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The Encuentro Nacional del Mariachi Tradicional (National Encounter of Traditional Mariachi, or ENMT) is celebrating its 18th anniversary from August 11-17, 2019.

The spirit of Mexico's rich culture runs hot in the veins of its Mariachi, the musical icons who serenade the nation's boulevards, public squares, and sidewalks with a brand and style of music that is both unique and legendary. Like the Charros (Mexican Cowboys), the Mariachi is a symbol of nationalism and culture, tracing its origins to the State of Jalisco.

So it's only logical that the Encuentro Nacional del Mariachi Tradicional (The National Encounter of Traditional Mariachi, or ENMT) will celebrate its 18th anniversary from August 11-17, 2019 with a program that will run for eight days in nine public venues in the Guadalajara region of the state.

The neighborhoods of Analco and Las Nueve Esquinas, in Guadalajara; El Malecón de Coexcomatitlán, in Tlajomulco; and El Barrio Pedro Moreno, in Tonalá, are just some of the places that will host this celebration that will feature 35 Mariachi groups, 35 activities, 18 Fandangos, and three galas at the historic Degollado Theater in Guadalajara.

The Traditional Mariachi ensemble is smaller than the modern group, consisting of as few as four musicians who play only string instruments. The vihuela, a small, high-pitched five string guitar with a rounded back, and the guitarron, a stout guitar-shaped bass, are two of the distinctive instruments essential to a Mariachi troupe.

Music and dance coexist in Traditional Mariachi. Small ensembles perform traditional repertoires in musical genres such as Jarabe, Minuete, Polka, Valona, Choti, Vals and Corrido, and are accompanied by dancers wearing heels that tap to the music on a wooden stage. Sometimes the musicians themselves act as the zapateadores.

Source: Banderas News

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The Office of Cultural Projects (OPC), along with the clothing brand Hilo y El Mar, invite you  to the Llévele! Pop-Up Store, where residents and visitors will be able to acquire and get to know the different products local brands have to offer.

A varied collection of clothes and accessories where artists and brands such as Antonio Gradilla, Casa Fu, Daniel Rangel, Hilo y El Mar, Javiera Pintocanales (Taller Pez), Jazmín de la Torre, Nautilus Visual Explorers, Palma Leone y Siruela will showcase and sell some of their unique and original designs.

Besides, Pop Store will have the presence of different food and beverage establishments such as Gernika Pintxos, with their recognized tapas; craft beer by Cervecería El Terrible, mexican wines by Uncork México and raicilla by Tres Hombres.

It is important to mention that part of the raised funds will be on behalf of the creation of  more open and free activities organized by OPC.

The date is this Saturday August 31st of 2019 at OPC (Juárez 598, El Centro) at 5:00pm. Find more information by clicking here.

Source: Vallarta Lifestyles

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The Act II Entertainment STAGES complex is located on the corner of Insurgentes and Basilio Badillo on the South side of Puerto Vallarta. Tickets can be purchased online at actiientertainment.com, or at the box office, which opens at 4:00 pm on show days. For more information, call (322) 222-1512, or follow Act II on Facebook.

Summer entertainment is going on strong at Act II, TripAdvisor's #1 Cabaret, Theater and Concert Venue in Puerto Vallarta. This week's lineup includes the final performance of 'Twist & Shout'; Bob's Karaoke Party; Us Two's 'ABBA & Elton John' show; 'Lollipop,' a vintage pop concert; and two hilarious stage plays in Spanish.

PLAYING THIS WEEK AT ACT II

Terrific Tuesday, August 6

8:00 pm - "Bob's Karaoke Party," the best Karaoke Night in town - and no cover charge!

Wonderful Wednesday, August 7

7:30 pm - "Best of ABBA & Elton John," featuring 2019 Best Band award winner, Us Two and their LIVE BAND

Tantalizing Thursday, August 8

8:00 pm - Summer Concert Series: "Lollipop," a band featuring a vintage twist on songs from the 90s and beyond!

Fabulous Friday, August 9

8:30 pm - "El Ornitorrinco," an adult stage play, performed in Spanish (FINAL SHOW!)

 

Source: Banderas News

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Thanks to the great demand for the Mexico City – Puerto Vallarta direct route they began operating on June 13, Aeromar increased the route to five days a week for the current summer season and is planning on operating daily for the upcoming winter high season.

Because the Mexico City – Puerto Vallarta route had such a great response, the airline announced that starting in November the previously 4 days a week flight will begin operating daily, with an added 2 flights per day from Thursday to Sunday during that month.

They also announced that during the winter high season the route will offer two daily flights, until January 10, 2020, plus a third weekday flight during the school off season, stating on December 16.

For now, in response to the high demand for the summer season, the airline has added a Sunday flight, bringing the number to five days a week for the summer.

The point of the frequency of these flights is to strengthen connectivity between Mexico City and the best beach destinations in the country, as well as giving a better travel option to all the users who are looking to visit one of the most iconic regions in the country.

Source: NotiVallarta (Spanish)

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The number of bookings to the Mexican Pacific destinations, such as Puerto Vallarta, Los Cabos and Acapulco, are growing at double digits.

The sargassum problem and a lack of promotion has hurt tourism in Quintana Roo and made Puerto Vallarta and Los Cabos rebound. The seaweed invasion has hit the Mexican Caribbean hotel industry hard. Despite the fact that the Easter vacation period fell in April this year, which should have boosted tourist arrivals, the number of occupied hotel rooms in Cancun and Puerto Morelos was lower than in the same month of last year.

In these destinations, hotel occupancy was 80.2 percent, 5.9 percentage points less than what was registered in April last year, according to data from the Tourism Secretariat of Quintana Roo. In Riviera Maya, hotel occupancy was at 83 percent, down 4.1 percentage points from 2018.

For the Hotel Association of the Riviera Maya (AHRM) the expected hotel occupancy for April was 85 percent, but instead the number of reservations fell 10 percent. "Not all beaches are affected at the same time (by sargassum), we must inform tourists that hotels in the affected areas pick the seaweed up daily, and some have placed containment projects in the waters in front of their properties to keep their beaches clean," commented the executive director of the AHRM, Manuel Paredes.

Jorge Hernández, president of the Mexican Association of Travel Agencies (AMAV), said that the decline in tourism has affected Cancun to a greater extent. Travel agencies are informing tourists of the sargassum problem in Quintana Roo and are suggesting alternatives such as Mazatlan, Manzanillo, Puerto Vallarta, Huatulco or Gulf beach destinations. Puerto Vallarta and Los Cabos are the destinations for which most have exchanged their reservations, he said.

Source: Banderas News

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