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The main stage in Playa del Carmen for the Riviera Maya Jazz festival in 2018. Photo: Courtesy

The resort city of Playa del Carmen says it’s ready to host its international Jazz festival once again this November.

The festival will be of a hybrid nature, with some of the events being held online to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, city authorities announced.

The event is scheduled to be held from Nov. 4 to Nov. 27 but the headline acts will be performing for in-person audiences on the weekend beginning Nov. 25. 

“We are thrilled to be hosting our jazz festival again. We are certain that it will be a hit with both locals and visitors to the area,” said the city’s subdirector for culture, Rosy Vivanco.

The jazz festival, which will be celebrating its 19th edition, will feature 58 performances including music from Big Band de Playa del Carmen, Interaktiva Jazz, and La Parrandera. 

Entrance to the festival will be free and all in-person shows will be held outdoors. Though food and drink will be available for purchase, attendees are free to bring their own snacks.

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More information can be found on the Jazz festival’s official website

Playa del Carmen and other resort towns along the Mayan Riviera such as Tulum have seen a considerable decrease in visitors during the COVID-19 pandemic.

That said, the region’s tourism sector as a whole has been fairly resilient in the face of the pandemic. This is likely the case due to Mexico’s easy-going attitude regarding COVID-19 screening and quarantine procedures, especially in contrast with other destinations in the Caribbean. 

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