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Festival Tijuana Interzona highlights vitality

Festival Tijuana Interzona highlights vitality
By Sandra Dibble Sept. 24, 2013

Tijuana's Pasaje Rodriguez, shown here in a 2012 photo, is one of 30 venues for the Festival Tijuana Interzona that starts Thursday and ends Oct. 11th. - David Maung

A celebration of Tijuana's cultural variety and vitality begins Thursday with the opening of the 16-day Festival Tijuana Interzona 2013. Now in its seventh year, the festival includes concerts, art exhibits, dance performances and other activities staged at 30 venues across the city.

Festival Interzona highlights the strength of the city's independent arts movement, said festival director Leobardo Sarabia, formerly the director of Tijuana's Municipal Institute of Art and Culture.

In that sense "Tijuana is different from the rest of Mexico," Sarabia said, as many other areas of the country to depend heavily on the public sector to spearhead cultural events.

Most of Festival Interzona's events are free.
Among the activities planned through Sunday:

Thursday through Saturday: Artist Hector Ruíz of Mexicali offers instruction in the drawing with India ink. At Espacio Freelance in Pasaje Rodríguez off of Avenida Revolución between Third and Fourth Streets.

Friday: Reggae/Ska encounter near the U.S. border from 3 p.m. to midnight at Avenida Revolución and First Street. Includes performances by the South Central Skankers (Los Angeles) and Cañamo (Tijuana).

Saturday: Pianist Roberto Salomón accompanies eight singers in a performance that pays homage to the 1980s. The concert is scheduled at 6:30 p.m. at the Antigua Bodega de Papel on Calle 11.

Sunday: Edward Coward, a prize-winning Tijuana playwright, presents "History of the Telephone," a four-act play aimed at children that includes improvisations. At the Tijuana Cultural Center (Cecut) in Tijuana's Río Zone.

Sunday: Screening of "Ahí va el diablo," (There goes the Devil) a 97-minute thiller by Adrián García Bogliano set in Tijuana. At Cineteca Carlos Monsiváis at Tijuana's Cultural Center.

For the full schedule, go to

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