- The festival’s artistic and cultural offerings have increased year after year, as has attendance. Two thousand visitors enjoyed its first year; now in its eleventh year, they are expecting around ten thousand.
The 11th Festival Sinergiarte is here to certify San Pancho as the Cultural Capital of the Riviera Nayarit. There’s no doubt a true cultural and artistic phenomenon has taken place in this town thanks to the activities of the San Pancho Collective and the other associations that are reinventing the community.
“We want everyone to join us in enjoying and celebrating life this coming 28th, 29th and 30th of December,” said Erik Saracho, director of this year’s festival and the Alianza Jaguar. “This year we have top-notch circus, tumbling and theater acts, and it’s all free for the entire family.” It’s important to note the festival leadership rotates every year.
The fun begins on Wednesday, December 28th with a grand parade leaving at 5 p.m. from the San Pancho pier, where they’re expecting the arrival of the torch that various athletes are running over from Nuevo Vallarta.
The parade will include the participation of all the town’s sectors, presenting circus, music, martial arts and theater acts. The Plaza del Sol will be hosting the events as well as a large marketplace during those three days, including food stands and artisan crafts, plus a permanent collective exhibition. They will also hold five sports tournaments: volleyball, soccer, basketball, surfing and skate.
Activities begin at 10 a.m. on December 29th and 30th, lasting until a little past midnight. Morning means workshops for kids and adults, with the arts reserved for the afternoons including music, theater, circus, dance and other surprises.
One of this year’s novelties will be a horse reining demonstration at 8 p.m. on Thursday, followed by a concert by the municipal orchestra.
There will also be other concerts held by local musicians embracing different genres. Participants include artists Lengualerta, Olinka and Souls Sisters from Mexico City and Paola Vergara from Guadalajara, who will offer the last concert on Friday night at 11 p.m. There will be a total of over 100 artists and 10 thousand attendees at the festival this year.
If any moneys are raised during the festival they will be used to improve the children’s outdoor gym at the Plaza del Sol and to create a separate division within the sports zone.