Mexico City is hosting groups from 82 countries at the 5th Culturas Amigas Fair.

Mexico City Mayor Miguel Angel Mancera inaugurated the fair over the weekend, welcoming the groups to the capital, where they will perform.

The fair, which runs until June 9, provides an opportunity for Mexico City's residents to learn about the culture, customs and attire of the nations participating in the event, Mancera said.

The event is taking place on the Paseo de la Reforma, Mexico City's most iconic avenue.

An artistic forum is being held at Chapultepec Forest, where acts from Russia, South Korea, Uruguay, Cuba, India, Britain and Mexico will perform.

"We are telling the world that Mexico City is a city that wants to be recognized as a friendly city, as a city that provides a window to the world, an international window," the mayor said.

The multicultural event provides a chance for Mexicans to enjoy a series of artistic outings, Mancera said. EFE