6 October 2004 - 8 October 2004

The world of Mexican wrestling, where heroes and villains parade their physical abilities in the theatre of the ring, will be brought to Colchester to coincide with an exhibition at the Art Exchange, University of Essex, Colchester campus.

Two wrestling matches, featuring famed Mexican wrestlers Blue Panther and El Hijo del Santo, will be staged at the Colchester Arts Centre and the University to animate an exhibition of prints inspired by wrestling on show at the Art Exchange.

The exhibition, entitled Arena Mexico, consists of prints by Mexican artist Demián Flores Cortés whose work is inspired by the symbols of popular culture in his native country. His work is particularly influenced by wrestling which has a similarly wide fan base in Mexico as football has in the UK. Like British footballers, Mexican wrestlers often come from humble origins to become the most well-known faces in the country, some even becoming movie stars.

The exhibition and programme of events is being jointly funded by the University, Colchester Borough Council, the Mexican Embassy in the UK, Visiting Arts and the Arts Council.

Blue Panther and El Hijo del Santo will face each other in two matches, the first at Colchester Arts Centre on 6 October at 6pm and again in a revenge match at the University of Essex on 8 October at 4pm. Admission is £5 for adults and £3 for concessions. Children of all ages are welcome.

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