1900 girls, boys and young people will participate in the third edition of “I have a dream”.

“When I found out that I was left at this event of this magnitude, I couldn’t believe it, because when I signed up for Seedbed I thought it was something very easy, something very basic, I never thought about appearing in Audience The truth is that I feel very excited,” says the young Gael Luna. Member of Creative Seedbed of Puppets on Chimalhuacanhe will be one of the 1,900 girls, boys and youth who will participate in the third edition of I Have a Dream on November 24.

The “Multidisciplinary, Multicultural and Multilingual” meeting will be held in National audience (at 7:00 p.m.) and this year will consist of three blocks in which 15 musical pieces and various breaks from dance, theater, puppetry and circus will be performed by the members of the 327 Creative Seedbeds that exist in the country and those , which according to the Federal Ministry of Culture serve 12,000 girls, boys and young people.

From Mexico City some will participate 150 small artiststhe rest (about 1,750) come from the 32 states of the country, who will alternate on stage with figures such as Elisa Carrillo, Lila Downs, Mario Iván Martínez, Horacio Franco, Sonora Santanera, Mono Blanco, Alejandra Robles “La Morena”, Lyla June , Mare Warning Lírika and the characters of 31 minutes.

The participating children, confirmed Esther Hernandez, SC’s Director of Cultural Linkage, are selected from their own classmates: “The seed beds happen daily, throughout the year, in them you not only learn and practice an artistic discipline or revive cultural expressions, through participatory devices , girls, boys and young people are cultural agents who together identify social problems and propose solutions to improve their environment”.

New social agents

This methodology, indicated the Minister of Culture Alejandra Frausto, made it possible to turn the little ones into “social agents”; every boy and girl, he said, “not only becomes a great artist, we always offer the comparison, or I allow myself to make it, that if they were athletes, they would have high results because they devote 3 or 4 hours a day to their discipline, few artists have the privilege to do it, the methodology which is to make a community, to listen, listening is the foundation, above all”.

In 2019, “I have a dream” breaks were dedicated to gender issues, in 2021 – to local roots, in 2022 they will reflect on how racism and classism hurt society. In addition to the national event at the Auditorium, this year there will also be 32 state I Have a Dream events from Oct. 15 to Nov. 12, featuring seedings from each district.

Running “I have a dream,” Hernandez said, will cost “about the same as last year”: about 30 million pesos, but in 2022 he will add another 5 million to host state events. Thus, the Creative Seedbeds program adds an investment of 285 million pesos per year: 35 to present the results and 250 million to manage the 327 seedbeds, including paying teachers, promoters, materials for children to work with, production events, connectivity and travel.

Alejandra Frausto: It allowed children to become ‘social agents’ Photo: Special

This budget also includes the concentration that the 1,900 girls and boys who will perform at the Auditorium will have from November 12 to 20 at the IMSS Vacation Center in Oaxtepec. There they will also complete the stage design “El fandango de los pixeles” which “uses the concept of the pixel as a minimal visual expression that forms a whole and at the same time all the pixels are unique, we are one in diversity and together we add something big ”, said I have a dream artistic director Cecilia Sotres.

About a thousand participants from 50 beds make 400 small squares measuring one meter by one meter, which will be woven together at the national camp to form a monumental piece.

They seek to end violence and marginalization

For Secretary Frausto, Creative Seedbeds are the formula to end violence and marginalization: “We have to put culture where it is most needed, of course we are in the theaters, in the museums, in the great spaces, but all this is exclusively the cultural work it would be of no use if we did not affect what hurts our country most: inequality, violence, classism, racism, discrimination, exclusion.”

The pandemic has alienated many young people from the program, as in the case of the Bonfil community children’s orchestra in Acapulco, where before the closure of the beach the little ones had to leave with their parents, the activity has been fully restored. All 327 creative centers (including 115 dedicated to music) in the country are fully operational. Frausto even plans to increase its distribution and reach 500 kindergartens by the end of its tenure in 2024.


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