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Day of the Dead: A Celebration of Life

Posted in Announcement, Event with tags , , , , , , , , , on October 20, 2008 by floweroftheword

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

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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

*Event 2*

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.

*Event 3*

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

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Next Event: Raffle Draw, Film and Fiesta- Friday 8 August

Posted in Event with tags , , , , , , on July 21, 2008 by floweroftheword

Thanks to everyone who came to our last film night on July 16th.

Our next event will be on Friday 8 August at Happy (corner Tory and Vivian Streets) from 8-10pm. Entry by koha/donation.

We will be showing and discussing a short film and celebrating the drawing of our raffle with a surprise or two…

The first prize for the raffle is an autographed copy of “Nights of Fire and Sleeplessness” an illustrated erotic novel by Zapatista spokesperson Subcommandante Marcos (in spanish, with illustrations by Antonio Ramírez)

We will be showing another film made by Zapatista communities about their lives and struggle. More details about the film will be announced soon!

And as usual we will have information about the Zapatistas for you to take away, and some crafts for sale too.

If you would like to buy a raffle ticket or just want more information, please email zapatistasolidarity@gmail.com

saludos!

Wellington Zapatista Support Group

New paths in Resistance – Zapatista Film Screening 16 July

Posted in Event with tags , , , , , , on July 9, 2008 by floweroftheword

featuring:
“The War of fear” (2002, 26 mins)
and “Caracoles: new paths in resistance” (2003, 42 mins)

Wednesday 16 July, from 6.30 pm at Happy, corner of Tory and Vivian Streets, Wellington.
Entry by koha / donation.

All proceeds from this fundraising event will go towards assisting the Caracol of La Garrucha to deliver basic health services.

The Wellington Zapatista Support Group is organising monthly film screenings to raise awareness of the plight of indigenous peoples in Mexico. This screening is the second of a series of documentaries made by Zapatista communities explaining their resistance movement and how it is organized.

‘The war of fear: cases of harassment against autonomous communities’ explains how the Mexican government has combated the Zapatista uprising. Small paramilitary groups have been employed to wage a low intensity war against the autonomous communities. Since 2000, there have been more than 16 paramilitary groups operating in the state of Chiapas.

‘Caracoles: new paths in resistance’ tells the story about the creation of the Caracoles. Since 1994, Zapatista indigenous communities have formed 30 autonomous municipalities, which today cover more than half of the state of Chiapas. In order to confront the challenges of self-governance and to construct a more direct bridge to the rest of the world, the Zapatistas announced the birth of the CARACOLES.

Unlike many indigenous communities reduced to accepting token government hand-outs, the Zapatistas are committed to the peaceful development and provision of their own health, education and justice systems.

Please join us at Happy on the corner of Tory and Vivian streets, Wednesday July 16, 6.30 pm. Admission to the screening is by koha.
Links

Urgent Communique From the Zapatistas – Thursday 4 June, 2008:
http://indymedia.org.nz/newswire/display/75539/index.php

More on the Zapatista movement:
http://www.ezln.org.mx (in Spanish)
http://flag.blackened.net/revolt/mexico.html
http://chiapas.indymedia.org
http://www.narconews.com