This three-day festival promotes Mexico’s indigenous roots which, as with most of the world’s indigenous groups, are in danger of being yanked out by national and international corporate greed.
Now in its sixth year, the lineup for the three-day festival includes music and dance performances, workshops and conferences, with art and handicrafts for sale throughout the weekend.
Activities take place in Ajijic’s main plaza and inside the Centro Cultural Ajijic as well as the lake shore, where you can take part in a traditional sweat lodge ceremony called a temazcal.
2019 Festival Cultural Sangre Viva Information
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. The schedule of events has not yet been released. Check back here as the festival approaches for further details on this year’s activities. (You can also follow their page on Facebook.)
The festival was supposed to take place on January 25-27, 2019 and is now rescheduled for March 29-31.Last updated December 30, 2018
Photos of Festival Cultural Sangre Viva
The Festival Cultural Sangre Viva opens on Friday with an indigenous ceremony in the Ajijic plaza, which you're invited to participate in. In 2019, it will probably start at 6 p.m.
The musical group Chichimecas Jonaz usually perform for one night of the festival. 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.
Watch Chichimecas Jonaz perform one of their sonic soundscapes in this video:
In the video below, watch Chichimecas Jonaz perform a dangerous dance using machetes on the Ajijic plaza:
Check out one more song by Chichimecas Jonaz:
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 which usually perform at the Festival Cultural Sangre Viva.
Watch Mariachi Antiguo de Acatic perform a song during the 2018 Festival Cultural Sangre Viva:
The Aztec dance group Ce Ollin usually performs several times throughout the weekend. 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:
Art & Artisans
Artists, artisans and other vendors sell their goods under tents in the plaza all weeekend long.
Temazcal Sweatlodge Ceremonies
Several temazcal sweatlodge ceremonies are scheduled throughout the weekend, which you can participate in for free along the Lake Chapala shore.
For a local temazcal that's available year-round, make a visit to Tepetates Temazcal.