The 2022 edition of the Coahuila International Book Fair (FILC) culminated this Sunday with an eclectic event. behind the back of University Cultural Center of the UAdeC —headquarters of the literary festival for ten days— on an improvised stage, a group of artists and musicians came together to make art in fusion.
The Argentinian George “Dr.” Alderete and the mexicans Bernardo Fernandez “Bef” and Federico Jordan entertained the afternoon, accompanied by Háwar Damico and Prims López in music, with an exercise in which those attending this last day were able to witness first-hand a bit of his way of drawing.
The interaction started once the equipment was installed, but the event opened it, surprisingly, a boy who, under Alderete’s guidance, drew a cartoon of the Sega character Sonicwhich was later animated by the artist using software and projected on a large screen to the rhythm of the music, an exercise that was later repeated by the three guest artists with their own styles.
The FILC counted on this occasion more than 130 thousand attendees, so it exceeded last year’s figures, an edition that was limited by the restrictions caused by the pandemic. Of these, about 20 thousand were basic education students who went on school trips.
Likewise, he recounted hundreds of activities, among which the proposals of Guanajuato stood out, which as a guest state carried out the program “Guanajuato is read in Coahuila”thanks to which the people of Coahuila and the foreign public that attended the fair had the opportunity to meet the contemporary writers of that entity, as well as theater and music groups, among many other proposals.
For its part, Central America as guest region and Radio Education as the institution of honor, they also did the same with their contributions to the billboard, with book presentations that talk about the social and political reality of the center and south of the continent in the first case, and conversation and reflections on cultural journalism in Mexico in the second.
“In this exchange of ideas, dialogues and reflections, other readings are given in parallel, something that has to be very important, especially for young people, what can happen in terms of the situation of dictatorships, of these governments where there has been a terrible authoritarianism and we see what they lead to. We say that we must see the past to prevent the future, but sometimes we have short memories and that is why the presence of these stories is necessary so that this testimony is not forgotten”, the head of the Ministry of Culture, Ana Sofía García Camil, told the media about the presence of authors such as Ximena Santaolalla, José Adiak Montoya and Jorge Galán, whose work addresses this denunciation of authoritarianism in Latin America.
In addition to this, there was also the participation of the foundation Kawoq13:20, by the writers David Cruz, from Costa Rica, Mario Huezo from El Salvador, Mario Martiz from Nicaragua and Coahuilenses like Julian Herbert and Luis Jorge Boonewithout mentioning the realization of the traditional mural, now by the artist William Escalon under the direction of David HerreraMexican and Guatemalan respectively.
The Ministry of Culture also announced that there was a spill of 20 million pesos in the sale of books.
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