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Dia De Los Muertos 2016: Memory - Roots


Mon 31 Oct 2016, 5:00pm
Tue 1 Nov 2016, 11:00am
Wed 2 Nov 2016, 11:00am
Thu 3 Nov 2016, 11:00am
Fri 4 Nov 2016, 11:00am
Sat 5 Nov 2016, 11:00am

Where: Thistle Hall, 293 Cuba St, Te Aro, Wellington

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Listed by: ijamesharcourt

As every year for the past 8 years, we are celebrating the 2016 Day of the Dead. This is a multicultural community engagement for the celebration and expression of the immortality of life, our ancestors and the transition through death, where everyone is welcome to participate and share the fun.

The Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos) is an ancient tradition when Mexicans honour the spirits of their deceased ancestors, paying homage to the short time life has as a flower on earth, with colourful altars in their homes and all-night vigils in cemeteries. It is a celebration of both life and death, reminding us of the cycles we are all a part of.

The Day of the Dead celebrations in Mexico can be traced back to a pre-Columbian past. Rituals celebrating the deaths of ancestors had been observed by these civilizations perhaps for as long as 2,500–3,000 years. In the pre-Hispanic era skulls were commonly kept as trophies and displayed during the rituals to symbolize death and rebirth. The festival that became the modern Day of the Dead fell in the ninth month of the Aztec calendar, about the beginning of August, and was celebrated for an entire month.

Jorge Herrera (Mexican) is the Founder and Director, and he is helped by a handful of Coordinators/Committee members. We are all very connected to various communities, whether it be for celebrating culture, diversity, music, food, art, poetry, dance...

This year we have Six Modules: Art, Performance (including theatre), music, education, spirituality and creative play (for kids).

Come and join us to enjoy the fun!

Programme Day of The Dead 2016 - Memory - Roots: Bridging the Past, Present and Future

Monday 31 October - (Thistle Hall):
- 5pm - Venue’s Blessing
- 5:30pm Powhiri
- 6pm - Dance Performance
- 7pm - Opening Ceremony
- 7:30pm - Music Concert

Tuesday 1 November - (Thistle Hall):
- 11am - Open Gallery
- 5pm - Music Concert
- 6pm - Dance Performance
- 7pm - Trade Aid talk
- 8pm - Music Concert

Wednesday 2 November - (Thistle Hall):
- 11am - Open Gallery
- 5pm - Music Concert
- 6pm - Soul Journey Talks
(Facing death in our communities)

Thursday 3 November - (Thistle Hall):
- 11am - Open Gallery
- 5pm - Music Concert
- 5:30pm - Indigenous Resistance Talk (Women’s liberation in Zapatista communities)
- 6:15pm - Mayan Documentary
(Heart of Sky Heart of Earth)
- 7pm - Music Concert

Friday 4 November - (Thistle Hall):
- 11am - 5pm Open Gallery

At Innermost Gardens (31 Lawson Pl, Mt Victoria Wgtn)
- 6pm - Dance
- 6:30pm - Frida’s Album Puppet Show
(String Bean Puppet)
- 7pm - Frida vs Khalo Theatre Play

Saturday 5 November - (Thistle Hall):
- 11am - Creative Play (Workshop & Fun for kids)
- 2pm - Face Painting
- 3pm - Canta Conmigo concert.
- 3:30pm - Music
- 6:30pm - Parade

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