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Film, spirits, music and life at the 5th Festival Sayulita

Sayulita Pueblo Mágico invites you to participate in the 5th edition of the Festival Sayulita, taking place from January 31 – February 4, 2018, a fusion of some of the finer things in life: music, food, art, and sports—all of it set against the spectacular scenery of the Riviera Nayarit.

This event was born of magic, the inspiration of its creators and the support of the sui generis community that encourages culture, the arts and open-air activities, underscoring the bohemian atmosphere of this coastal town that has captured the fancy of visitors both domestic and international.

During a press conference on Tuesday, January 23rd the organizers and founders of the festival—Gabriel Villarrubia and Alonso Aréchiga—along with Richard Zarkin, the Public Relations Manager for the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau shared the details and news about this fifth edition, which is expected to attract over 13 thousand visitors.

Besides an extensive program that includes art expos, cinema, dinner pairings, yoga, Stand Up Paddle, and activities for the kids, the highlight of the event will the Jungle Live! with a stellar, world-class musical lineup. “The festival has always represented a little bit of the ‘Sayula’ life,” said Gabbi Villarrubia.

The support offered by the State of the Government of Nayarit via its Tourism Promotion Trust, as well as the Municipality of Bahía de Banderas was also key for the realization of this event, helping everything flow in harmony and safety.




One of the most important aspects of the event—besides the promotion of the Pueblo Mágico (Magical Town)—was the fundraising for El Centro, which, as its name indicates, is a Community Center dedicated to creativity. “This is a place that brings together creative people, it’s a green space ideal for sharing ideas and becoming inspired.”

Also present during the press conference: Nick Sherman, who’s in charge of El Centro; Kike Salazar, from Diseño 220; Luis Verdín, Director for Versa Premium DMC; Iker Amparo, from Cerveza Indio; and José Manuel López Rentería, delegate for Sayulita.

Film: There will be 92 national and international films projected outdoors; 50 will be full-length features with 42 short films. Among them, Takeda, which speaks to the universality of being human through the eyes of a Japanese painter who adopted the culture from the heart of Mexico.

Gastronomy: The best local restaurants will be present with unique dinners paired with good mescal, artisanal beer, and wine.

Music: This is a must for the good life. There will be world-class bands live on stage, among them The Dirty Heads, Nortec Collective Presents: Bostich y Fussible, Mexican Juligans, Quiero Club y Rap and Sayulita’s Wave Collective.

Life: Expect bicycle races, yoga, Stand Up Paddle and other activities, including educational and artistic workshops (think photography) and camping.