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Beyond the Wall/Más Allá del Muro
Friday, November 17, 2017 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm MST
Binational Festival Brings 15 Foot Tall Puppets to Celebrate Nogales. The Southwest Folklife Alliance is pleased to co-sponsor “Beyond the Wall/Más Allá del Muro, two-day binational festival celebrating the unique culture of the borderlands and “Ambos Nogales,” November 24-25, 2017. The event features 15-foot tall puppets, an art exhibit, block party and concert, in venues in both Nogales, Arizona and Nogales, Sonora. The event’s aim is to unit the communities through culture, positivity, and optimism.
Friday, Nov 24, 7pm
Art Exhibit, Nogales, Sonora
Works from urban artists on both sides of the border
Museo de Arte de Nogales (Av. Adolfo López Mateos 120, Fundó Legal, Centro, 84000 Nogales)
Saturday, Nov. 25, 10am-4pm
Block Party: Nogales, Arizona
Displays of local arts and businesses
La Placita (Nasib Karam Park)
Saturday, Nov. 25, 4-10pm
Concert & Festival
Join Colectivo Taco de Perro for a concert featuring musicians from both Mexico and the U.S.
Plaza Pesquiera in Nogales, Sonora
For more information, visit www.PuppetsAtTheBorder.com
Beyond the Wall is led by Ana Díaz Barriga, Jess Kaufman, and Zulema Rodriguez, with Stephanie Bermudez and Raul Leyva leading the events in Nogales Arizona and Sonora (respectively). Ana Díaz Barriga is a puppeteer and theater artist from Mexico City, who has performed in Italy, UK, the Czech Republic and Mexico. Díaz Barriga’s puppetry training includes work with Gyre & Gymble, Yael Rasooly and Improbable. Kaufman and Díaz Barriga met while studying at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama (London) on the MA Advanced Theatre Practice course. Stephanie Bermudez is a Nogales-based leader and entrepreneur. She founded Startup Unidos, a leadership podcast that spreads actionable advice from people across international borders who are seeking to startup, invest or participate in AZ/SON regional innovation and entrepreneurship movements. She is a member of the Tuscon Hispanic Chamber Foundation and serves as the Young Entrepreneurs Academy Tuscon’s Program Manager and BIG IDEA Instructor.
Jess Kaufman is a theater and performance artist from New York City whose work has been performed in London and New York, with upcoming performances in Glasgow. Her performance credits include Dear Edwina at the DR2 and the first national tour of ‘SWonderful: The New Gershwin Musical. Raúl Humberto Leyva is a journalist born in Guaymas, Sonora. He is currently the coordinator of the Colectivo Cultural Taco de Perro, which has been promoting all kinds of arts at the border for over 25 years. Zulema Rodriguez is a Phoenix-based artist and political organizer. She was the deputy national director concerning mass incarceration for the political advocacy group Center for Community Change (CCC) until early 2016. She has worked on immigration reform with the SEIU, implementing field strategy nationwide holding elected officials accountable in their support for a comprehensive immigration reform.
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