cumbre tajin


With the Totonaca culture as host and protagonist, two decades ago the first edition of the Cumbre Tajín Festival was held in Papantla, Veracruz. Thus, the spring equinox of the year 2000 marked a new stage for cultural dialogues from the creation of the most important cultural event for the indigenous identities of Mexico and America.

Today, Cumbre Tajín celebrates twenty years flying high and is the main meeting point for the dialogue between identities; the indispensable reference of the music that from the heart of Veracruz opens to all the sonorous languages and the widest space of Mexico to approach the original cosmovisions. It is also the main tourist date of the northern region of Veracruz and an exemplary model of safeguarding the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Mexico.


Cumbre Tajín has bolstered the vitality of the Totonaca culture by preserving, strengthening, disseminating and positioning its art upon ancestral knowledge. Therefore, the festival is the heart of an exemplary model in the conservation of heritage and a world reference in the defense of traditional memory, which positions Veracruz as an eminently cultural, dialoguing, creative state, with historical vision and in permanent recognition of its origins to build a better future.

social contribution

The Festival, more than a ludic event, is an extraordinary trigger that has achieved:

- Establish a new high season for service providers;
- Build decentralized cultural infrastructure;
- Nourish activities and products with different aspects of regional life throughout the year: education, art, identity, sustainable development, tourism, jobs, fair trade, knowledge, wisdom, philosophy, ethics, personal and social harmony, etc.;
- Generate cultural news from Veracruz to Mexico and the world;
- Promote regional professionalization in production and management activities;
- Start and maintain the training process that makes 90% of the Festival's collaborators are from the region.

Safeguard of patrimonies

Due to the permanent work of cultural regeneration headed by Cumbre Tajín, the municipality of Papantla, Veracruz, is the Mexican city council with the greatest diversity of patrimonies recognized by the United Nations Organization for Science, Education and Culture (UNESCO):
- Ciudad Sagrada de El Tajín (The Sacred City of El Tajín): one of the most important and beautiful archaeological zones of America, exceptional for its ‘Juego de pelota’ (ball games), its astronomical architecture and the Pyramid of the Niches.
- La Ceremonia Ritual de Voladores (The Ritual Ceremony of Flying): standard of the Totonacapan and Mexico in the world; beacon for indigenous cultural practices.
- El Centro de las Artes Indígenas (The Center for Indigenous Arts): a world reference for its educational model based on the Totonaca worldview and the search for the gift in all branches of the tradition.

Ecological vision

The Cumbre Tajín Festival has been a pioneer in the creation and development of sustainable projects. It privileges the ecological conscience from the care of the four elements (water, fire, earth, air) and their spiritual coexistence in the inhabited space.Year after year we undertakes proposals so that environmental education and the care of resources are a priority in each of our activities.


The achievements of the Tajín Summit Festival are reflected in fields such as education, music, film, social projects, indigenous rights, art, history, tourism, cultural exchanges, inter-institutional relations and alliances with national and foreign organizations -public and private- that have deposited their trust in this project. Some are UNESCO, NMAI Smithsonian Institution, Festival Chile Mágico, Dirección de Asuntos Culturales (DIRAC) del Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores de la República de Chile, Festival Glastonbury, Berklee College of Music, Fundación Miguel Alemán, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), Universidad Veracruzana (UV), Universidad Veracruzana Intercultural (UVI), Instituto Politécnico Nacional (IPN), Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia (INAH), Secretaría de Cultura, Comisión Nacional para el Desarrollo de los Pueblos Indígenas (CDI), Museo de Arte Popular (MAP), Ambulante Más Allá (AMA), Short Shorts Film Festival, La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club, Municipios de Veracruz y Fundación Hermes Music, A. C., among others.