The Wellington Zapatista Solidarity Group invites you to three events in celebration of Dia de Los Muertos / Day of the Dead – Sunday 2 November 2008.
Summary of Events
DIA DE LOS MUERTOS FIESTA, SUNDAY 2 NOVEMBER, 7.30PM, HAPPY
NO OLVIDADO/ DON’T FORGET EXHIBITION
AT WELLINGTON MUSEUM OF CITY AND SEA
OPENING EVENT SATURDAY 1 NOVEMBER, 12PM-4.30PM
SUNDAY 2 NOVEMBER- PROCESSION FROM EXHIBITION TO FIESTA AT HAPPY DEPARTS 6PM
Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is an annual festival evolving from both pre Columbian culture and the Catholic religion it is observed throughout Latin America and celebrates life by honouring the deceased. The festival surrounds the belief that spirits briefly return to Earth in order to maintain a connection with the living and to re-experience the sensory world. During the festivity, friends and family often honour the deceased by visiting cemeteries. They bring with them food, flowers, music, and prayers. Colourful paper cut-outs called papel picado decorate churches and cemeteries.
In Wellington, there are two THREE great events to let people in the Capital City join in the celebrations and to learn more about Mexican culture;
AN EXHIBITION, A PROCESSION AND A FIESTA
* Event 1*
No Olvidado / Don’t Forget
An exhibition by William Franco & Miki Seifert
Museum of Wellington City and Sea
Te Waka Huia o Nga Taonga Toku Iho
November 1 – December 1 2008
This art installation honours the hundreds of unnamed Mexicans who die each year trying to cross the border into the United States of America. Most of these people risk death in order to improve their economic fortune.
The opening event on *November 1, 12noon-4:30pm* will feature live models displaying traditional clothing of the various countries which celebrate the Day of the Dead. Food and drinks provided
On November 2, 6pm a Day of the Dead Procession will begin from the City and Sea Museum carrying colourful memorabilia of deceased loved ones. The public is invited to join and remember their own deceased loved ones. The procession will end at Happy Bar for the Day of the Dead fiesta – a fundraiser for indigenous communities in Mexico.
Day of the Dead fiesta
A fundraiser for Zapatista Indigenous Healthcare
Happy Bar (corner of Vivian and Tory St )
Sunday November 2, 7:30pm
Entry by koha
Featuring Mexican Folk dance and Flamenco performances, Wellington bands Head and Mr. Sterile Assembly and poetry from Mercedes Webb-Pullman and more performances on the theme of life and death, this will be a fun celebration where participants can also remember deceased loved ones and celebrate their lives.
All proceeds from this event will go towards assisting the community of La Garrucha in Chiapas Mexico to deliver basic health services.
Brought to you by the Wellington Zapatista Solidarity Group