Activities to celebrate Mexico's Independence Day

During the celebrations of 2021, declared "Year of Independence and Greatness of Mexico", a wide range of cultural and artistic offerings are available for virtual and in-person enjoyment.

Activities to celebrate Mexico's Independence Day
Schedule of activities to celebrate Mexico's Independence Day. Image: Alcaldes de México

As part of the celebrations for 2021, declared "Year of Independence and Greatness of Mexico", the Ministry of Culture of the Government of Mexico and its various institutions joined forces to commemorate the 211th anniversary of Mexico's Independence and the 200th anniversary of its consummation (September 21), offering audiences a varied cultural and artistic offer to enjoy virtually and in person.

Following the protocols and sanitary measures to prevent contagion by COVID-19, and taking advantage of its outdoor spaces, the Los Pinos Cultural Complex joins the celebrations with various on-site activities for the whole family. On September 15, at the Heliport, starting at 11:00 a.m., visitors will be able to visit the Soil Conservation Producers Market; at 1:00 p.m., the artistic presentations begin with Mariachi Real Santa Cecilia; followed by Guillermo Velázquez and the Lions of the Sierra de Xichú; a Mexican party with magic, juggling and circus, and the day ends with a dance performance.

While on September 16, the music starts at 1:00 p.m., also at the Heliport, with Los Purépechas de Charapan, followed by Norteados Band; Irma Infante, with Mariachi Real Santa Cecilia; Regina Orozco and the Ballet Folklorico de Mexico de Amalia Hernandez. For more details and schedules, please visit the Facebook page: /LosPinos.Cultura.

With you in the distance

To enjoy from home, as part of "Contigo en la distancia", Canal 22 offers special programming throughout September, such as Voces de otra época. La Consumación, a program that will be broadcast on Sundays of the month at 8:30 pm and 10:00 pm.

On September 15, Mexico's cultural channel joins the special transmission of the Mexican State Public Broadcasting System (SPR), which will begin at 10:00 p.m. and will continue with a live link at 10:45 p.m., on the national channel, of the Ceremony for the 211th Anniversary of the Beginning of Mexico's Independence.

Commemorative Parade

The following day, September 16, the Mexican Independence Day Parade will be broadcast live starting at 11:30 am. The specials continue, so on September 27 the documentary Los Guadalupes, una sociedad secreta en la Independencia, by director Busi Cortés, will premiere, which analyzes the participation of the group that supported the war of independence, known as Los Guadalupes, in homage to the Virgin Mary. The group, in force from 1811 to 1814, had in its ranks characters such as José María Luis Mora, Carlos María de Bustamante, Ignacio López Rayón, Andrés Quintana Roo and Leona Vicario.

In addition, in its daily programming, several special capsules are broadcasted, such as: ¡Viva México! with the OSX! and Huapango de Moncayo by the OSX, starring the Xalapa Symphony Orchestra; El lado B de la historia. El grito y sus mitos, a TVUNAM production, as well as Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla. Padre de la patria. To learn more about Canal 22's programming dedicated to the patriotic month, please visit the website or visit its Facebook profile at /Canal22Mexico and Twitter at @Canal22.

National Institute of Fine Arts and Literature

Meanwhile, the National Institute of Fine Arts and Literature (INBAL) has prepared an extensive calendar of virtual activities that will be offered through social networks, starting on September 15 at 12:00 noon with the transmission of the capsule Te platico una obra: Alegoría de la Independencia de México, in which Arturo Pérez, from the Munal+Educa area, will introduce the public to the symbology and thematic composition of this pictorial piece from the collection of the National Museum of Art, through its Facebook page /munal.inba.

Later, at 5:00 p.m., as part of the Poetry and Poetics Festival 2021, the National Coordination of Literature will present on Facebook (/ ) and Twitter (@literaturainba), a videopoem with animation of La suave patria, a work by Zacatecan writer Ramón López Velarde, in the voice of poet Roberto López Moreno.

For its part, Radio Educación will provide audiences with programming during September that will be broadcast on its signals in Mexico City, on 1060 AM and 96.5 FM; on Señal Kukulkán in Mérida, Yucatán, on 107.9 FM, and on For example, from September 13 to 17 at 9:30 p.m., you can listen to the rebroadcast of the radio soap opera Vientos de Libertad, a radio adaptation of the play by Mexican playwright Willebaldo López, which pays tribute to the people who contributed to achieving Mexico's independence.

Wednesday, September 15, and Thursday, September 16

On Wednesday, September 15, and Thursday, September 16, listeners will be able to enjoy different styles, genres, and performers of Mexican music starting at 10:45 am with the Son para Bailar Special, a special musical selection to commemorate the national holidays. Like Canal 22, Radio Educación will be linked to the special production organized by SPR for the transmission of the Ceremony from the Zócalo, starting at 10:45 p.m. on Wednesday.

The radio station will continue with the specials to close this commemoration on Thursday, September 30, at 15:30, with the broadcast of the special program Natalicio de José María Morelos y Pavón, which will address the contributions, struggle, and thought of the Servant of the Nation.

Sound Garden

For its part, the Fonoteca Nacional will premiere on its YouTube profile the Jardín Sonoro -online space to enjoy a selection of sound documents- to mariachi music, with the transmission on September 16, of ¡Achis, achis!... Los primeros mariachis (The first mariachis).

In turn, the National Institute of Historical Studies of the Mexican Revolutions (INEHRM), on the occasion of the commemoration of the beginning and consummation of Mexico's Independence, offers a wide program of courses, conferences, book presentations, and forums during the patriotic month. Among them, next Monday, September 20, at 11:00 a.m., will be the lecture: "The Independence of our country: What happened? Who participated and why?", by specialist David Guerrero.

921: The Revolution and the Independence Centennial

In addition to 1921: The Revolution and the Centennial of Independence, a forum to be held in collaboration with the Historical Archive of Mexico City and the National Museum of the Revolution, which will be broadcast on September 22 at 5:00 p.m. on the Institute's Facebook page at /inehrm.fanpage.

Meanwhile, on Monday, September 27, at 5:00 p.m., the conference "200 years after the Consummation of Independence" will be presented, with the participation of specialists Rodrigo Moreno, Andrea Rodríguez, and John Tutino, and moderated by Regina Tapia. The complete offer of INEHRM can be consulted on its website and its social networks: on Twitter @INEHRM, Facebook inehrm.fanpage and INEHRM YouTube Channel.

To learn about the other activities organized as part of this commemoration, you can visit the platforms,, or the social networks and websites of each institution.