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Hermosillo Celebrates 320th Anniversary Of The City’s Founding With Virtual Festival

Fiestas Del Pitic
Hermosillo Instituto Municipal De Cultural y Arte
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The 320th anniversary of the founding of Hermosillo, Sonora is being celebrated online this year with a virtual Fiestas Del Pitic May 18-31.

Every May for the last 18 years, the capital city of neighboring Sonora, Mexico, has celebrated the anniversary of its founding with a cultural festival. In the face of the coronavirus pandemic this year, the festivities have moved online.

More than 100 musicians, performers and historians are participating in this year’s 14-day  virtual Fiestas del Pitic in Hermosillo celebrating the 320th anniversary of the city’s founding on May 18, 1700.

"This time, we're celebrating from home," said Diana Reyes Gonzalez, director of Hermosillo’s Art and Culture Institute.

She said the celebration was already months in the making when the coronavirus hit. So organizers and artists decided rather than cancel, they’d find a way for Hermosillo residents to enjoy the festivities while safely at home.

The festival includes daily talks and workshops on Facebook. And will wrap with four nights of live, virtual concerts performed by local musicians next Thursday through Sunday, May 28-31.

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Kendal Blust, an Arizona native, reports from KJZZ’s bureau in Hermosillo, Sonora, focusing on business and economic relationships between Arizona and northern Mexico.Prior to joining KJZZ, Kendal worked at the Nogales International, reporting on border and immigration issues, local government, education and business. While working on her master’s degree at University of Arizona School of Journalism, she did stints with the Arizona Daily Star and the Tico Times in Costa Rica, and completed a thesis project about women art activists in the Arizona-Sonora borderlands.In her pre-journalist life, Kendal was a teacher, first helping Spanish high school students learn English, then heading to Tucson to teach fourth grade.When she’s not in the newsroom, Kendal enjoys getting outside for a hike or a swim, catching a good movie, hanging out with family and friends, and eating great food.