Sunday, May 17, 2015

Busking in the Zocalo

The Zocalo is used for many things: concerts, demonstrations, an ice-rink in winter... Currently it's the setting for the 10-day Feria de las Culturas Amigas, a sort of super-sized version of our children's school's International Day (see this post). So there are around 90 stalls displaying posters, selling food and crafts, giving out stuff, whatever each under-staffed embassy can get together on minimum budgets. Some are very imaginative (Saudi Arabia's adobe-style dwelling), bewildering (North Korea's religious paintings, eh?), while others look like airport tourist offices. The UK's was a mix of T-shirts, videos of UKMX events and Cumberland sausage rolls. All were inundated with people.
There's also a huge stage which was used for the opening ceremony a few days ago, and today hosted the Classic Buskers. The Buskers are normally a duo - Michael Copley (myriad assortment of wind instruments) and Ian Moore (accordion) - but on this tour they're joined by  magician Neil Henry. It's a highly visual, crowd-pleasing show, with mini-versions of popular classics performed with a lot of humour and imagination. The magic element is a nice touch.   

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