Anillo Perif. 5141, Pedregal de Carrasco, Tlalpan, 14030 Ciudad de México, CDMX
This concert hall of Mexico City has had a prominent place in the city’s cultural life since it was first inaugurated in 1979. Since then many nights at the Ollin Yoliztli have seen countless visitors dressed in their best evening wear walk its revered halls on their way to enjoy a magnificent concert by one of several orchestras that call this cultural center their home, be it the Philarmonic Orchestra of Mexico City, the Secretary of Culture’s Music Band, the Symphonic Band of Mexico City, or the Choir of Mexico City. The venue also hosts theatre plays or film projections on occasion, as well as offering musical classes related to a variety of different instruments, genres, and levels of expertise; like beginner, intermediate, and higher levels of concert music, Mexican classical, and contemporary and traditional dance; the Cultural Center Ollin Yoliztli for several decades now has followed its main mission which is promoting arts & culture within the community in a comfortable and enticing environment that invites people to feel welcomed.
The cultural center serves 2,200 children and teenagers every year with its plethora of classes, concerts, and cultural activities; there are choir and orchestra classes for minors, as well as workshops dedicated to graphic arts and musical instruments. Their main concert hall, the Sala Silvestre Revueltas, can seat up to 1,200 people and is mainly used for the premier ensembles housed in the center such as the Philarmonic Orchestra of Mexico City, or the Symphonic Band of Mexico; there’s also a smaller room for more intimate performances, such as those conducted by chamber music ensembles, it’s named the Sala Hermilio Novelo and has 155 seats. The center also has a couple of galleries for exhibitions, called Tonali and “La Fuente” (The fountain).
The cultural center Ollin Yoliztli is located a few meters away from the Perisur shopping mall which has all the modern dining and shopping conveniences, and there’s a Metrobús Línea 1 named “Perisur” right in front of the shopping mall, and could be used as your means of transportation. There are also several fast-food restaurants on this stretch of Periférico (the city’s main loop) between Perisur and the Ollin Yoliztli center. If you’re staying for a while in Mexico City you might want to enjoy one of the activities offered at this center, Ollin Yoliztli is a term in náhuatl (the language spoken by the Aztecs) that means “life and movement”, which is exactly what the center wants to infuse to this southern portion of the city.