Monday, August 7
Festivals in Modern Mexico
by Chloe Sayer
The Spanish Conquest of 1521 saw priests use theatrical representation as a method of instruction. Centuries later, ceremonies still draw on the pre-Christian beliefs and practices of ancient civilisations exhibited in many of the yearly festival cycles. The Mexican Fiesta - visually splendid, flamboyant processions, masked dances and elaborate costumes. Feel like you are part of the Fiesta as Chloe gives us insights into the costly preparations, the floral creations, the music, the incense, and the exuberant firework displays.
Author, lecturer, photographer, and curator, Chloe specialises in the art and culture of Mexico. She has made an ethnographic collection featuring clothing and culture for the British Museums of Mexico, Belize, and the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto. The Mexican Day of the Dead was also a source of inspiration as co-curator of the 'Exhibition of Mankind' for the British Museum.
ARRIVE FROM 6:15 PM | LECTURE 7 PM
CESSNOCK PERFORMING ARTS CENTRE
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