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National Centre for the Arts

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Neighborhood: Coyoacan
Address:  Calzada de Tlalpan corner Rio Churubusco
Metro: General Anaya
Opened: Every day from 9:00 to 21:00 hrs.

 

Like a city of art, in the midst of another great city, the National Centre for the Arts, constitutes one of the largest cultural complexes in Mexico City and one of the most important artistic centres in the world.

The National Centre for the Arts was built in the site of the former Churubusco Studios, internationally recognized as a key stage and producer of some of the most outstanding Mexican films in the 1940s, a period known as the golden age of national cinema. After years of abandonment and after a fire that devastated the old National Film Library, a new proposal was conceived in the 1990s for the construction of a cultural complex that would hold the different schools of the National Institute of Fine Arts: the Esmeralda Art School, the National Dance School, the National Music Conservatory, the National Theatre Arts School and the Centre for Cinematography. The proposal was set to improve the schools facilities and to showcase their activities with the help of auditoriums, theatres, exhibition spaces, libraries and concert halls, which soon became a focus point, at an international level, for art produced in Mexico.

Some of the most outstanding Mexican architects of the time, such as Teodoro González de León, Enrique Norten, Ricardo Legorreta, López-Baz and Calleja, among others, were summoned to participate in the Centres development, creating, with their personal interpretation, some of the most outstanding examples of Mexican architecture of the late 20th Century.

A large number of artistic and cultural events take place at the National Centre for the Arts, ranging from open-air concerts in one of its plazas or gardens, to the massive celebrations of important dates like International Dance Day, as well as classical music concerts, cinematography festivals, exhibitions, courses and workshops in all of the different schools.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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