This three-day festival promotes Mexico’s indigenous roots which, as with most of the world’s native groups, are in danger of being yanked out by national and international corporate greed.
Now in its sixth year, the lineup for the festival includes music and dance performances, plus workshops and conferences, with art and handicrafts for sale throughout the weekend.
Activities are free and take place in Ajijic’s main plaza and inside the Centro Cultural Ajijic as well as the lakeshore near the malecón, where you can take part in a traditional sweat lodge ceremony called a temazcal.
2020 Festival Cultural Sangre Viva Information
The dates for the 2020 festival have not yet been released. It might be in March again, but this festival often changes months. It’ll likely take place between January and March.
The sixth annual Festival Cultural Sangre Viva will be held March 29-31, 2019, with activities happening in the Ajijic plaza and on the lakeshore.
Here is the 2019 music and dance schedule:
And the 2019 workshops and conferences schedule:
Last updated November 7, 2019
Photos of Festival Cultural Sangre Viva
The Festival Cultural Sangre Viva opens on Friday, March 29 at 5 p.m. with a ceremony in the Ajijic plaza, which you're invited to participate in.
The musical group Chichimecas Jonaz have been regular participants of past festivals, but won't be performing in 2019. They are members of the indigenous group, also called Chichimecas-Jonaz, who live in San Luis Potosí and Guanajuato. There are 84,000 members and only 2,600 left who speak the jonaz language.
In the video below, watch Chichimecas Jonaz perform a dangerous dance using machetes on the Ajijic plaza:
Fine Art Photography of Lake Chapala
Watch Mariachi Antiguo de Acatic perform a song during the 2018 Festival Cultural Sangre Viva:
Mariachi Antiguo de Acatic
Mariachi Antiguo de Acatic plays mariachi music as it would have sounded in the 1800s, playing with the original types of instruments in use at that time. They sometimes play at the Festival Cultural Sangre Viva.
The Aztec dance group Ce Ollin will perform at the 2019 festival. Originally from San Cristóbal de las Casas in Chiapas, they travel southern and central Mexico to perform at festivals and on the street.
Workshops, Conferences & Exhibits
The festival includes a number of workshops, demonstrations, conferences & exhbits. Check back here for the 2019 schedule or follow the festival's Facebook page.
One of the workshops last year was the elaboration of papel amate:
Temazcal Sweatlodge Ceremonies
Several temazcal sweatlodge ceremonies are scheduled throughout the weekend, which you can participate in for free along the Lake Chapala shore.
During the 2019 Festival Cultural Sangre Viva, the ceremonies will be held Friday at 10 p.m.; Saturday at 10 a.m., 4 p.m. and 10 p.m.; and Sunday at 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. The cost is a small donation. Maybe $100 pesos per person would be suggested.
The temazcales are held here at "La Crucita" on the Lake Chapala shore:
Meet on the shore at the times indicated above to participate.
For a local temazcal that's available year-round, make a visit to Tepetates Temazcal.