The Arts Festival “Dos Nogales 2020” will be held from October 17-25 in the sister cities of Nogales, Arizona, and Nogales, Sonora (Mexico). The celebration will feature music by local bands and musicians as well as guest artists of multiple genres, a film festival, art exhibits, crafts from the Borderlands region, and traditional cuisine. Visitors to the festival can explore the natural beauty of nearby Patagonia State Park, Peña Blanca Lake, Parker Canyon Lake, and Coronado National Forest, or the Wine Country of Sonoita-Elgin, located 20 miles east of Nogales. This region of North America, sometimes called the “Sky Islands” because of the way mountain ranges jut into the sky from the high desert, is among the most bio-diverse places in the world. Visitors can enjoy guided tours of flora and fauna of different climate zones, depending on elevation, including hundreds bird species that migrate through the region each season. The Sky Islands are part of the northernmost range of many southern species, and the southernmost range of numerous northern species, and are a popular destination for ornithologists, herpetologists, and nature lovers of all ages.
The Borderlands International Music Festival’s Nogales 2020 event will celebrates North America’s diversity of cultures through the international language of music, and will feature multi-genre collaborations between musicians and composers from the United States and Mexico as well as other North, Central, and South American countries. Parallel musical events to “Dos Nogales 2020” are currently being planned in San Diego, CA, El Paso, TX, and other locations.
Bridging Our Common Humanity
To open the 2020 festival, brass bands of musicians from the U.S. and Mexico will perform Aaron Coplands “Fanfare,” a stunning 4-minute work of majestic power and beauty. Originally entitled “Fanfare for the Common Man,” the piece has an interesting history, and has been performed by groups ranging from Emerson, Lake, and Palmer to the New York Philharmonic. If your band or orchestra would like to join the festivities with a parallel performance of Fanfare in your local community, please contact the Borderlands International Music Festival by visiting our “contact” page, where you can also sign up to receive occasional festival updates.
“There is no Them, there is only Us”
–Luís Alberto Urrea