Kiev Ballet to dance at International Cervantino Festival in Mexico

TRAVEL Q&A

August 14, 1994|By New York Times News Service

Q: I am planning a fall trip to Mexico's colonial cities of Guanajuato, Queretaro, San Miguel de Allende and San Luis Potosi. Can you tell me of any interesting events during October or November?

A: Your timing seems to be good; several events are taking place then.

In Guanajuato, the 22nd annual International Cervantino Festival will take place Oct. 5-23 and will feature art exhibits, dances, concerts and films. This year's performers include the Kiev Ballet and the Montreal Symphony Orchestra.

Organizers are expecting more than 1,400 performers and artists from 33 countries to participate, and they urge anyone interested in attending to make hotel reservations and buy tickets as far ahead as possible.

Tickets range from about $3 to $27, figured at a rate of 3.3 pesos to the dollar. For more information write to: The International Cervantino Festival, 273 Alvaro Obregon, Cuarto Piso, Colonia Roma, 06700, Mexico D.F.; telephone 011-52-5 -533-4121 in Mexico City or 011-52-473-209-59 in Guanajuato. Closer to the festival date tickets may be bought through TicketMaster in Mexico City; telephone 011-52-5-325-9000.

A festival celebrating the patron saint of San Miguel de Allende will be held there in late September and early October. St. Michael's Day is Sept. 29 this year; festivities will run into the weekend of Oct. 1-2, centered around the plaza and the cathedral, and will include bullfights, fireworks, religious processions and dances.

No tickets are needed, but hotel reservations are recommended.

On Nov. 1-2, all of Mexico celebrates the Day of the Dead by erecting shrines and visiting cemeteries. Nov. 20 is Revolution Day in Mexico; there are parades of students and athletes in many of the larger cities (including San Luis Potosi) to celebrate the Mexican Revolution.

Q: Some European countries require that United States citizens have a passport valid for a certain period of time after the end of a visit (usually six months), but I am unable to ascertain just which countries currently have this requirement. I ask because I am planning an extensive trip to Europe and my passport expires in February 1995.

A: The Bureau of Consular Affairs of the State Department, in charge of passports, advises that it does not maintain a list of countries that have this requirement because of the frequency with which it changes. However, in a pamphlet titled "Foreign Entry Requirements," American travelers are advised that some countries do indeed demand that your passport be valid at least six months beyond the dates of your trip. It is suggested that travelers check with the embassy or nearest consulate of the countries they plan to visit for updated requirements.

The booklet is available for 50 cents from the Consumer Information Center, Pueblo, Colo. 81009.

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