The Centro Cultural Zapotitlán is the nerve-center of Santiago Zapotitlán. It’s involved with all of the festivals, fiestas and events for which the town is famous over the course of each year. The highlight is, of course, the Fiesta de las Luces y la Música (Festival of Lights and Music) every July.
A few blocks north of the town center and the parish church, the center has plenty of space. It hosts exhibitions, classes and meetings. Participants come from all over the City to participate. In the past, they’ve been especially praised for concerts and folkloric ballet performances. Activities take place throughout the town and even in remote parts of Tláhuac and across the City.
In the center’s own words, the Zapotitlán Cultural Center allows the community to:
1. reaffirm community identity and project that identity through culture on the local and regional levels
2. make culture a tool for development, democratic dialogue, social cohesion, and quality of life
3. conserve, research, disseminate, and protect the tangible and intangible cultural heritage of the people
4. promote reading among residents through programs tailored to all segments of the population, and…
5. support and stimulate artistic creation in all its various forms: visual arts, literature, music, dance, popular, and urban cultures, theater and alternative media.
The cultural center also recently inaugurated an auditorium with capacity for 185 guests.