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Cervantes Festival Features Graffiti

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A year of planning, and it’s finally ready. The inaugural Festival Cervantes, Writing Art will be held from Thursday through Saturday.

“We wanted to use music, art and literature to bring different cultures together,” says Milly Castañeda-Ledwith, cultural events coordinator at the Instituto Cervantes. “It really doesn’t matter where you are from, but music, art and literature really do break down barriers.”

Castañeda-Ledwith says the festival will kick off with a reception for Mexican graffiti artist Neuzz at the Latin American and Iberian Institute on the University of New Mexico campus. The graffiti art is part of the “Abuelo Goyito” series, which has been seen in Mexico and across Latin America.

If you go
WHAT: Festival Cervantes, Art Writing
WHEN: Various times Thursday-Saturday
WHERE: Various locations

“Neuzz is going to come from Mexico and create a piece of art work that will be put on the wall of Marble Brewery,” she says. “He is known around the world for his graffiti art and the messages that each piece conveys.”

Castañeda-Ledwith says Neuzz takes his inspiration from stories that were told to him by his grandfather.

“A lot of them deal with Aztec lore,” she says. “It’s beautiful to see his interpretations of those stories.”

Castañeda-Ledwith says getting Neuzz to come is a big deal, because he’s such a well-known artist.

“We worked very hard on getting him here and worked with the Mexican Consulate to make that happen,” she says.

Along with the art, there will be music by Burque Sonidero, Felix y Los Gatos and four DJs who are from the Duke City and San Francisco.

There also will be a book presentation by Salvadorian author Jorge Argueta, who will be reading from his children’s book “Guacamole.”

“We wanted to include literature because April 23 is International Book Day,” she says. “It’s important for us to keep bringing events that teach through the arts.”

All events are free. The schedule is as follows:

♦ 4 p.m. Thursday – Opening exhibit of Mexican graffiti artist, Latin American and Iberian Institute, UNM campus;

♦ 8 p.m. Friday – Burque Sonidero and Felix y Los Gatos, Marble Brewery, 111 Marble NW;

♦ 3:30 p.m. Saturday – “Guacamole” reading by Jorge Argueta, National Hispanic Cultural Center, 1704 Fourth SW;

♦ 4 p.m. Saturday – DJ Ill Audia, DJ Ch’Osh, DJ Zia Zombie, DJ Sarah Cat, Marble Brewery, 111 Marble NW.
— This article appeared on page C02 of the Albuquerque Journal

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