Puerto Vallarta, Mexico - With a rate of 13.5 suicides per every 100 thousand young people, suicide is a global phenomenon that occurs in all regions of the world. According to WHO data released in 2016, suicide is the second-leading cause of death for 15- to 29-year-olds, after accidents and homicide. It's also thought that at least 25 attempts are made for every completed suicide.
According to state statistics, suicide is on the rise among young people in Jalisco, so the city of Puerto Vallarta is hosting the 6th edition of "Vida Fest" (Life Fest) this weekend. Set to take place April 13, 14, and 15 at the "Aquiles Serdán" Open Air Theater, the festival is a non-profit event which seeks to generate social awareness about the problem of suicide through cultural activities such as circus, street theater, clown art, music, painting workshops and many other free activities.
The festival will include shows by important artists such as Danzirco, Circolodum, Papos y su Pandilla, Malagueta, Cuba Renacer and La Compañía Pata de Perro, among others, along with special guest Jef Johnson, an American clown, philosopher, and drama teacher.
Jef is best known for his investigation into the concept of "state of clown" and "the emerging game." Johnson was a principle artist in the Broadway and International touring company of Slava's Snowshow and has worked with Cirque du Soleil as a workshop director, clown-animator and special artistic consultant.
Make plans now to come out to Los Arcos del Malecón this weekend for the 6th annual "Vida Fest," which not only raises awareness about such an important issue as suicide, but also provides lots of free family-friendly fun!For more information and schedule of events, visit the Vida Fest Vallarta Facebook page.