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
$10
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Familias de Familiares
Teatro Español
May 15, 17, and 18, 10:00 am
May 19, 6:00 pm
$10
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Sor Juana Legacy Award Reception
May 23, 6:00 pm
$50 Includes Presentation and Dinner
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Cuerdas Clasicas
May 26, 7:00 pm
$20
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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. Additional info and tickets can be found here

Cuerpo Sano, Vida Sana
Sound Body, Healthy Life
June 10, 17 and 24, 1:30 pm
Free
This event is free, however registration is required. Additional info and tickets can be found here

Cielito Lindo
June 19, 6:00 pm
Free
This event is free, however registration is required. Additional info and tickets can be found here.

Made in L.A. directed by Almudena Carracedo
June 23 - 2pm
Free

This event is free, however registration is required. Additional info and tickets can be found here.

La Diosa Arrodillada directed by Roberto Gavaldon
June 30 – 2pm 
Free
This event is free, however registration is required. Additional info and tickets can be found here.