Bicentennial parade to showcase Mexican creativity

19:07, September 15, 2010      

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Mexico's bicentennial parade will show a fresh side of the nation, namely its widespread creativity, the producers said in a recent interview with Xinhua.

"One of the things that took me by surprise is that the depth of creative talent is just extraordinary," Ric Birch, one of the two producers, said. "I had never been aware of how experienced and really capable the artistic community in Mexico is."

"There is a great deal of government support for the arts, and all the people in the creative business have a fine arts degree," Birch said.

Working with the president's office, producers spent six months tapping ideas from Mexican artists who would be a part of the final show.

"We basically have three parallel and almost simultaneous celebrations as well as television production on top of everything," Birch said. "It involves over 7,000 performers, who will be marching down Paseo (de la) Reforma, which is like the Champs Elysees of Mexico City."

Finally, all the performers will come together in the city's center, Constitution Square, where President Felipe Calderon will give the call of independence called "the shout," followed by big fireworks, Birch said.

The show's musical director, Felipe Fernandez del Paso, said the show would highlight Mexico's role as guiding star of the region's musical culture.

"All of Latin America's music came via Cuba, but it was internationalized via Mexico," the director said. "It became everyone's music because it was featured in Mexico's golden age films."

During the 1950s and 1960s, Mexico was a Spanish-speaking Hollywood, producing films that became cultural icons.

The music and its performers also represent how international Mexico's artists are today, and also their versatility.

"The Mexican creative directors did a fantastic job," Marco Balich, the show's exective producer, said, adding that the show could give Mexico a fresh image around the world.

Mexico's media focus too much on its problems instead of its history and culture, which are as rich as any other country's in the region, he argued.

"Because I am Italian, I very much understand the Mexican way of thinking," he said. "We are Latinos, and we love to party. But Mexico has a really interesting history and culture that needs to be better known."

Balich said it is his job to ensure that Mexico's uniqueness is emphasized, and not to impose the vision of any outsider.

"All the ideas come from the Mexican creative directors. We are just here to make them visible to the hundreds of thousands of people that are going to watch it on the 15th at night," he said.

He described the Mexicans as very gentle, with a profound sense of their nation's history.

"Inside they are very proud, but for some reason they have been treated in an unpleasant way," he said. "I hope that with this show, we can help Mexicans develop a sense of pride in who they are and what they can do."

Source: Xinhua


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