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Mexico has always been an example of a country that provides solidarity during difficult periods. In January and February of 2010, two extremely powerful seismic events greatly affected the nations of Haiti and Chile, leaving thousands of people dead, disappeared and displaced.

In these two cases, both the Government of Mexico City and its residents sent food, rescue teams and reconstruction materials. Aside from these immediate actions, the Ministry of Culture of Mexico City, together with several Latin American embassies, organized two different cultural events with the intention of raising funds that would be sent to the nations affected.


The first of these concerts took plan on March 27th, 2010, at the “Gran Foro” of the Campestre Churubusco neighborhood, a local forum. Under the slogan “Today for Haiti, tomorrow for you”, more than twelve internationally renowned groups participated in an afternoon of music and culture where the price of the ticket was $100 pesos. The idea for this event came from the ambassadors of the Group for Latin America and the Caribbean. In front of an audience that included several ambassadors and representatives of Latin American and Caribbean embassies, Elena Cepeda de León, Secretary of Culture of the Government of Mexico City, recalled that: “We went through a very tough moment in 1985: a very strong, severe and painful earthquake that we remember each year on September 19th, 1985, just like we still remember the fraternal help of several countries that assisted us during this moment.”

The embassies of Argentina, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela, together with the Ministry of Culture of Mexico City, truly made this cultural event a possibility.

In the words of the Salvadorian Ambassador, this meeting was not only a positive experience in fundraising: its impact was “also cultural, because there was direct contact with the artistic and musical expressions of our countries”.

Aside from the band and orchestras that played, the public enjoyed the gastronomic offer and the handicrafts from the participating countries. Embassies donated about 80 prizes that were raffled and given to ticket holders. These included: boxes of wine and liquor, trips, Brazilian national soccer team jerseys, among others.

Following this same idea, the Ministry of Culture for Mexico City, together with the Salvador Allende Foundation, organized the Solidarity with Chile Concert, which took place on May 16th, at the Silvestre Revueltas Hall of the Ollin Yoliztli Cultural Center (CCOY in Spanish).

Several groups integrated by both Mexican and Chilean musicians played at the event. Some of them were: Los Folkloristas, Moyanei and Rocco (of La Maldita Vecindad), Tiempos del Sur, Son del Pueblo, Anastasia Guzmán Sonaranda, Añá (a percussion band), Los Tlaxikeros, Ensamble de Jazz y Rock, Margarita y Anthar and Voz Mestiza.

The purpose of this festival was to improve the ties of friendship and fraternity between Mexico and Chile. These ties became ever more important after the Coup of 1973, when thousands of Chileans sought refuge in Mexico.

Hugo Gómez, president of the Salvador Allende Foundation, said that the message of fraternity generated by the Mexico City Government by supporting events of this nature helps boost brotherhood among the people of Latin America. This has to do with the fact that Mexico is one of the countries of the continent that is most willing to provide solidarity. 

For this event, the price of tickets was of $100 pesos for adults and $50 pesos for children and senior citizens.

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