AGI Congress Mexico

24 – 27.09.2017

Seminario 12

Sep 24
Monday evening
Welcome cocktail

Seminario 12 is a palatial house in the heart of the historic center, built in 1626 atop the remains of the ceremonial temple of Tezcatlipoca. The house is located on Calle del Seminario; this street and Calle de la Moneda are part of the urban nucleus of Mexico City known as Plaza Mayor. In the immediate vicinity are the most influential civil and religious institutions from the colonial period including the Palacio de Gobierno (Government Palace), Casa de la Moneda and Casa de la Primera Imprenta (House of First Printing), the Catedral Metropolitana and many others.

The house has had many interesting owners in its nearly 400 years, from being a family home, to a convent and later, a seminary college. In the early twentieth century, the house has been occupied by a variety of commercial establishments but was declared a historic monument in 1933. The current owners took over the property, in disrepair, in 1988 and have since restored it to its former glory.

Seminario 12 will give you the opportunity to have a glimpse into the city’s past and the society that inhabited it through the contrast of change and permanence on view in the property and its surroundings.

Centro Cultural España

Sep 25 – 27
Talks & exhibitions

The Centro Cultural de España in Mexico is comprised of two parts: a historic mansion restored by the Spanish government in late 1990s and early 2000s that is positioned behind the Catedral Metropolitana, and the new wing, designed by architect Javier Sánchez, which opened in 2012 and has its entrance on Donceles Street. When restoration and expansion work was completed, the center was inaugurated by the King of Spain and the President of Mexico.

The center hosts art exhibitions of work by various Mexican and Spanish artists including works by younger and experimental artists.

Salón Los Ángeles

Sep 27
Thursday evening
Dinner, dancing and drinks

Salón Los Ángeles is, without a doubt, the home of dance-hall music and popular dance in Mexico City. The atmospheric ballroom embodies ancestry, fame and tradition and has been a sought-after site for national and international films and events since 1937.
 
The converted warehouse – located in the Barrio de los Ángeles, a few blocks from Plaza de las Tres Culturas in Tlatelolco – was bought by Miguel Nieto Alcantara and transformed from a warehouse for storing trucks and sacks of coal to an elegant, emblematic place that offers the opportunity to display the dance art of the popular neighborhood. Without knowing it, Nieto Alcantara was placing the first stones for what became the almost intangible cultural heritage of the Nuestra Señora de Los Ángeles neighbourhood. The ballroom takes its name from the church next door, Nuestra Señora de los Ángeles (Our Lady of the Angels), where, as a child, the comic film actor Mario Moreno “Cantinflas”, was an acolyte.
 
Over the years, Cantinflas was an assiduous parishioner of Salón Los Angeles, along with Diego Rivera and his inseparable partner Frida Kahlo; the brothers Fidel and Raúl Castro and Commander Ernesto “Che” Guevara.

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