Mahahual's annual festival runs from May 20-27. Mahahual's annual festival runs from May 20-27.

Pollution forms theme of annual festival

Cleaning beaches is part of the program at Mahahual's cultural festival

Cleaning the beaches during the annual Cruzando Fronteras (Crossing Borders) cultural festival in Mahahual, Quintana Roo, has produced enough interesting waste to fill a museum.

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But picking up garbage is just one event on the program for the festival, whose purpose is to raise awareness about ocean pollution, which directly affects this Caribbean town.

Its location puts it at a point where ocean currents drag trash from around the globe, depositing it on its beaches.

The festival started serendipitously after Italian writer Pino Cacucci visited Mahahual, population 2,500, and wrote a book.

Mahahual, a non-recyclable paradise sparked the idea for a festival in resident Luciano Consoli, who launched the first edition with the help of local hotels and restaurants in 2013.

“We believe that the best way to defend our habitat is to draw the attention of opinion leaders . . . and a cultural festival is the most direct way to do so,” Consoli told the newspaper Milenio.

Residents, he continued, got together and started inviting intellectuals, writers, singers and “anyone interested in sharing this social fight.”

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The continued success of the festival is due to the participation of artists, who receive no pay. “The deal we offer is the trip and some vacation days in paradise, and they give us in return a concert, a speech, a workshop or a play.”

One of the festival’s activities is cleaning up the beaches, and enough garbage has been picked up that Consoli is planning to open a museum and cultural center around it.

“We’ve accumulated plastic and glass bottles; we’ve also got pictures of parts of a satellite that fell [the parts were returned to United States authorities] . . . We need a space to showcase all these weird objects from around the world.

“Some artists are including the rubbish in their paintings, another is making a sculpture with all the sandals that appear on the beach, while others are using driftwood . . . we’re making art out of trash,” said Consoli, who is also the president of the local Hotels, Cabins and Hostels Association.

The museum will be located on open ground, and will include a cultural center to promote social participation and raise awareness about the worldwide problem of pollution.

An art collection already includes murals, five sculptures and three short films made by local youth in collaboration with the festival and its guest artists.

This year’s festival, which begins May 20, will welcome a record 183 artists from Mexico as well as the United States, Italy, Cuba, Venezuela, Argentina, Bolivia, Spain and Pakistan.

“We’ll have 28 concerts, eight speeches, six plays, six book presentations, movie presentations and workshops on yoga, writing, cumbia, painting, photography and cinema,” said Consoli.

Three artists will create original work during the festival, which will be donated to the people of Mahahual at its conclusion, on May 27.

The town is situated in the municipality of Othón P. Blanco and is a four and half hour drive from Cancún.

Source: Milenio (sp)

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  • K. Chris C.

    Now that’s a REAL climate-change–clean it up, and keep it clean.

    An American citizen, not US subject.

  • Jose Yates

    I wonder when the Mexicans will stop dumping raw sewage into the water? Mexico may be even worse than other Latin American countries when it comes to sanitation, there’s few sewage treatment plants in Mexico and half are out of service due to corruption. Please, stop destroying our planet.

    • Anthony Stein

      Idiot! The trash comes in from other parts of the world with the ocean current! Go back to America and you will see that your new pricktator Trump is signing over the environment to the big polluters in that shit hole USA! Don’t come back either!

      • Jose Yates

        Floatsome ain’t the problem, it’s just plastic. It’s all the raw sewage that Mexico and Latin America dump into,the waterways that’s damaging. And we can’t hope that Greenpeace will help because if any enviro group ever complained to the authorities they would be killed like the 45 school teachers down south. No complaint allowed in Mexico according to Jorge Ramos the Mexican coward who writes hateful articles about Americans deport illegal aliens but not a word about corrupt Mexicans who steal from the poorest Mexicans. It’s so sad. I look and see Canada, a beautiful country doing good for its citizens, Bermuda another neighbor that lets its people ever in dignity Bahamas too. Than I look at Mexico. What is wrong with Mexico, they hate Mexicans more than anybody. Millions of poor desperate starving Mexicans crawling into,the USA begging for food. It’s a shame when you think about it.

        • Anthony Stein

          What about the USA? You don’t say peep about your new pricktator president who doesn’t have clue about the planet and is a climate change denier! Forget about Mexico! Go back to your own shithole country because after Trump is done the USA will be a toilet bowl! Go home!

          • Jose Yates

            President Trump’s doing a fine job and once he builds his big beautiful wall the USA can save itself. Pray for Trump’s good fortune.

          • Anthony Stein

            Good! Then you can f…k off and go join him in his big beautiful shithole country! Adios ass hole!

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