Introducing De Pueblo a Pueblo!

De Pueblo a Pueblo (From Town to Town) is an eight-week celebration in Spring 2012 (April 27 through June 16) that will honor our local Mexican community by promoting greater understanding of traditional arts, language, and history of our southern neighbors. The citywide festival will connect this growing population and their customs with a broader Philadelphia audience.

This festival will kick off on April 27 with the opening reception for Echele Ganas:  A Life Left Behind, a photographic exhibition featuring the people of Sierra Norte de Puebla, a rural mountainous region in Mexico. This event and exhibition will take place at Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens and will serve as the geographic and visual hub of De Pueblo a Pueblo.

Over 25 participating groups are providing more than forty opportunities to learn more about Mexican culture and have fun in the process.  Hands-on activities, performances, traditional foods, crafts and folk art, and discussions about immigration provide many windows to learn about our neighbors south-of-the-border.

De Pueblo A Pueblo was formed in partnership primarily with artist Laurence Salzmann, Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens, the Mexican Cultural Center, and Casa Monarca.  Salzmann saw his recent series of photo essays as catalysts to connect the Mexican population of Philadelphia through meaningful, relationship-building programs and events.  The festival Advisory Committee, comprised of many supporters of the local Mexican community, developed the concept for De Pueblo a Pueblo and coordinates the participants.