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Art Exhibition ‘Following the Maya Voice’

Playa del Carmen, 24 January 2020 – On the 24th of January 2020, as a part of ICDO’s ‘Kalan Je La’an: Following the Maya Voice’, ICDO presented at the Teatro de la Ciudad Solidarid the product of ICDO art workshops – an art installation created by 33 Maya youth together with ICDO’s Art Director Iva Pehar.  The Art Installation reveals the cultural values in its symbolism and synergy of the traditional and the contemporary.

ICDO collaborated with the Maya youth in an interchange of skills and cultures, where art became a tool to communicate cultural roots, traditions and visions of the future to wide audiences.

The Exhibition was opened by inspiring and supporting speeches from the Director of Instituto Municipal de la Cultura y las Artes Mr. Luis Ernesto Lopez, Director of Social Development Department of Solidaridad Municipality Mrs. Deyanira Martinez Estrada, Solidaridad Municipality Director for Indigenous communities issues Mr. Quetzal Tzab, and ICDO’s President and CEO Ms. Josipa Palac. Ms. Jessica Fernandez Garcia, ICDO’s Honorary Ambassador, was moderating the event.⁣⁣

The pinnacle of the event were ICDO’s project participants who transmitted their messages to the audience while wearing traditional Maya clothes, that was saying:”I am proud to be Maya!”

The event was enriched by a Maya ritual ceremony and musical performances by Tihorappers Crew, a Maya youth group from the Tihosuco community, who are actively participating in ICDO’s ‘Kalan Je La’an: Following the Maya Voice’ project.

Jesús Pat Chablé, better known by his stage name Pat Boy, a Mexican rapper of Maya heritage who often sings in the Yucatec Maya language, spiced up the night with his biggest hits.

“My main motivation is to make people proud of their Maya culture and for the young to not be ashamed of using their language” he said.