Cumbre Tajín (Photo by Frederick Bernas)

This package was first broadcast by Monocle 24 Radio on April 1, 2013.


Last week, the Cumbre Tajín festival on Mexico’s east coast wrapped up its 14th edition.

Inspired by European events like WOMAD, it was intended as a one-off back in 2000.

Now, people from far and wide flock to this unique festival. It celebrates the region’s indigenous heritage with thousands of activities – combined with a distinctly popular musical lineup on the main stage.

We sent Frederick Bernas to examine this intriguing culture clash.