Cool, hip, artsy, glamorous, exciting, history-rich Mexico City used to be known in Spanish as Distrito Federal, or DF. CDMX would be the abbreviation for its current name, Ciudad de México. And now, Los Angeles is gearing up to celebrate CDMX’s cultural diversity and heritage.

The Secretariat of Foreign Affairs and the General Consulate of Mexico have agreed with the city of LA to declare 2017 the year of Mexico in Los Angeles. A yearlong celebration titled MXLA2017 has included—and will continue to include— free events that will enable Angelenos to enjoy art, movies and more created by our Southern neighbors. During September, events will showcase the appeal of CDMX, arguably the most relevant political, cultural, educational and financial center in the country.

The official kickoff ceremony for CDMX in Los Angeles, the series of activities focusing on Mexico City, will take place on September 8th at 9:30 a.m. at City Hall.

Among numerous other activities, the Consulate (2401 W 6th St, Los Angeles, CA 90057) will host a film festival, as well as an exhibition of photographer Carlos Somonte’s work, featuring elements of the 80’s punk scene from El Chopo, a rock lover’s or anarchist’s dream flea market in Mexico City.

Banda Elefante is set to perform on September 23th at Belvedere Park Lake (4914 E 3rd St, East Los Angeles, CA 90022). Founded in the Mexican capital, Elefante offers a unique blend of music genres such as trova, ranchera and balada.

Extraordinary music from CDMX will fortunately still be around after September. Café Tacvba, considered the “greatest rock band in Mexico… and… possibly even the world” by The New York Times, will perform with a full orchestra for the first time in its 28 years of existence on October 15th at the Walt Disney Concert Hall (111 South Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, California 90012). This special concert powered by conductor Gustavo Dudamel will delight audiences with unexpected new arrangements.

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