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The ‘Mexico: Gateway to the Americas’ Performing Arts Program will promote cultural exchange and dialogue for performers worldwide

Mexico City, May 30, 2006 – “With support from the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City and the U.S.-Mexico Foundation for Culture, the performing arts program “Mexico: Gateway to the Americas,” will open tomorrow and bring more than 80 leading performing artists and professionals to this Latin American cultural capital,” said Ambassador Antonio O. Garza, Jr.

“The American quintet Imani Winds, and Violetta Curry of the Jaime Vilaseca Quartet, are among the talented artists from four continents who will offer 40 showcase presentations to an international audience expected to total 20,000. Venues will include the Palacio de Bellas Artes, the Centro Cultural del Bosque, Casa del Lago, the Auditorio Nacional, the Teatro Helenico, UNAM and CENART,” said Garza.

“Formally entitled the Third Performing Arts Encounter, “Mexico: Gateway to the Americas” will feature a colloquium for arts professionals on grant writing and fund raising, and an exchange of ideas about how to better promote performances internationally. The program will also include an arts market of 110 booths that will provide networking opportunities for artists to meet managers, programmers, and representatives from cultural institutions from around the world, including nine from the United States, to be held from June 2-4 at the Hotel Sheraton Centro Historico,” noted Garza.

“Among the many individuals and institutions that have made this important event possible are Sandra Gibson, President of the Association of Performing Arts Presenters in Washington, D.C.; Rebecca Blunk of the New England Foundation for the Arts; Adam Bernstein of the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation; Eric Hayashi of the Western States Art Federation; Teresa Hollingsworth of the Southern Arts Federation; Stacy Smith of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., and U.S. Embassy Cultural Attaché Marjorie Coffin,” added Garza.

For more information, please contact Amber Sharples of the U.S.-Mexico Foundation for Culture at 011 (5255) 5535-6735, or visit the web page:

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