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A rich Art Nouveau facade offset by an opulent Art Deco interior characterizes the grandeur of one of Mexico City's most notable cultural landmarks, the Palace of Fine Arts. Radiant in its Carrara marble facade that glints under the sun, the building's resplendent dome is its zenith, a crystal-hewn structure that dazzles in ombre shades of yellow and orange. The building, built partly by architects Adamo Boari and Federico Mariscal, was envisioned as a celebratory landmark to commemorate the centenary of the Mexican War of Independence. Though plans for the building were laid as early as 1904, its construction ceased abruptly in 1913, owing to political and structural impediments. The building's construction was suspended for 20 years, only to begin again in 1932. This time, Federico Mariscal undertook the task and completed the building's construction in 1934. Since then, this revered landmark has been Mexico City's cultural nerve, having hosted everything from opera and dance to music, literature and art events in its seasoned span. Its mural-clad walls are home to the National Theater, the National Museum of Architecture and the National Institute of Fine Arts.
Teatro Metropólitan is unquestionably Mexico City's well-known entertainment hub. Nestled on Independencia street, this theater boasts a capacity of 3,165 people for each and every show. In the past significant artists and bands including Alanis Morisette, Jason Mraz and The Cranberries have graced the stage of this prestigious place. Providing a platform for upcoming talents and established ones, this theater is constantly buzzing with regular plays, concerts and other diverse events.
As you walk through the doors of SALA, you will find yourself surrounded by an electric vibe and the strains of great music. A well lit stage forms the focal point of this concert venue, and multiple bars are set up along the sides. While the theater-like set up ensures that you have a clear view of the stage across the space, if you really want a taste of the best SALA has to offer then don't hesitate to splurge on VIP tickets. From prominent local musicians, rocking DJs and international touring bands, to lively music fests, SALA's performance schedule has a little of everything. For great music and a good time, head on over to SALA and let yourself be swept away to a world in which music is the master.
For four seasons throughout the year, theBallet Teatro del Espacio presents dance shows with varying themes, from classical works to more contemporary acts. The ballet group is made up of an enthusiastic team of youngsters who, with discipline and talent, demonstrate the true art and aesthetics of the dance form. Directors Michel Descombey and Gladiola Orozco draw in inspiration from Mexico's rich cultural past to craft a vibrant dance and music program. The ballet school also hosts music festivals attended by scores of arts lovers from different parts of the country.
This exhibition of contemporary choreography takes place every year in February and includes a great number of participants. Works such as 'Ionisation Ensemble' by José Valderrama, 'Tree of Birds' by Alejandro Ruiz, 'Nemian' by Isabel Beteta have been performed before. All the programs are of great quality and creativity. Parking is available.
Auditorio Nacional (National Auditorium) is among the world's top entertainment venues and has won several awards. Opened in 1952 as an equestrian space, it was later converted into a world-class auditorium. This avant-garde hall hosts concerts, dance shows, ballet, opera, photographic exhibitions, folk art and many other cultural events.
Teatro El Galeón is one of the many venues located in the metropolis of Mexico City dedicated to bringing the art medium of theater to the masses. As part of the Centro Cultural del Bosque group of theaters, patrons will enjoy world-class performances from some of Mexico's most prestigious play writes. Truly a must visit.
Just like the shows given by court jesters in the Middle Ages, these narrators provide audiences with hours of entertainment with their telling of stories and legends of all sorts. Taking place in one of Mexico City's most traditional and legendary spots--the Plaza de Santa Catarina in the heart of Coyoacán--this is a great family event. Admission is free.
Catch the best of the seasons classical and contemporary concerts at the city's very own Sala Nezahualcóyotl. From the very moment you step inside the hall, you will be impressed with the magnificent utilization of space, the seats giving the utmost comfort, the clear view of the stage from absolutely anywhere in the hall and the state-of-the-art sound surround system. Come to Sala Nezahualcóyotl and get a dose of cultural extravaganza.
The season of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Mexico City begins during the first part of January, at the Ollín Yoliztli Cultural Centre. Enjoy the best in classical music with renowned guest musicians and conductors. The Philharmonic's season is divided into four programs and lasts all year, with the exception of the first two weeks in April and the last two in December. General admission is around MXN80. Children under 8 are not allowed. A discount is offered for government employees, students, teachers, elders, pensioned, retired and handicapped persons.
The Ollín Yoliztli Cultural Center, located in the south part of the city, is an ideal place to experience art. In its halls there are periodical exhibits showing paintings and sculptures, which include the work of new artists as well as Mexican classics, plus loans from international museums. On Saturdays and Sundays at 5p during the whole year, they hold symphonic concerts, where outstanding interpreters execute the works of Mozart, Handel, Bach and choral music.