The end of the second day lectures came with a reward for those daring enough to seek out the traditional ‘Salon de Baile’ of Mexico City. When the sun set behind suburb clad mountains, an authentic Latin music band took to the stage and set the scene for a truly international integration. Mexican couples of 70 or older looked on in bemusement as a host of contemporary artists and academics took to the floor, everyone eager to show off, or learn from scratch. It soon became apparent there were a handful of native experts, willing to teach the less confident. With the bar serving the best tequila and lemon that this author has ever tasted, it would not be an overstatement to say that Area Gris organised a night to remember. If all lectures were this enjoyable, I imagine the symposium would never end.


Valeria Hes Danzom

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