Taken on Hyundai buses from Centro Banamex and Sheraton Hotel, guests arrived at the place in different groups so many guided tours were offered. It was an intense journey through the history and culture of Mexico that caused curiosity and admiration among the visitors who took the opportunity to ask questions about the paintings, murals, clothing and various pieces on display, as well as take pictures.
Guests could see the murals “Retablo de la Independencia” by Juan O’Gorman, which represented the beginning of the struggle for emancipation and “Del Porfirismo a la Revolución” by David Siqueiros, which covered the length of an entire room, with a 360° view that puzzled and amazed all who passed through that area.
Castillo de Chapultepec, which offers a panoramic view of Mexico City, is the most historic architectural monument of the country and, in this occasion it hosted about 200 people who gathered at an exclusive salon, ready for a cocktail reception and a live orchestra that played classical music.
Gala dinner and ballet at the hotel
The evening continued with an elegant dinner at the ballroom of the third floor of the Sheraton, where diners could also attend the NGV Champion Awards, among other activities. NGV Global recognizes and honors individuals among its members who, by their actions and endeavors, have promoted and inspired the development of a significant NGV program or activity. This biennial event has paid tribute to some remarkable and sometimes colourful achievers over past years.
Brett Jarman, NGV Global Executive director, presented the awards which were given to Rebecca Royer (Baytech Corporation), who was not present and thanked through a video; to Fred Zweep (Vedder Transport); to Peter Boisen (NGVA Europe former Chairperson), Manuel Lage received the award in his name; Fausto Maranca (president of the Argentinian Chamber for CNG), who was received by Juan Carlos Fracchia, and Ecotruck Co., Ltd, award also thanked through a video.
During the dinner, guests also enjoyed an exclusive show performed by The School of the Ballet Folklórico de Amalia Hernández, widely known in Mexico. On stage, the dancers presented a repertoire of Danza Azteca, Tamaulipas, Veracruz, Yucatan, Sonora and Jalisco. Under the direction of Maestro Francisco Bravo Puebla, the group also features a wide repertoire of Folk Dance, whose choreography was assembled by a team of teachers working in the institution.
It was an extraordinary demonstration of skill and talent through various fragments that were happening one after another, non-stop and with costume changes for each dance. The show received a fervent applause from all participants, who took photographs and followed enthusiastically every step and used clothing. It was a memorable show that crowned a unique night.
Photo 5: Fred Zweep and Gabriele Gozzi
Photo 6: Juan Carlos Fracchia and Gabriele Gozzi