Akumal Arts Festival Kicks Off in Akumal, Mexico

Klonism, for Akumal Arts Festival in Akumal Pueblo, Mexico

Akumal Arts Festival kicks off Friday, Nov 9 in Akumal, Mexico. Situated on the Yucatán between Tulum and Playa del Carmen, Akumal is a long-standing diver’s paradise turned conservation area, with pristine white beaches flanking the beach-comber. With a dedicated local community, Akumal residents – with the guidance of Executive Producer Jennifer Smith (of Tortuga Escondida fame) & team – have pulled together Akumal Arts Fest. With a dedicated team of volunteers and staff, the arts fest welcomes over 70 urban artists from near and far to infuse Akumal’s streets with bright colors, detailed figures and incredible geometric design. With a line-up including artists Funqest, Davel, Rif Raf Giraffe, TooFly, Iena Cruz, Ivan Roque, and PawSki, among others, the 3-day festival kicks off a colorful new Akumal.

Ivan Roque for Akumal Arts Festival

Mayan culture permeates Akumal and the surrounding area, a locale held sacred by the Mayan people, and Akumal Arts Fest fully embraces this heritage. Honoring the legends of the past while welcoming contemporary artistic expression, Akumal Arts Fest meets at the boundary between past and future, firmly embracing the present and centered around community engagement.

Funqest (left) and Nate Dee (right) for Akumal Arts Festival in Akumal Pueblo

Activities over the course of the festival include street tours, art demonstrations, live painting, dance and martial arts. Everything kicks off at 5 pm on Friday, November 9 with activities interspersed throughout the weekend as per below. Public events will be held in the Akumal Pueblo, the Paseo de Akumal, at the park, bandstand, and
community center. Artists’ works adorn the town’s iconic overpass bridge, various municipal buildings, the park, and local schools. When Akumal Arts Festival concludes, the art will remain on view in Akumal for the foreseeable future.

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