Now in its third year, Agave Festival Marfa has grown to feature nine days of programming—including talks, film screenings and music, agave-centric meals and spirits tastings, and other events—inspired by the central role played by the agave plant in the lifeways of the greater southwest borderlands. From June 1 through 9, you’ll have the opportunity to explore an expansive roster of programs and experiences at an unhurried pace across a range of venues throughout Marfa and nearby.
Participants in this year’s festival include:
· Tomas Estes, of Tequila Ocho and one of two worldwide tequila ambassadors for the Mexican government, recounting his life in the tequila industry
· Mexican architecture expert Sharon Greenhill discussing images of the goddess and personification of the maguey plant, Mayahuel, in the Aztec codices
· Kay Turner, founder of Texas Folklife Resources, in conversation with Josh Franco, National Collector at the Archives American Art, about home altars in the US / Mexico borderlands
· Tony Berlant, artist and author of Decoding Mimbres Painting: Ancient Ceramics of the American Southwest, a New York Times Best Art Book of the Year 2018, on the botanical basis for geometric abstraction in the pottery tradition associated with New Mexico’s Mimbres River Valley pre-Columbian culture
The full schedule will be announced in the coming weeks – keep an eye on www.agavemarfa.com for updates. While some festival events are ticketed and of limited capacity, all talks and discussions are free and open to all ages.
Agave Festival Marfa is an annual festival celebrating the agave and its influence on culture through food, film, music and science. The Festival treats the agave as the indicator species for a region that is binational, multilingual, and deeply informed by indigenous history. It brings communities together through outstanding free and accessible programming including talks by preeminent historians, botanists, artists, anthropologists, and archaeologists. Films, exhibitions, and tastings with agave spirit producers as well as unforgettable dining experiences are offered to everyone. Agave Festival Marfa is made possible by support from the City of Marfa.