Takilhsukut Park (Starting Point)
Located 291 km from Mexico City, 234 km from the Port of Veracruz, 15 km from the city of Poza Rica, 5 km from the center of Papantla, and 1 km from El Tajín archeological site, this impressive setting of natural beauty has 17 hectares of infrastructure and several forums for artistic performances and development.
Throughout the year, the park houses the Indigenous Arts Center, which has been part of the UNESCO World List of Best Safeguarding Practices of Intangible Cultural Heritage as of December 2012.
The park also houses the Totonaca Supreme, the Kani Tajín children’s festival, and the Clavijero Classroom.
El Tajin archeological site
Cumbre Tajín is confirmed as the main experience in cultural safeguarding, regeneration and promotion. Proof of this is Tajín Vive, a nighttime tour of the Sacred City. This experience is not only profound and unforgettable, it also allows for direct contact with the atmosphere, the deities and dwellers of a single cosmogony: the Totonaca cosmogony, and the neuralgic center spot of this living culture is El Tajín archeological site.
City of Papantla
This city is the festival’s natural extension and one of the epicenters of Totonaca everyday life. Thanks to the activities of Cumbre Tajín, today, it is common to see tourists from all over the world walking down its streets, admiring its murals and interacting with the townspeople. The Festival of Identity has free daily activities in the most visited and culturally transcendent areas of the Totonacapan urban capital.
Excellent scenery, production, content development, services, and attention position Cumbre Tajín among the top five cultural festivals in Mexico and top 100 worldwide.
2013, the year of rebirth
The 2013 edition of the Cumbre Tajín Festival will dedicate its activities, reflections, encounters, and proposals to rebirth: being born again or becoming energized to get back on track. It will be time to measure our cosmic stature, to share renewal, and make the best of this historic opportunity to contribute to organic, integral, fair, and equitable change.
Surrounding this concept and its different expressions in the cultural, spiritual, indigenous, regional, state, national, and world scopes, the Festival of Identity will receive proposals and projects of contemporary reality, restored by the indigenous wisdom brought by the Mayans that marked the end of an era this past December.
This new time, sealed by social transformation and growing awareness in Mexico and around the world is already palpable in Totonacapan, where:
• The Indigenous Arts Center preserves, inherits, and conveys all branches of traditional knowledge;
• The Ritual Ceremony of the Flying Men is a banner of identity as well as World Intangible Cultural Heritage;
• Culture is the axis of social development that includes strengthening roots planetary dialogue;
• The Sacred City of El Tajín is shared with the world in all its architectural, historic, ritual, and cosmic magnificence;
• Takilhsukut Park is the sanctuary of indigenous identity;
• Elders speak Kantiyán and young people listen in all communities;
• Women share their holistic knowledge about life and art;
• Sacred spaces and expressions are honored, which help man find himself and come back in contact with divine forces;
• There are dialogues with Mother Earth, the light of Father Sun, Water’s vitality, and Air’s breath to let sacred foods, like maize, grow;
• There is heritage awareness in every sense: natural, intangible, material, filial, daily;
• Cultural dialogue is the way to overcome differences and find ourselves in the virtue of shared experience and respectful values;
• The Totonaca essence takes a new breath and, at the same time, feeds identity, the sense of belonging, and the search for new paths.
Today the world sheds its skin, thought, and vision. The 14th edition of Cumbre Tajín is a part of this rebirth and becomes the venue for its protagonists, messages, and actions. It all happens in the Spring, the time of renewal by excellence.