Annual Sor Juana Festival

2018 Sor Juana Festival

The Sor Juana Festival serves to honor one of Mexico’s greatest writers, Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, as well as to celebrate and showcase the rich artistic accomplishments of Mexican women from Mexico and the United States. The Festival also honors Mexican women leaders as a testimony to the enduring spirit of Sor Juana.

Known as La Decima Musa (the Tenth Muse) and often referred to as the First Feminist of the Americas, Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz (1651-1695) was a playwright, philosopher, mathematician, and poet. During Mexico’s colonial period, women’s roles in society were restrictive, and most educational opportunities, except through the church, were inaccessible to women. Sor Juana entered a convent and became a nun, which enabled her to pursue her passions for scholarship and writing. Sor Juana’s demise happened when she entered a religious debate in the male dominated society of her time. Forced to recant her ideas and relinquish her massive library, she purposely went to care for her fellow nuns during an epidemic, fell ill, and died.

In honor of The Year of Creative Youth in Chicago, the 24th annual Sor Juana Festival will include a special section in honor of youth and family.

2018 Sor Juana Festival Schedule

Tejiendo Caminos (Weaving Paths)
Silvita Diaz Brown Sildance/Acrodanza
May 9, 6:30pm

Weaving Paths is a dance-theater program that blends Diaz Brown's Mexican roots with her acquired American culture. The program will feature two dance works: “La Llorona” and “Del Otro Lado.” 
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Familias Familiares
Teatro Español
May 15, 17, and 18, 10:00 am
May 19, 6:00 pm
Tickets: $5

Through a fun and exciting monologue, a little boy speaks to us about how different his family is from everyone else’s. For this reason he decides to leave home to find a perfect family. Will he find it?
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Sor Juana Legacy Award Reception
May 23, 6:00 pm
Tickets: $50 Includes Presentation and Dinner
This year we are happy to honor Judithe Hernández with the Sor Juana Legacy Award. Hernández, first won acclaim as a muralist during the Los Angeles mural renaissance of the 1970s and as a member of the celebrated Chicano artist collective Los Four. She has established a significant record of exhibition and acquisition of her work by major public and private collections; which include the National Museum of Mexican Art, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, and the Museum of Latin American Art, to name a few.

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Cuerdas Clasicas
May 26, 7:00 pm
Tickets: $20
Cuerdas Clasicas presents its signature concert that celebrates Latin American culture with their music. Enjoy a taste of Mexicanheritage through their mandolins, guitars and romantic melodies.

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CD Release Concert: Mariachi Herencia de México
May 27, 7:00 pm
Tickets: $25

The Latin Grammy nominated Mariachi Herencia de México returns to the National Museum of Mexican Art for a special performance to celebrate the release of the group’s second album titled “Herencia de la Tierra Mia.” 
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Holy Cross/Immaculate Heart of Mary Marimba Ensemble                       
June 5, 6:00 pm
This event is free, however registration is required.
The Holy Cross/Immaculate Heart of Mary Marimba Ensemble is a group spanning almost three decades, playing the Marimba, a xylophone like instrument with a deeper pitch.  Additional info and tickets can be found

Cuerpo Sano, Vida Sana
Sound Body, Healthy Life
June 10, 17 and 24, 1:30 pm
Considering the great need to improve the level of health, nutrition, and hygiene of Latino children, this engaging puppet play provides important lessons in a very accessible way, including a number of catchy songs with Latin rhythms.
This event is free, however registration is required. Additional info and tickets can be found

Cielito Lindo
June 19, 6:00 pm
Cielito Lindo is a modern Mexican mariachi style band formed by the Lucero family of 9. The family performs the traditional music of Mexico but also performs the occasional a cappella & English pop song. 
This event is free, however registration is required. Additional info and tickets can be found

Made in L.A. directed by Almudena Carracedo
June 23 - 2pm
Directed by Almudena Carracedo, Made in L.A. is an Emmy award-winning feature documentary (70 min) that follows the remarkable story of three Latina immigrants working in Los Angeles garment sweatshops as they embark on a three-year odyssey to win basic labor protections from trendy clothing retailer Forever 21.
This event is free, however registration is required. Additional info and tickets can be found

La Diosa Arrodillada directed by Roberto Gavaldon
June 30 – 2pm 
The destructive passion of Antonio Ituarte for a model is the core of this film, in which Gavaldón and José Revueltas rework the conventions of romantic melodrama to enter the territories of the film noir. 
This event is free, however registration is required. Additional info and tickets can be found