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Deepak Chopra & Placido Domingo at Ficmaya in Merida

Posted by Oliver Weickardt on 2015-11-26
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Would you like to listen to Placido Domingo, Joan Manuel Serrat, Deepak Chopra or Masaru Emoto in the same week? And what if we tell you it will be for free? Yes, that’s right. The International Festival of Mayan Culture (FICMAYA) that will take place in Merida from Oct 17th to Nov 3rd 2013 comes with a program packed with star performances, presentations, discussions and tours to delight the most exquisite tastes. The great news is that most of the performances are available to the public for free. We have no doubts the 2013 edition will be a springboard for the Mexican tourism industry, building on its success in 2012.

The slogan of this year’s edition is The Landscape and will get down to the core of our relationship to nature and the need for its preservation. Maybe that’s why ex-presidential candidate and environmentalist Al Gore will be one of the speakers at the Festival.

Whether you are one of the lucky expats living in Merida or you are just planning a Mexico vacation to lift your spirits, the International Festival of Mayan Culture in Merida will provide you with all the entertainment and cultural immersion you might crave in the most elegant surroundings. Different museums in the city and classic Yucatan haciendas will be venues for the most popular events, while organized tours of the Mayan cenotes and other natural treasures will be on offer too.

The Festival has ensured the participation of many different countries from around the globe, from neighboring countries such as Belize, Honduras and Cuba to faraway lands in Asia and Europe such as China, Iran, Japan, Greece and Switzerland. Classic dance and music adepts will relish the chance to see the Russian Ballet of Moiseyev, the Symphonic Orchestra of Costa Rica, the Instituto Nacional Cervantino of Maria Pagés and its classic flamenco shows or the circus performers and magicians coming from France.

With a variety of settings in several towns besides Merida such as the “magical town” of Izamal, Progreso and Valladolid, the Festival aims to provide an educational meeting of researchers, academics, artists and scientists to brainstorm ideas on how to rescue, preserve and defend the natural treasures of the traditional Mayan landscape and use their timeless wisdom for a sustainable coexistence between man and nature in the new Baktún that started on Dec 21st, 2012.

Dr Emoto and Deepak Chopra are New Age gurus on its own right due to their work on innovative paradigms for the new times ahead. They promote the ideas of quantum principles applied to human consciousness that have been made popular in the last decades and will indeed provide a hook that will attract many visitors from abroad. We certainly will be sitting on the edge of our seats with wide open eyes and ears to absorb the knowledge vibrations that will be floating in the air during their talks.

Villa Experience founder is German born but loves all thing Mexico! He has lived in the country since 2003 and has experienced Mexico´s premier destinations at first hand. His favorite destinations are the Yucatan Peninsula, Baja California Sur, and Puerto Vallarta.