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Day of the Dead/Dia De los Muertos Celebration this Sunday!

Posted in Announcement, Event with tags , , , , , , , , , , on October 29, 2009 by floweroftheword

dayofthedead09revised*The Wellington Zapatista Support Group invites you to join us for:

 

*Day of the Dead: A Celebration of Life** *Sunday Ist November 2009 –

two events!*

 

*4pm MUSEUM OF WELLINGTON CITY AND SEA* (Queens Wharf Jervois Quay)

 

*OFRENDA and Face-painting/Preparation for the STREET PROCESSION*

through Wellington’s streets to *Bar Bodega* (departs 6PM)

 

*7.30pm **BAR BODEGA *101 Ghuznee Street.

 

*DIA DE LOS MUERTOS* *Fiesta – featuring: Bella Cajon, Julie Bevan,

Carlos Naverrette, Te Kupu, Sam Kelly, German Renthel, and other

performers – **plus music, poetry, dance, and SPOT PRIZES!!*

 

Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is an annual festival observed

throughout Latin America originating in pre Columbian culture which

celebrates life by honouring the dead. It is believed that on this day

each year the spirits of the dead return to Earth to reconnect with the

living, and re-experience the sensory world. Friends and family honour

the deceased by celebrating in cemeteries, homes, and public spaces with

food, flowers, music, and prayers. Colourful paper cut-outs called papel

picado decorate churches and cemeteries. Fancy dress, especially

skeletons and other deathly outfits, is the norm.

 

In recent years Mexicans living locally have brought this festival alive

for New Zealanders, and once again invite Wellingtonians and visitors

alike to share in their celebrations of this traditional cultural – and

colourful – event.

 

At *Museum of Wellington City and Sea/Te Waka Huia o Nga Taonga Toku Iho

*there will be a *Traditional Ofrenda *on display*, *as well as

*Face-painting and Preparation for the Procession.*

 

Ofrenda’s – or altars – often have a photo of the deceased, and are

elaborately-decorated with flowers as well as objects, foods and drinks

that the dead prized or enjoyed while they lived. It is believed that

displaying their favourite things entices their souls to return to take

part in the remembrance celebrations.

 

This year’s ofrenda is dedicated to Emiliano Zapata, Commandante Ramona,

Subcommandante Marcos, and the people of Honduras. It will be on display

from 4pm, and remain in place 1- 7^th November. (Photo of Diego Rivera

Ofrenda in Mexico City in 2006 attached, as an example)

 

There will also be face-painting and preparation for the street

procession, which will leave at 6pm. The public is encouraged to join

in, wear fancy dress, and carry colourful memorabilia of deceased loved

ones. The procession will wind through Wellington streets to end at *Bar

Bodega*.

 

Inside *Bar Bodega (*$10 cover charge) there will be performances* *on

the theme of life and death by a variety of acts, from poet Mercedes

Webb-Pullman to musicians such as Bella Cajon and Te Kupu, to Latin

dancers, and more.

 

All proceeds from the Bodega event will go to the community of La

Garrucha in Chiapas, Mexico.

 

 

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Dia De Los Muertos / Day of the Dead 2009

Posted in Announcement with tags , , , on October 11, 2009 by floweroftheword

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We are just confirming the final details for our annual Day of the Dead events… Stay tuned for more info, or email us at zapatistasolidarity{at}gmail.com.

saludos,

Wellington Zapatista Support Crew

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

**

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

Want to recieve email invites to our events?

Posted in Announcement with tags , , , , , on August 12, 2008 by floweroftheword

If you’d like to recieve information by email about events (film nights, fiestas, exhibitions etc) that the Wellington Zapatista Support Group is organising, please join our supporters email list ‘altavoz’.

To do this just send a blank email to: altavoz-subscribe@lists.riseup.net

You will recieve an email asking that you confirm your subscription (by replying)

And that’s it!

(And you don’t need to worry about recieving avalanches of mail, we usually only send out 1-3 announcements per month.)

We’ll be in touch soon with the details of our next film night…

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

Come to our next film night – Tuesday 24 June

Posted in Event with tags , , , , on June 19, 2008 by floweroftheword

Hola a tod@s,

The Wellington Zapatista Support Group will show 2 films made by Zapatista communities next Tuesday 24 June starting at 8pm. The venue for the screening is Happy, corner Vivian and Tory Streets, Wellington city.

‘We Speak Against Injustice’ (2003, 34 mins) and ‘The Silence of the Zapatistas’ (2001, 12 mins) tell the story of the popular struggle for the rights of indigenous peoples in Mexico. Military and paramilitary violence against Zapatista communities is seen in the context of globalisation: The state and federal government uses violence to pressure Zapatista communities to leave their land, so that natural resources can be exploited.

Entry to the film night is by koha/donation. All proceeds go towards the provision of health care in Zapatista communities in the caracol of La Garrucha, one of the areas affected by the recent military and paramilitary attacks.

We look forward to seeing you there!

saludos,

Wellington Zapatista Support Group