A special Maya Culture Festival will be held from Dec. 14 through Dec. 22,announced Governor Rolando Zapata Bello of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. The festival will involve a wide variety of different events,including several prominent speakers,such as Nobel Prize-winning astrophysicist Brian P. Schmidt,Carl Sagan’s son Dorion Sagan and Harvard astronomer Jorge Luis Felipe Rodriguez,Ph.D,among others.
“The Maya Culture Festival is a project intended to be permanent in order to open a cultural space for dialogs on this topic,combining a role of culture,supporting our collective memory and manifestations of our identity,as well as position Yucatan in the field of cultural tourism,” shared governor Zapata Bello.
The festival will take place throughout Riviera Maya real estate,with various programs also in the works for the towns of Merida,Valladolid and Izamel. Activities will include visits to the Yucatan’s 22 most popular ancient archaeological sites,as well as concerts,dining and educational opportunities. In addition,there will be book presentations,symposiums,film festivals and various exhibitions. Festivities will even extend to the smaller municipalities of Kanasin,Motul,Tekax and Progreso.
Other scheduled speakers include author Bruce Scofield,who wrote “Maya-Aztec” and is pursuing a Ph.D. in Earth Science from the University of Massachusetts; award-winning physicist and mathematician Jaime Urrutia Fucugauchi; and Maricela Ayala Falcon,Ph.D.,who specializes in Maya hieroglyphic writing at the Institute of Latin American Studies at the University of Austin,Texas.
“We must give a new value to our tourism,so it can be positioned in a global cultural market,” shared the governor.
In addition to a growing wave of visiting travelers and tourists from around the world,the local Maya communities,entrepreneurs,researchers,the arts and cultural community,tourism service providers and three levels of government officials are all expected to attend portions of the Maya Culture Festival 2012.