Fun, Food, Singing, Dancing Coming Soon!
It’s time once again, actually, it’s the FIFTH time, for The Dream Festival (Festival del Sueño). Save the date – Saturday, January 25, 2020, from 5 to 10pm – to come to Guelaguetza Park (right next to Marina Park Plaza), have a lot of fun, and support the work of the Bacaanda Foundation / El Sueño Zapateco. Admission tickets are $150 mxn each, tickets for food and games are $10 mxn each, and raffle ticket prices depend on the raffle – there are several!
Bacaanda supports CONAFE schools (Consejo Nacional de Fomento Educativo, National Council for Educational Development), a sub-agency of Mexico’s Secretariat of Education, in the Huatulco area, by providing school buildings, school supplies, teacher support, and other services through its Adopt-a-School program. Rural schools provide education to the children and families located in isolated areas where communities are marginalized.
The Dream Festival features more than enough activities to fill your evening. There will be a central performance stage with entertainment from the children and teachers of the rural schools, plus all kinds of music and dance – stay tuned for entertainment updates. The Dunk Tank will be open all night, with two rounds of celebrity dunkings! There will be Wheel of Fortune and Lotería games, while the Rotary will have its sale table of used books in English, French, Italian, and German, their famous (and essential) collapsible Frisbee-style fans, glasses and glasses straps (did you forget yours?), and kids’ activities (e.g., face painting), and more.
New food items this year are carnitas (pulled pork) and esquites (corn on the cob), along with tacos, sausages, hot dogs, and pizza from past years. And of course, beer, wine, and aguas frescas.
And there are lots of prize opportunities – with your admission ticket you are entered for the Early Bird prize (have to buy the ticket in advance), which is a dual-sim Samsung smart phone, and the Grand Prize, which is an iPad this year! Buying raffle tickets supports Bacaanda, and here’s where you can choose your prizes from the best goods and experiences Huatulco’s businesses have to offer.
And if you haven’t had time to seek out unique artesanías, fine art, or other goods, they’ll be there at the market tables, some set up by local shops, and most featuring items by individual artists and crafts people who don’t have shops, so their goods are hard to find.
Since its launch in 2016, the Dream Festival has provided essential support to the Foundation and its activities; last year’s Festival proceeds supported the purchase of a used box truck, very spiffy with its new paint job featuring the Foundation.
The goal of the Foundation’s latest project, Intelligent Rural Schools, is to use point-to-point wireless technology to bring the internet – now a fundamental educational tool – to the rural communities where schools are located. The project includes teacher training on classroom technologies and equipping classrooms with iPad tablets loaded with offline and online educational content and smart TVs.