International Cervantes Festival

Cervantes Festival, International

Spanish novelist, poet, and playwright Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616) is best known for his creation of Don Quixote (1605), a novel that describes the adventures of an elderly knight and his pragmatic squire, Sancho Panza. Cervantes is honored in a three-week festival held in Guanajuato, Mexico, featuring orchestral music, opera, theater, dance, film, and folklore. At the festival's opening ceremony, statues of Don Quixote and Sancho Panza are lit up by fireworks.
Although most festival events are held in the Teatro Juarez and the Teatro Principal, amateur Mexican actors often give street performances of Cervantes's famous one-act plays in the Plaza de San Roque. Various musical performances are a popular attraction, as are art exhibits, children's theater, and folkloric dance ensembles.
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One of Guanajuato's most important annual events, Festival Internacional Cervantino (International Cervantes Festival) celebrates art and culture.
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