It is a festival that encourages citizen's participation towards sustainable development, through arts and culture. Since 2008, it has connected more than 1,500 people and organizations who do take care of community and environment, having a direct impact on social cohesion and in recovering public spaces. The next "Festival de la Tierra" will have its 12 annual edition from April 22nd to 26th, 2020, as a part of the Earth's Day celebration in Monterrey city, Mexico.
In Monterrey city there's a lack of public and green urban spaces used as meeting points & outdoor recreation for citizens. According to a study case published by the University of Nuevo Leon, there are public areas abandoned, without maintenance, inaccesible for participation, affecting on increasing insecurity and social segregation. Through cultural and artistic interventions, this project has an impact in connecting people and encouraging social participation for the recovering this areas.
Festival de la Tierra encourages citizens' participation for recovering and aproppiating public spaces and green urban areas, located in Monterrey city. The process of participation involves creativity and networking, providing different open spots to make visible during each year, a diversity of more than 100 people and organizations, taking action for social cohesion and local sustainable development (including 3 main pillars: community, environment, and social and solidarity economy).
As a result for Festival de la Tierra project, there will be an empowered local citizenship, with a stronger partnership taking action for approaching sustainable development principles and goals in Monterrey city. More than 50 public areas and green urban spaces will be recovered, resulting in strenghting of social cohesion, environmental impact, safety, inclusion, health and accesibility. Since 2008, this project has directly connected more than 1,500 people in at least, 100 different spaces.