Sala Netzahualcóyolt: A Mexican cultural landmark

Author: Dirección General de TV UNAM

The UNAM holds one of the most remarkable cultural centres in the continent whose design makes it a cultural tool of its own.

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As seat to the Philharmonic Orchestra of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (OFUNAM), the Sala Netzahualcoyotl was inaugurated on 30 December 1976. Located in the Centro Cultural Universitario of the National Autonomous University of Mexico, its construction was overviewed by engineer Francisco de Pablo Galán, architect Orso Nuñez and Juilliard Music Scholar Christopher Jaffe, which turned Sala Netzahualoyolt into one of the best performance halls in Latin America for its acoustic and architecture.

Sala Netzahualcoyotl is fit for 2,177 spectators with its stage placed at the center of the room. Inspired by the Berlienar Philharmoniker –seat of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Berlin— In the Sala’s rounded structure the audience can set in front, behind and beside the orchestra, and with a resonance chamber underneath, the structure distributes sound throughout the whole room with the same clarity. Thus, it makes the Sala int one of the most remarkable halls in Mexico and Latin America.

When the hall gave a permanent home to the OFUNAM in 1976, the Sala became one of the cultural magnets of art and culture within the university and Mexico itself. Its diverse catalogue –which include musical performances and cultural conferences— and its affordability have provided cultural access to the university students and general population to make it stand out as a landmark of Mexican cultural effort.

Orchestra / Band Orchestra of the National Autonomous University of Mexico
Production Company TV UNAM
TV Director Iván Trujillo Bolio



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