Local Mariachi Recruited to Perform at Chinese Music Fest

Staff - August 7, 2013

Mariachi Mestizo will perform at the 2013 ZhangJiaJie International Country Music Festival

Mariachi Mestizo, a Santa Fe local Mariachi group, has been invited to represent Santa Fe at the 2013 ZhangJiaJie International Country Music Festival in ZhangJiaJie, China, September 1 – 5, 2013 through the Santa Fe Sister Cities program. This year’s festival will host groups from over 27 countries who will share music from their different ethnic backgrounds. The event will be broadcast globally over China Central TV and on the internet. The event is sponsored by ZhangJiaJie’s local government and is expected to draw a crowd of over 40,000 in a scenic open air venue. Members of Mariachi Mestizo travelling to ZhangJiaJie are: Alma Castro, Maegan Pacheco, Anezyka Guzman, Marco Lopez, Matthew Martinez, Javier Jurado along with Sister Cities representatives, Carol Lopez Robertson and Dr. Jeff Case.

ZhangJiaJie is a United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World heritage site located in central China known for is picturesque rock formation and the sight of the dramatic mountain scenery in the movie Avatar. To read more about the festival go to: http://en.zjjcountrymusic.com/

The Sister Cities International Program was established in 1956 by President Eisenhower who envisioned an organization that would champion peace and prosperity by fostering bonds between people from different communities from around the world. Santa Fe established its own Sister Cities Program in 1984. Current members of the Santa Fe Sister Cities Committee are: Gilbert Delgado, Rudy R. Fernandez, Carol Robertson Lopez, Bernard Rubenstein, Jeff Case, Cathy Magni, Arthur Olivias , Kim Song, Ling Tong and Carl Moore.

The City of Santa Fe established its first Sister Cities relationship in 1984 and currently has seven sister cities, which are: Granada, Spain, Hoquin, Cuba; Sorrento, Italy; Tsuyama, Japan; Bukhara, Uzbekistan; ZhangJiaJie, China;  Livingstone, Zambia; and Parral, Mexico.

From a City of Santa Fe News Release