felipe Carrillo Puerto

La Charanga de Carrillo Puerto is interpreted with music and animated by portraying typical jaranas that invite us to dance to their contagious melodies. The songs they perform in this festival are derived from ancient regional compositions, and a peculiar mix of themes and European rhythms, tinged with the ancient expressions of the musical soul of the Mayan people.

Schedule: 16:00 h | 17:30 h | 19:00 h | 20:30 h
Place: Cemetery Entrance
Traditional Music

Duration: 45 min
Felipe Carrillo Puerto Orchestra

The multi-piece orchestra of Felipe Carrillo Puerto has consolidated the cultural presence of the Mayan region in different states of the north, center and south of the country, where they have had successful presentations. With eight years of experience they delight by playing a musical series of jaranas, cumbias, ballads and Caribbean music.

Schedule: 16:30 h and 19:30 h
Place: Picadero
Traditional Music

Duration: 30 min
Dir. Manuel Cervantes

The marimba, a musical instrument played with great enthusiasm by skilled Xcaret musicians, has been part of Mexico since the old days. In the southeast of the country, mainly Chiapas, the whole cycle of a person’s life, birthdays, christenings, weddings and funerals are accompanied by this joyful and beautiful instrument that in this occasion will cheer up the living and the souls of the dead.

Schedule: 16:45 h | 18:15 h | 19:45 h | 21:15 h
Place: Cemetery Entrance
Traditional Music

Duration: 45 min
“Terrock” Mexican group

La Cosa Monstra, a “terrock” Mexican group for kids and other scary things, narrates about the origins of the band and the adversities the five disastrous members go through by trying to crash into Heaven after many years of agonizing on Earth.

Schedule: 18:00 h
Place: Open Theater
Music

Duration: 60 min
El Bajo Mundo del Contra

New adjustments in the underworld have given the catrina the duty to set up a new orchestra. Tired of the arrogance of the violinists, the sound of the trumpets and the same classic songs of the Day of the Dead, she decides to test which instrument can communicate the strenght and passion required to accompany the transition from life to death.

Schedule: 20:15 h
Place: Salón Hacienda
Music

Duration: 45 min
Lila Downs

“Bullets and Chocolate” is a concert named after Lila Downs’ new album, in which hope and a better future are the themes that she sings about. Based on Day of the Dead topics, and the festive cosmogony Mexicans and Latin Americans have towards death.

Schedule: 22:30 h
Place: Gran Tlachco
Gala Concert

Duration: 70 min
16:00 to 22:30 h
Mexican Cemetery

The Mexican cemetery of the Mayan people is perfumed and dressed of marigolds and candles that adorn the graves to receive the dead ones. Between colors, smells and epitaphs, the living and the dead roam on this bridge to paradise.

Schedule: 16:00 to 22:30 h
Place: Cemetery
Self-Guided Tour

Duration: Permanent
Alejandra Díaz de Cossío

Walking with Spirits of the Jungle is a staging of Alejandra Diaz de Cossio, which presents the themes of beliefs, stories, myths and legends over the man-jungle relationship of the Mayan communities that has manifested over time. The Mestizo, gum-harvesters and the workers who have lived every day in and of the jungle, will be our guides and narrators of these mysterious life experiences.

Schedule: 16:00 to 21:30 h (every half hour)
Place: Jungle Trail
Dramatized Tour for the Public in Motion

Duration: 30 min
16:00 h
Angels, Cherubs and Crowns!

Every year, many schools of the Playa del Carmen community are invited to prepare an act for the Festival. This time the theme is Death in the state of Puebla of New Spain and the Crowned Nuns. They compose verses alluding to the Festival, so the children can sing and dance to them. This way everybody learns new things about the history and culture of these traditions, they dress accordingly and enjoy the wonderful heritage. Follow this fun troupe, from Tlachco to the Voladores de Papantla!

Schedule: 16:00 h
Place: Starting outside Gran Tlachco and finishing at the Voladores de Papantla pole
Parade

Duration: 90 min
17:00 h
All Saints Mass

Let us rejoice in the Lord as we celebrate the solemnity of All Saints this day, reason why the angels exult and praise the Son of God. Accompanied by Los Cantores de Xcaret, the mass will be presided by His Excellency Monsignor Pedro Pablo Elizondo, Bishop of the Diocese of Cancún-Chetumal and the Reverend P. Fernando Rodriguez Martinez, pastor of the Iglesia del Carmen, Playa del Carmen.

Schedule: 17:00 h
Place: Esplanade
Catholic Mass

Duration: 60 min
16:00 to 22:30 h
Altars with Culinary Demonstrations
Guest Communities of Puebla

Exhibition and sale of traditional Day of the Dead cuisine.

Schedule: 16:00 to 22:30 h
Place: Esplanade

Duration: 6 h 30 m approx.
Guest Communities of Quintana Roo

Exhibition and sale of traditional Day of the Dead cuisine.

Schedule: 16:00 to 22:30 h
Place: Esplanade

Duration: 6 h 30 m approx.
Guest Communities of Yucatán

Exhibition and sale of traditional Day of the Dead cuisine.

Schedule: 16:00 to 22:30 h
Place: Esplanade

Duration: 6 h 30 m approx.

Exhibition of traditional altars.

Schedule: 16:00 to 22:30 h
Place: Platforms

Duration: 6 h 30 m approx.
Xcaret Park Partners and Guests

Exhibition of altars dedicated to the tradition of Hanal Pixan.

Schedule: 16:00 to 22:30 h
Place: Platforms

Duration: 6 h 30 m approx.

Exhibition of traditional altars.

Schedule: 16:00 to 22:30 h
Place: Platforms

Duration: 6 h 30 m approx.

Exhibition of traditional altars.

Schedule: 16:00 to 22:30 h
Place: Platforms

Duration: 6 h 30 m approx.
Antonio Álvarez Morán

Exhibition of works by the artist Antonio Álvarez Morán, belonging to the "Colorful Deceit" series. Within the exhibition can be found "portraits of portraits of crowned nuns," a selection of works in which from a study of the representation of the nuns in the history of painting, an imaginary and timeless urban living space inhabited by them arises.

Schedule: 16:00 to 22:30 h
Place: Ballgame Court
Individual Painting Exposition

Duration: 6 h 30 m approx.
Rodolfo Villena

Exhibition and giant-sized display of a representative offering of Puebla at the entrance of the festival with traditional dishes, decorations, candles and related items.Rodolfo Villena's work has been exhibited in galleries and museums in New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, London, Mexico City, Puebla and Morelos, even giving demonstrations of the technique called "Traditional Cartonería". National First Place of the "Grand Prize of Folk Art".

Schedule: 16:00 to 22:30 h
Place: Main Plaza
Painting

Duration: 6 h 30 m approx.
Solferino House of Culture

Group exhibition of the children's house of culture of the community of Solferino that embodies the traditions surrounding the Day of the Dead.

Schedule: 16:00 to 22:30 h
Place: Sculptor's Palapa
Painting

Duration: 6 h 30 m approx.

Tochimilco is a land near the Popocatepetl volcano. This municipality provides rich culture during the commemoration of the faithful departed. The offerings still preserve the old traditional way, and the lining of the structures is made exclusively with shredded paper, colored paper and cardboard. Flowers, burning wax, incense and copal, when mixed, they produce a very unique aroma characteristic of this proudly Mexican activity, with the characteristic touch of the beliefs of Tochimilco.

Schedule: 16:00 to 22:30 h
Place: Ballgame Court
Photography

Duration: 6 h 30 m approx.
15:30 to 20:30 h (every hour)
Craft Workshop Puppets and Stories
Rural School

Making a puppet is due to the longing of creating an artistic sensibility and to develop basic knowledge about plastic arts in which humanistic and artistic expertise combine.

Schedule: 15:30 to 20:30 h (every hour)
Place: Mayan Village
Interactive workshop

Duration: Variable

Day of the Dead is a tradition always accompanied by a unique symbol, The Catrina. A character of mexican Folklore, she represents death and our ancestors; it's depicted full of color to make us remember that death is part of the cycle of life.

Schedule: 15:30 to 20:30 h (every hour)
Place: Sculptor's Palapa
Interactive workshop

Duration: Variable

Put a piece of chocolate in your mouth, let it melt and enjoy the bitter taste of the "Food of the Gods". Then sit down and taste between the sweet and the bitter as you experience making your own chocolate on a grinding stone.

Schedule: 16:00 to 21:00 (every hour)
Place: Chocolate Workshop at Mayan Village
Interactive workshop

Duration: Variable

Since many years ago, the calaveritas are part of the urban folklore linked to the celebration of the Day of the Dead.

Schedule: 16:00 to 21:00 h (every hour)
Place: Coconut Workshop at Mayan village
Interactive workshop

Duration: Variable
17:00 h and 20:50 h
Salma and Cauh’s Pixán
Raúl Niño

On-stage comedy that narrates Salma Salome’s experiences, who finds out about the passing of a loved one on the border. Salma is concerned because the soul of Cauich (her loved one) haunts her every day, So with the help of a friend and sorcerer she will try to bring peace to Cauh’s pixán (soul).

Schedule: 1st function: 17:00 h | 2nd function: 20:50 h
Place: La Isla
Regional Theater from Yucatán

Duration: 60 min
La Bambalina

The theatrical group La Bambalina brings us an on-stage street sketch that uses popular theater with themes and traditions of Mexico.

Schedule: 17:00 h* | 18:00 h** | 19:00 h*** | 20:00 h****
Place: *Rosa de los Vientos | **Voladores de Papantla | ***Cemetery Entrance | ****Snack l Open Theater
Puppet Theater

Duration: 40 min
Apolonio Mondragón

Aranza, just at 11 years old, dies. Her parents, heartbroken, ask for help to the crowned nun, who reads ancient books and find the way to communicate with Aranza through a Ceiba.

Schedule: 17:00 to 21:00 (every hour)
Place: Aqueduct Theater
Narrative Theater

Duration: 30 min
Regional Group Theater “Tumben K'in”

Play that deals with the predictions of Mayan death that afflicts a Yucatecan family. When he messes up a ritual on his land, Martin, head of the house, gets a "bad wind" on the mountain and dies.

Schedule: 1st function: 17:00 h | 2nd function: 19:00 h
Place: Guadalupe Chapel
Comedy-Drama Theater

Duration: 45 min
Marcela Romero and Brisa

Theatrical on-stage game in which narrator/actresses represent two visions about femininity in two regions of the country, giving a clear view of the differences in culture and traditions of Mexico. On one side, submissive women of New Spain played by the crowned nun, and on the other side the rebellious and assertive Mayan women, like Xtabay.

Schedule: 1st function: 17:00 h | 2nd function: 20:00 h
Place: 1st function: Main Plaza | 2nd function: Guadalupe Chapel
Theater

Duration: 45 min
Maak Mayaab

Mrs. Gilyolla has passed away, a widow since her wedding day who had never remarried. At the family mausoleum, her husband awaits her (he is 25 years old and she is 65), wanting to consummate the marriage. Other family members are present which adds to the intrigue of the story, because not everybody lived in the same time period, and of course most of them have never met.

Schedule: 1st function: 17:10 h | 2nd function: 20:30 h
Place: 1st function: Salón Hacienda | 2nd function: Main Plaza
Theater

Duration: 30 min
Xcaret y 20 Varos

Death, on one of his visits every November 2nd, sees a horseman and is charmed by his appearance, bravery and smile. Death, very flirtatious, offers him eternal life, but not succeeding, flies into a rage and condemns the man to be a horse in life and in death.

Schedule: 1st function: 17:30 h | 2nd function: 21:30 h
Place: Picadero
Multidisciplinary Theater

Duration: 30 min
"Los Nachos" School Group

A fun parody to die of laughter, featuring the adventures of a patient, who mistakenly is given the wrong medical diagnosis.

Schedule: 18:00 h and 19:45 h
Place: 1st function: Salón Hacienda | 2nd function: Open Theater
Community Youth Theater

Duration: 30 min
Puerta Skene

Xkeban’s tale is based on a Mayan myth about two sisters, Xkeban, and the other one named Utz Colel. Using rod puppets and pieces of clothing, Puerta Skene creates the perfect atmosphere to tell us this story through acting, pictures, dance and body language.

Schedule: 1st function: 18:30 h | 2nd function: 20:15 h
Place: Picadero
Theater

Duration: 55 min
Erick Ricardo Luna

Framed by a classic graveyard appearing among mist and blue light the Crowned Nun comes to talk about how Mexicans feel about death. As a true poetess she recites with all seriousness poems about death, and without notice, she recites classic popular “calaveras” with a little slyness.

Schedule: 1st function: 18:30 h | 2nd function: 20:20 h
Place: 1st function: La Isla | 2nd function: Ballgame Court
Theater

Duration: 45 min
Bodo bodo productions and Artús Chávez

Clown show with live music, where three peculiar characters, a femme fatale, a musician and a mysterious master of ceremonies, work at a cabaret located right in the middle of the path between life and death. In this place they welcome the recently deceased and teach them about what eternity has prepared for them. Deadly Cabaret spoofs the different beliefs about what happens when we die, a show created by artists from France, Denmark, Spain and Mexico.

Schedule: 1st function: 18:50 h | 2nd function: 21:20 h
Place: Salón Hacienda

Clown show with live music for adults

Duration: 60 min
Emmanuel Márquez

The Highest, angry at Faust for his desire to know all the secrets of creation, bets with Mephistopheles to provoke Faust to fall into temptation and sin. Mephistopheles, narrator and manipulative character, plays a game where deceit does not hide from the attention of the audience, who also gets manipulated by this seduction.

Schedule: 1st function: 19:40 h | 2nd function: 21:20 h
Place: 1st function: La Isla | 2nd function: Guadalupe Chapel
Monologue

Duration: 50 min

More than just a show, The Game of Life and Death is a ritual where we can live again all the traditions of the Mayans.

Schedule: 22:00 h
Place: Ballgame Court
Pre-Hispanic Expressions

Duration: 30 min
15:00 h, 17:00 h, 18:00 h and 19:00 h
Dance of the Little Quetzals
Children’s group Los Quetzalines of Tlatlauquitepec, Puebla

The Dance of the Little Quetzals is a millennial tradition which is performed in the Sierra Norte of Puebla. The name comes from the quetzal bird, and the wardrobe mimics the beauty of the bird’s plumage.

Schedule: 15:00 h* | 17:00 h* | 19:00 h* | 18:00 h**
Place: *Voladores de Papantla | **Guadalupe Chapel
Traditional Ritual Dance

Duration: 20 min
Cuetzalan, Puebla

Below us is the Talokan, the physical manifestation of the Earth, the place where the tree of life lies, represented during this ritual of the flying pole. From there we make offerings to the tree of life so that water is never scarce in the communities. Stomping out the different melodies simulates the steps of Aueuejcho, guardian of water, who is heard stomping before the rains. Offerings are also made to the four cardinal points, where the sun rises, where the sun sets, to the north, where the head is and to the south, from whence the winds of rain come.

Schedule: 15:20 h | 17:20 h | 19:20 h
Place: Voladores de Papantla
Ritual Dance

Duration: 20 min
Xipetotek Group

An on-stage play put on by the Xipetotec group, in which the life of Zarpazo de Fuego (Fire Blower), also known as Garra de Jaguar (Jaguar Paw), comes to the scene. The spectator will travel through mystical scenery to offer the gods the tribute of ritual dance.

Schedule: 16:30 h | 21:30 h
Place: Mayan Village
Dance

Duration: 30 min
Ballet of Atlixco, Puebla

Banquet dances are rooted in European dancing squads. “Las chinas atlixquenses” came to these fandangos wearing silk shoes. The “charros” were always by their side handing reeds with mezcal to all the people. The china atlixquense is the woman who lives in the Central Valleys, specifically the Atlixco region, and who sell agricultural products in markets.

Schedule: 17:00 h
Place: Esplanade
Folkloric Ballet

Duration: 30 min
Ballet Nuestras Raíces of Puebla

The Tecuanes dance is staged in the states of Guerrero and Puebla; it represents the work of the farmer sowing and harvesting, and his fight against the tiger.

Schedule: 17:10 h
Place: Open Theater
Folkloric Ballet

Duration: 30 min
Sac Nicté Há Group of Kantunilkín

A couple of friends who shared the same love of dance have an accident. They are now in the great beyond, and being together again share their nostalgia of those times when life was enjoyed with parties, dances and traditions. Today, our traditions and dances give us the opportunity to interact with our loved ones.

Schedule: 1st function: 17:30 h | 2nd function: 21:10 h
Place: 1st function at Mayan Village | 2nd function at Esplanade
Folkloric Dance

Duration: 45 min
Yoloxochitl Ballet of Huaquechula, Puebla

The May 3rd dances are a unique celebration and the liveliest party of the year, with 34 Christian stewardships, a pilgrimage with more than 40 crosses, dances, flowers and food to enjoy.

Schedule: 1st function: 18:00 h | 2nd function: 20:30 h
Place: 1st function at Ballgame Court | 2nd function at Open Theater
Folkloric Ballet

Duration: 30 min
Ballet of the House of Culture of Cozumel

The story of the Red Queen of Palenque transports us to the life of this important Mayan ruler through dance. Her death caused a great stir among the Mayan people.Through time we go back to the funeral rites of the Red Queen. Tz'akbu Ajaw is back and tells her story.

Schedule: 1st function: 18:15 h | 2nd function: 20:30 h
Place: 1st function at Main Plaza | 2nd function at Mayan Village
Folkloric Ballet

Duration: 45 min
Youth Ballet Nuestras Raíces

How many of us avoid the arrival of the pixanes? There was a man in the land of the Maya who wanted to see them. Disguised, he waited for their arrival. Time passed, and while dozing, the inexplicable happened; they came and took him to share the biggest celebration he’d ever seen in his land. Through parades, troubadours and peninsular carnivals, the man’s curiosity was fulfilled. But was it real or just a dream? What do you think?

Schedule: 18:30 h
Place: Mayan Village
Ballet Folclórico

Duration: 40 min
Cultural Festival of Puebla

Huey Atlixcáyotl is a cultural music and dance festival from Atlixco and several geographic regions from the state of Puebla. It takes place the last Sunday of September on the hill of San Miguel, where Netotiloyan, a millennial ceremonial center which in Nahuatl means “dance hill”, is located.

Schedule: 19:00 h
Place: Ballgame Court
Assemble Dance

Duration: 40 min
Group of Axolotl Chignahuapan, Puebla

In Chignahuapan, the festival has a unique connotation, since it is here where the first contact between death and the world of the living takes place after crossing the Chignahuapan river, the first test in their inescapable trip to Mictlán. It takes place on November 1st, staging one of the richest and more meaningful celebrations about the pre-Hispanic tradition of honoring the dead.

Schedule: 19:30 h
Place: Mayan Village
Pre-Hispanic Dance

Duration: 30 min
Tlalixtlipa and "Las mujeres alegres" of Zacatlán

The Dance of the Negritos integrates various types and tells of the death of a captain at the hands of the Maringuilla, a woman carrying a snake that serves as her killing instrument. San Miguel Tenango is one of the towns that preserves its cultural richness, manifested through traditional clothing made on waist and pedal looms, handmade clay utensils and traditional dances.

Schedule: 19:40 h | 21:10 h
Place: Main Plaza
Traditional and Festive Dance

Duration: 25 min
Folkloric Group Tlatecatzin of Huauchinango, Puebla

Accompanied by dances, chanting and traditional food, the Xantolo celebration or Day of the Dead is characterized by the devotion, care and unity in which the inhabitants of the little communities await the arrival of those who are no longer with them.

Schedule: 19:40 h
Place: Esplanade
Folkloric Ballet

Duration: 30 min
16:00 h
Xcaret Jaranera Orchestra Reunion
Xcaret Jaranera Orchestra Reunion

The Xcaret Jaranera Band was created with the purpose to rescue, preserve and contribute the great musical heritage of the region surrounding the Yucatán Peninsula. Between the years 1845 and 1900 Cuban Master Jacinto Cuevas, a musician, composer, producer and trombonist settled in Mérida, Yucatán, and with musicians of the region funded the first Symphonic Band of Yucatán. From there on out, the popular music known as jaranas came to life, joining the Cuban danzones, pasacalles and contradanzas in becoming a part of the wide demonstrations of talent from Yucatán. The Xcaret Jaranera Band, in this new millennium, recaptures the original idea of Master Jacinto Cuevas to share joy and fun with all visitors.

Schedule: 16:00 h
Place: Shop Entrance
Traditional Music

Duration: 45 min
El Alma de Felipe Carrillo Puerto

La Charanga de Carrillo Puerto is interpreted with music and animated by portraying typical jaranas that invite us to dance to their contagious melodies. The songs they perform in this festival are derived from ancient regional compositions, and a peculiar mix of themes and European rhythms, tinged with the ancient expressions of the musical soul of the Mayan people.

Schedule: 16:00 h | 17:30 h | 19:00 h | 20:30 h
Place: Cemetery Entrance
Traditional Music

Duration: 45 min
Felipe Carrillo Puerto Traditional Group

The Felipe Carrillo Puerto group conveys through their music an expression of the feeling of the people preserving their traditions. The Maya Paax could be heard on days of celebration, and each beat gets its moment of presentation established by tradition.

Schedule: 16:00 h
Place: Esplanade
Traditional Music

Duration: 45 min
Felipe Carrillo Puerto Orchestra

The multi-piece orchestra of Felipe Carrillo Puerto has consolidated the cultural presence of the Mayan region in different states of the north, center and south of the country, where they have had successful presentations. With eight years of experience they delight by playing a musical series of jaranas, cumbias, ballads and Caribbean music.

Schedule: 16:30 h and 19:30 h
Place: Picadero
Traditional Music

Duration: 30 min
Dir. Manuel Cervantes

The marimba, a musical instrument played with great enthusiasm by skilled Xcaret musicians, has been part of Mexico since the old days. In the southeast of the country, mainly Chiapas, the whole cycle of a person’s life, birthdays, christenings, weddings and funerals are accompanied by this joyful and beautiful instrument that in this occasion will cheer up the living and the souls of the dead.

Schedule: 16:45 h | 18:15 h | 19:45 h | 21:15 h
Place: Cemetery Entrance
Traditional Music

Duration: 45 min
“Terrock” Mexican group

La Cosa Monstra, a “terrock” Mexican group for kids and other scary things, narrates about the origins of the band and the adversities the five disastrous members go through by trying to crash into Heaven after many years of agonizing on Earth.

Schedule: 18:00 h
Place: Open Theater
Music

Duration: 60 min
El Bajo Mundo del Contra

New adjustments in the underworld have given the catrina the duty to set up a new orchestra. Tired of the arrogance of the violinists, the sound of the trumpets and the same classic songs of the Day of the Dead, she decides to test which instrument can communicate the strenght and passion required to accompany the transition from life to death.

Schedule: 20:15 h
Place: Salón Hacienda
Music

Duration: 45 min
Lila Downs

“Bullets and Chocolate” is a concert named after Lila Downs’ new album, in which hope and a better future are the themes that she sings about. Based on Day of the Dead topics, and the festive cosmogony Mexicans and Latin Americans have towards death.

Schedule: 22:30 h
Place: Gran Tlachco
Gala Concert

Duration: 70 min
16:00 to 22:30 h
Mexican Cemetery

The Mexican cemetery of the Mayan people is perfumed and dressed of marigolds and candles that adorn the graves to receive the dead ones. Between colors, smells and epitaphs, the living and the dead roam on this bridge to paradise.

Schedule: 16:00 to 22:30 h
Place: Cemetery
Self-Guided Tour

Duration: Permanent
Alejandra Díaz de Cossío

Walking with Spirits of the Jungle is a staging of Alejandra Diaz de Cossio, which presents the themes of beliefs, stories, myths and legends over the man-jungle relationship of the Mayan communities that has manifested over time. The Mestizo, gum-harvesters and the workers who have lived every day in and of the jungle, will be our guides and narrators of these mysterious life experiences.

Schedule: 16:00 to 21:30 h (every half hour)
Place: Jungle Trail
Dramatized Tour for the Public in Motion

Duration: 30 min
16:00 h
Angels, Cherubs and Crowns!

Every year, many schools of the Playa del Carmen community are invited to prepare an act for the Festival. This time the theme is Death in the state of Puebla of New Spain and the Crowned Nuns. They compose verses alluding to the Festival, so the children can sing and dance to them. This way everybody learns new things about the history and culture of these traditions, they dress accordingly and enjoy the wonderful heritage. Follow this fun troupe, from Tlachco to the Voladores de Papantla!

Schedule: 16:00 h
Place: Starting outside Gran Tlachco and finishing at the Voladores de Papantla pole
Parade

Duration: 90 min
16:00 to 22:30 h
Altars with Culinary Demonstrations
Guest Communities of Puebla

Exhibition and sale of traditional Day of the Dead cuisine.

Schedule: 16:00 to 22:30 h
Place: Esplanade

Duration: 6 h 30 m approx.
Guest Communities of Quintana Roo

Exhibition and sale of traditional Day of the Dead cuisine.

Schedule: 16:00 to 22:30 h
Place: Esplanade

Duration: 6 h 30 m approx.
Guest Communities of Yucatán

Exhibition and sale of traditional Day of the Dead cuisine.

Schedule: 16:00 to 22:30 h
Place: Esplanade

Duration: 6 h 30 m approx.

Exhibition of traditional altars.

Schedule: 16:00 to 22:30 h
Place: Platforms

Duration: 6 h 30 m approx.
Xcaret Park Partners and Guests

Exhibition of altars dedicated to the tradition of Hanal Pixan.

Schedule: 16:00 to 22:30 h
Place: Platforms

Duration: 6 h 30 m approx.

Exhibition of traditional altars.

Schedule: 16:00 to 22:30 h
Place: Platforms

Duration: 6 h 30 m approx.

Exhibition of traditional altars.

Schedule: 16:00 to 22:30 h
Place: Platforms

Duration: 6 h 30 m approx.
Antonio Álvarez Morán

Exhibition of works by the artist Antonio Álvarez Morán, belonging to the "Colorful Deceit" series. Within the exhibition can be found "portraits of portraits of crowned nuns," a selection of works in which from a study of the representation of the nuns in the history of painting, an imaginary and timeless urban living space inhabited by them arises.

Schedule: 16:00 to 22:30 h
Place: Ballgame Court
Individual Painting Exposition

Duration: 6 h 30 m approx.
Rodolfo Villena

Exhibition and giant-sized display of a representative offering of Puebla at the entrance of the festival with traditional dishes, decorations, candles and related items.Rodolfo Villena's work has been exhibited in galleries and museums in New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, London, Mexico City, Puebla and Morelos, even giving demonstrations of the technique called "Traditional Cartonería". National First Place of the "Grand Prize of Folk Art".

Schedule: 16:00 to 22:30 h
Place: Main Plaza
Painting

Duration: 6 h 30 m approx.
Solferino House of Culture

Group exhibition of the children's house of culture of the community of Solferino that embodies the traditions surrounding the Day of the Dead.

Schedule: 16:00 to 22:30 h
Place: Sculptor's Palapa
Painting

Duration: 6 h 30 m approx.

Tochimilco is a land near the Popocatepetl volcano. This municipality provides rich culture during the commemoration of the faithful departed. The offerings still preserve the old traditional way, and the lining of the structures is made exclusively with shredded paper, colored paper and cardboard. Flowers, burning wax, incense and copal, when mixed, they produce a very unique aroma characteristic of this proudly Mexican activity, with the characteristic touch of the beliefs of Tochimilco.

Schedule: 16:00 to 22:30 h
Place: Ballgame Court
Photography

Duration: 6 h 30 m approx.
15:30 to 20:30 h (every hour)
Craft Workshop Puppets and Stories
Rural School

Making a puppet is due to the longing of creating an artistic sensibility and to develop basic knowledge about plastic arts in which humanistic and artistic expertise combine.

Schedule: 15:30 to 20:30 h (every hour)
Place: Mayan Village
Interactive workshop

Duration: Variable

Day of the Dead is a tradition always accompanied by a unique symbol, The Catrina. A character of mexican Folklore, she represents death and our ancestors; it's depicted full of color to make us remember that death is part of the cycle of life.

Schedule: 15:30 to 20:30 h (every hour)
Place: Sculptor's Palapa
Interactive workshop

Duration: Variable

Put a piece of chocolate in your mouth, let it melt and enjoy the bitter taste of the "Food of the Gods". Then sit down and taste between the sweet and the bitter as you experience making your own chocolate on a grinding stone.

Schedule: 16:00 to 21:00 (every hour)
Place: Chocolate Workshop at Mayan Village
Interactive workshop

Duration: Variable

Since many years ago, the calaveritas are part of the urban folklore linked to the celebration of the Day of the Dead.

Schedule: 16:00 to 21:00 h (every hour)
Place: Coconut Workshop at Mayan village
Interactive workshop

Duration: Variable
12:00 to 22:00 h
Colorful Deceit
Antonio Álvarez Morán

Exhibition of works by the artist Antonio Álvarez Morán, belonging to the "Colorful Deceit" series. Within the exhibition can be found "portraits of portraits of crowned nuns," a selection of works in which from a study of the representation of the nuns in the history of painting, an imaginary and timeless urban living space inhabited by them arises.

Schedule: 12:00 to 22:00 h
Place: Lobby of the City Theater of Playa del Carmen
Individual Painting Exposition from the city of Puebla

Duration: Permanent Exhibition
Bodo bodo productions and Artús Chávez

Clown show with live music, where three peculiar characters, a femme fatale, a musician and a mysterious master of ceremonies, work at a cabaret located right in the middle of the path between life and death. In this place they welcome the recently deceased and teach them about what eternity has prepared for them. Deadly Cabaret spoofs the different beliefs about what happens when we die, a show created by artists from France, Denmark, Spain and Mexico.

Schedule: 20:00 h
Place: City Theater of Playa del Carmen
Clown show with live music for adults

Duration: 60 min
12:00 to 22:00 h
Colorful Deceit
Antonio Álvarez Morán

Exhibition of works by the artist Antonio Álvarez Morán, belonging to the "Colorful Deceit" series. Within the exhibition can be found "portraits of portraits of crowned nuns," a selection of works in which from a study of the representation of the nuns in the history of painting, an imaginary and timeless urban living space inhabited by them arises.

Schedule: 12:00 to 22:00 h
Place: Lobby of the City Theater of Playa del Carmen
Individual Painting Exposition from the city of Puebla

Duration: Permanent Exhibition
Raúl Niño

On-stage comedy that narrates Salma Salome’s experiences, who finds out about the passing of a loved one on the border. Salma is concerned because the soul of Cauich (her loved one) haunts her every day, So with the help of a friend and sorcerer she will try to bring peace to Cauh’s pixán (soul).

Schedule: 20:00 h
Place: City Theater of Playa del Carmen
Magia Escénica Company

Duration: 60 min
12:00 to 22:00 h
Colorful Deceit
Antonio Álvarez Morán

Exhibition of works by the artist Antonio Álvarez Morán, belonging to the "Colorful Deceit" series. Within the exhibition can be found "portraits of portraits of crowned nuns," a selection of works in which from a study of the representation of the nuns in the history of painting, an imaginary and timeless urban living space inhabited by them arises.

Schedule: 12:00 to 22:00 h
Place: Lobby of the City Theater of Playa del Carmen
Individual Painting Exposition from the city of Puebla

Duration: Permanent Exhibition
Shadow Theater Explayarte

On-stage interactive show that narrates, through a shadow theater with multimedia projections and pre-Hispanic live music, the legend of a flower we can find in the cenotes, "Nicté Há" and why the woodpecker gaze at it with such devotion. Afterwards at the big jungles of the Riviera Maya we are told how the “Cocay” (firefly) acquire its elegant light which we can admire every night.

Schedule: 20:00 h
Place: City Theater of Playa del Carmen

Duration: 45 min
12:00 to 22:00 h
Colorful Deceit
Antonio Álvarez Morán

Exhibition of works by the artist Antonio Álvarez Morán, belonging to the "Colorful Deceit" series. Within the exhibition can be found "portraits of portraits of crowned nuns," a selection of works in which from a study of the representation of the nuns in the history of painting, an imaginary and timeless urban living space inhabited by them arises.

Schedule: 12:00 to 22:00 h
Place: Lobby of the City Theater of Playa del Carmen
Individual Painting Exposition from the city of Puebla

Duration: Permanent Exhibition
Norberto Valenzuela

México Color Lila is a journey through traditional dances of México, based on the music of the Mexican artist Lila Downs, where life, death, love, despair, culture and traditions are the main themes.

Schedule: 20:00 h
Place: City Theater of Playa del Carmen
Folkloric Dance

Duration: 50 min
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