Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Brilliant Soil

By custom, thousands of artisans in Mexico still use lead based glazes in their pottery without knowing the damage that this toxic element causes to their health.

Herlinda, an indigenous Purepecha potter, is one of the few artisans in her community who uses alternative lead-free glazes. Having achieved safer and healthier living conditions for her family, she faces the difficult task of finding a market for her impressive pieces.

But this does not dull her dreams of having her shop thrive and her brothers return from the United States to rejoin the family tradition.

An unexpected trip could crystallize this dream.

Friday, February 22, 2013

23rd Annual Morelia Guitar Festival

23rd Annual International Morelia Guitar Festival
The 8th to the 12th of April 

The International Guitar Festival of Morelia was founded by renowned guitarist Raul Olmos in 1991 and aims to show and expand knowledge in this sublime art. To promote and disseminate the music in all possible expressions, as well as recitals and concerts in various cultural spaces and schools within the city, the municipality and within the state.

One of the most important concerns of conducting this festival is to promote and foster awakening creativity of future generations. Capture the interest and curiosity of the general public. Expand and promote existing talent. Concentrating on different experiences, cultures and ideas to expand the expectations of our town, state and country. So the main objective of this festival is to create an open forum for young artists of Michoacan, contributing to their development.

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