LA Celebrates Mexico City

Los Angeles to celebrate the diversity and richness

of Mexico City (CDMX) in September

In the context of the “MXLA2017” celebrations, more than 20 cultural, academic, community and business activities will be offered to the public for free.

Music, photography, folk sculptures known as alebrijes, movies and soccer will be just some of the free events on display in different corners of Los Angeles County to celebrate the diversity, cultural richness and history of the fascinating CDMX in September. As part of the program of activities for “2017: Año de México en Los Ángeles (MXLA2017 – 2017 – The Year of Mexico in Los Angeles),” organized by the Secretary of Foreign Relations in coordination with the Consulate General of Mexico in Los Angeles, September has been designated as the month of Mexico City: “CDMX in Los Angeles.”

Catedral de Mexico, Mexico City

With the goal of celebrating the strong and solid historic and cultural ties that bind Mexico and Los Angeles, the Consulate General of Mexico and the Office of the Mayor of Los Angeles declared 2017 the year of Mexico in Los Angeles, or “MXLA2017.”  With an extensive program of activities and projects, 10 Mexican states have been featured throughout the year, beginning with Baja California in March, Sonora in April, Puebla in May, Guanajuato in June, Jalisco in July, Oaxaca in August, Mexico City in September, and Colima, Michoacán, Durango, Morelos, and Querétaro over the course of the celebration.

The “CDMX in Los Angeles” celebration presents an extraordinary opportunity to showcase the strengths of CDMX as a global city and beacon of hospitality. With a splendid culture open to the whole world, CDMX is a promoter of major opportunities and events, the epicenter of Latin America’s creative industries and a fount of incomparable tourist experiences.

The official ceremony for the inauguration of “CDMX in Los Angeles” will be held on Friday, September 8, at 9:30 a.m. in Los Angeles City Hall, and will feature the presence of Los Angeles Mayor, Eric Garcetti, and the Head of Government for Mexico City, Miguel Ángel Mancera.

“MXLA2017” accompanies the Getty initiative, Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, an ambitious and far-reaching exploration of Latin American and Latino art in a dialogue with Los Angeles to project the existing connection between the creation of Latin American and Angelino artists, emphasizing the development of creators and the promulgation of their roots, as reflected in their pieces.

To promote the image of CDMX and its diversity, the program of activities has four multidisciplinary strategic axes: education, science and technology; culture and the creative industries; community activities, and economic and tourism promotion:

Thursday, September 7

Start of the Film Cycle and Opening of the Photo Exhibit “CDMX – Urban Culture in the 80s”

  • Time: 6:00 p.m.
  • Place: Consulate General of Mexico in Los Angeles (2401 W 6th St, Los Angeles, CA 90057)
    Space is limited.
  • Additional Dates: Thursday, September 7, 14, 21 & 28.
    • Time: 7:00 p.m. Doors Open: 6:30 p.m.
  • Projection of short films of various genres to present the diversity, richness and unique characteristics of CDMX.
  • Photo exhibit of Carlos Somonte on the punk scene of the 80s in CDMX, featuring bands from the time that frequented the street known as El Chopo.

Friday, September 8

Inauguration Ceremony of “CDMX in Los Angeles 2017” with Eric Garcetti and Miguel Ángel Mancera

Press conference for “East Los Angeles Mexican Independence Day Parade & Festival” with Miguel Ángel Mancera in attendance

Saturday, September 9

Opening of the Mexico City Cup Youth Soccer Tournament (Torneo de Fútbol Infantil “Copa Mexico City”), with kickoff by Miguel Ángel Mancera

  • Time: 10:00 a.m.
  • Place: Anahuak Youth Soccer Association. Río de Los Angeles State Park (1900 N San Fernando Rd, Los Angeles, CA 90065)
  • Dates: Saturday, September 16, 23 & 30.
  • Game Times: 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
  • Community gathering to affirm roots, values and the sense of Mexican belonging through youth sports.

Inauguration of Photo Exhibit, Enamorados de la Mujer Barbuda (‘The Bearded Lady’s Boyfriends’)

  • Time: 12:30 p.m.
  • Place: Los Angeles State Historic Park (1245 N Spring St, Los Angeles, CA 90012)
  • Dates: Saturday, September 9, to Sunday, September 30.
    • Time: 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • Group show of contemporary photography with a vision balanced between documentary and artistic work, offering a glimpse of recent efforts by highly celebrated artists among the most distinguished representatives of Mexico’scurrent arts scene, showing that at the global level, CDMX is also one of the greatest and most effervescent capitals of the arts.

Closing Ceremony for Workshop on Cartonería and Alebrijes

  • Time: 11:00 a.m.
  • Place: Los Angeles River Center and Gardens (570 W Avenue 26, Los Angeles, CA 90065)
  • Exhibit of works created during workshops on techniques for creating figures with newspapers known as cartonería and the creation of alebrijes given on September 4 – 9 by artisans certified by the Museo Artes Populares (MAP – Museum of Popular Arts).

Sunday, September 10

4th Services Fair

  • Inauguration: 9:30 a.m.
  • Time: 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • Place: East Cesar Chávez Avenue and North Mednik Avenue.
  • Direct attention for citizens of Mexico City and Mexicans resident in Los Angeles, California, in connection with identity, health and cultural and tourism promotion.

Parade in East Los Angeles Mexican, Independence Day Parade & Festival

  • Time: 9:45 a.m.
  • Place: East Cesar Chávez Avenue and North Mednik Avenue. Participation in commemorative parade with monumental alebrijes forming the letters CDMX to highlight the cultural tradition of Mexico City.

Friday, September 15

5th Services Fair

  • Inauguration: 9:30 a.m.
  • Duration: September 15 to 17.
  • Time: 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • Place: Bell Gardens Veterans Park (6662 Loveland St, Bell Gardens, CA 90201).
  • Direct attention for citizens of Mexico City and Mexicans resident in Los Angeles, California, in connection with identity, health and cultural and tourism promotion.

Saturday, September 16

Alyosha Barreiro + Nok Niuk in Concert

  • Time: 7:30 p.m.
  • Place: Bell Gardens Veterans Park (6662 Loveland St, Bell Gardens, CA 90201)
  • An original musical concept of a multimedia spectacle in a magical and lively fusion of the ancestral roots of contemporary Mexico. It combines moods, rites and melodies generated by drums, wind instruments, electronic sounds and the movements of dancers.

Saturday, September 23

Grupo Elefante in Concert

  • Time: 5:00 p.m.
  • Place: Belvedere Park Lake (4914 E 3rd St, East Los Angeles, CA 90022)
  • A Mexican band from CDMX. Their music blends the genres of trovarancheraand balada, using a poetic language charged with vivid images and rhetorical flourishes.

Friday, September 29

A colloquium on the Minimum Wage

  • Time: 2:00 p.m.
  • Place: University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) – Meyer & Renee Luskin Conference Center (425 Westwood Plz, Los Angeles, CA 90095)
  • Roundtable among experts from CDMX and the United States on the subject of the minimum wage.

For more information on “MXLA2017” visit and for specific activities part of “CDMX in Los Angeles,” visit

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