Riviera Nayarit and Puerto Vallarta are coming together to raise awareness towards protecting the humpback whale and the natural riches of Bahía de Banderas in the third edition of the Ballenarte Conservation Festival, the event will run from March 20-23, 2018.

The event is led by the National Commission of Natural Protected Areas (CONANP by its acronym in Spanish) via the Islas Marietas National Park administration, in coordination with Whale Ecology and Conservation (ECOBAC by its acronym in English), which receives support from the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) and the Bahía de Banderas Hotel and Motel Association (AHMBB).

The Ballenarte Conservation Festival, the only one of its kind in the region, offers a series of ecological, cultural, and recreational activities to engage the local community, domestic and foreign tourists, and, of course, the children from both tourism destinations so as to inform them of the importance of learning more about these marine giants and their safeguarding.

According to biologist Astrid Frisch Jordán, Director at ECOBAC, every winter some 500 humpback whales arrive in Bahía de Banderas in order to mate, and about 40 calves are born in these waters every year. The cetaceans remain in the area for four months from December through March.

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Puerto Vallarta's International Film Festival (FICPV) is turning 18 this year! The University of Guadalajara's Centro Universitario de la Costa will welcome actors, film directors and movie fanatics from all over the world to the biggest cinema related event in the area and they'll celebrate this milestone by going all out with the Catalonia region as the guest of honor. 

From March 12 to 23, moviegoers will enjoy twelve consecutive days of a selection of more than 40 films from Mexico and the world, with the region of Catalonia as guest of honor. Parks and public forums, educational and cultural institutions, shopping centers, restaurants and other entertainment centers have been added as screening venues for this year's featured films.

This year's program includes more than 40 film screenings that are free and open to the general public; divided into eleven sections: Official, Academic, Senior, Environmental, Cross-border Cinema, Short Films, Echoes of the Cork Film Festival, Gourmet, Children, Musical and Maguey Awards.

The International Film Festival in Puerto Vallarta (FICPV) also includes the delivery of the "Golden Iguana" award, to prominent figures from the world of cinema, and parallel activities such as the Huston Film and Literature Chair. In its 18th edition, the FICPV will recognize with the golden award: director, screenwriter and producer Erika Lust; director and television producer, Dan Attias; to the production of the documentary by Jean-Michel Cousteau and Jean-Jacques Mantello, The Wonders of the Sea; and Irish screenwriter Mark O'Halloran.

Read more about The Night of the Iguana, the film classic that inspired this festival's biggest award.

Source: Banderas News

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 This year the event will be called Voilá! and will combine circus, orchestra, and the presentation of more than 150 young artists. It will be held at Bodega Circo, located on one side of the Bodega 3 on Tercer Mundo Avenue. The show kicks off at 7:30 p.m.

From March 21-24, this school—located in the tourism destination of San Francisco, Nayarit, known as the Cultural Capital of the Riviera Nayarit—will be transformed into an elaborate, fabulous stage for the talented kids and teens in this unique production. On this occasion, the Puerto Vallarta Orchestra School will be joining them.

The Circo de los Niños was created in 2011 by Gilles Ste-Croix, co-founder of the Cirque du Soleil, and designed by Monique Voyer. What started as an introduction to the circus arts has become a one-of-a-kind school with a professional team of instructors and an ever-growing number of students looking to experiment with the magic of the circus and other performing arts.

The children chosen to participate in the show live in San Pancho and Sayulita, and many of them have been with the program since its inception. They work hard five days a week from one to five hours a day, depending on their age, interest, and level of instruction. All proceeds from the event will be funneled to the youth program for San Pancho’s Circo de los Niños. The seats are all general admission, with the exception of a special area designated for the donors to the Dreamcatchers fund.

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Source: Vallarta Daily


Act II announced its 2018-2019 theater season and is looking for cast members for next season's shows! General Auditions will be held at Act II Stages on Saturday, March 17, at 1:00 pm. The Act II Entertainment STAGES complex is located on the corner of Insurgentes and Basilio Badillo on the South side of Puerto Vallarta. 

Many people have told us that they would like to be involved in the theater, but are feeling scared or shy. You absolutely don't need to be afraid! Most of our performers on the Main Stage have never acted before, or may not have acted since high school. When you are cast into a production at Act II, you will go through an 8-week rehearsal process with the best directors in Mexico! You will learn how to act, you will make new friends, and you will become a part of the very special "Act II Family!"

We are excited to announce the list of shows that we plan on doing next year! Little Shop of Horrors, Hair, The Great American Trailer Park Musical, Rogers and Hammerstein's Cinderella, The Gershwin Music review, Nunsense AMEN, and I Love You You're Perfect, Now Change.

High on our wish list is Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, and to celebrate the very beginning of great theater in Puerto Vallarta, Act II Owner, Danny Mininni, will return to the Director's Chair with the play that started it all in Puerto Vallarta, The Foreigner. (All shows are subject to change, depending on casting.)

Come and join the fun at Act II Entertainment! Audition Saturday, March 17 at 1:00 pm!

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Source: Banderas News


Murphy’s Irish Pub on the Malecón is hosting their annual Pre Saint Patrick’s Day charity event and Celtfest on Wednesday March 14th.

Pre St. Patrick’s Charity Event, will be held from Noon to 3 pm and the pub will be offering a $250 pesos ALL YOU CAN EAT Buffett – Corned Beef N Cabbage, Guinness Stew, Fish N Chips, Mashed Potatoes, and Garden Salad. There will also be a Donation Raffle of Patron Tequila & 50-50 Drawing from 12-3 pm.

Entertainment: The Clan Macnaughton Pipe Band (Edmonton, Alberta) and Larry Foley (Traditional Pub Musician from St.John’s Newfoundland). Noon to 12:15 – Clan Macnaughton Pipe Band. 12:15 to 3 pm – Larry Foley.

‘Vallarta Celtfest,’ a live music celebration set to be held on the Malecón, across from Murphy’s and next to El Faro, on Wednesday, March 14 from 4-7 pm. There is no cost to attend event on the Malecon but voluntary charitable donations will be accepted.

Proceeds from these events will benefit the Playground in Vista Hermosa and Projecto Busca un Amigo a day care center for Handicap Children located in Pitial and the Jay Sadler Project.

Murphy’s Irish Pub is located at Morelos 484, in downtown Puerto Vallarta. For more information contact Dennis Rike of the Jay Sadler Project at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 322-138-8891

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Source: Vallarta Daily