The Akumal Arts Festival & Residency will hold its free, inaugural event on November 9-11, 2018. Its purpose is to encourage arts tourism in Akumal and claim world-renowned art for the walls of this small, Mexican Caribbean, coastal community.
The event promises something for everyone. Opening ceremonies begin in the evening of Friday, Nov. 9. Weekend activities will include workshops for children and adults, guided art walks, exhibit booths with art for sale, food and drink, and live music and performances.
More than 80 established street artists, muralists, musicians, and performing artists from United States, United Kingdom, Columbia, Cuba, Argentina, and Japan will collaborate with local artists, students, and civic groups to develop a series of creative projects that celebrate the rich culture, vibrant community, and natural beauty of Akumal.
Artists will arrive as early as November 5 to begin working on a mural that will stretch across the Akumal bridge. Hundreds of local, Akumal students will add their artistic touch as they will be painting flags to be hung in the pueblo. “Casa Bonita,” a juried contest, will be held among artists and residents to create Akumal’s most beautiful house.
“Akumal is world-renowned for its natural beauty and as a habitat for sea turtles,” said Jennifer Smith, co-founder of the festival along and co-owner of Turtle Bay Bakery & Café. “We want to encourage visitors and residents throughout the Riviera Maya to discover and support the bold artistic spirit that is as part of our community as the sea turtles.”
Public events will be held in the Akumal Pueblo, the Paseo de Akumal, at the park, bandstand, and community center. Artists create new artistic works on the walls of the overpass bridge, government bridges/property, and schools.
Akumal Arts Festival & Residency is a community-based, global initiative that fosters creative, innovative, and sustainable partnerships in the Akumal Pueblo through an international consortium of artists who make art and engage the community while enhancing and beautifying the town for locals and the thousands of international guests who visit each year.
Inspired to be part of the fun? Contact Paulina, our concierge, for more information about all the cool things to do in Akumal. Need a place to stay while attending the Akumal Arts Festival? Our reservations team will be happy to help.