Día de los Muertos ‘19
The colourful world of Mexico’s Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) returns to SouthGate Bath with an immersive installation throughout the month of October and a community parade on the evening of Thurs 31st Oct from 7pm. While parades are not synonymous with Day of the Dead in Mexico, our own community procession has been inspired by the recent parades held in Mexico City.
TRADITIONAL MASK MAKING WORKSHOPS
Our community artists have spent a lot of time researching this fascinating culture, and we are particularly grateful to Mexican audio-visual artist, Pablo Villierezz, who has been a valuable source of knowledge and advice in creating this year’s project. Pablo will be leading traditional children’s mask making workshops between 12:00-15:00 on the day of the parade as well as unveiling a unique projection show to start kick off the parade!
THE AFTER PARTY
Our annual fundraiser heads to Komedia Bath for a spectacular evening of freaky funk, disco beats and spooky classics.
Your musical guardians for the evening are Bedmo Disco Records, Bristol’s notorious DJ collective, renowned for their legendary underground parties.
We’re kicking off the evening with some high octane dance music courtesy of 9-piece funk outfit Wasabi.
Get down early for professional face-painting and live stage dancers. Prize for the best fancy-dress costume.
ABOUT DÍA DE LOS MUERTOS
‘Day of the dead’
Though related Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is not a Mexican version of Halloween and they differ in traditions and tone.
The focus of the festival is celebrating the love and respect held for past family members. Revellers throughout Latin America wear vibrant makeup and costumes, dance in parades and make offerings to loved ones passed.
By keeping their memory alive, spirits may temporarily return to earth during the Día de los Muertos festivities. Today these celebrations take place on November 1st and 2nd.
ABOUT OUR INSTALLATION
While the styles and customs associated with Día de los Muertos vary by region, our installation at SouthGate Bath intends to capture the essence of the holiday, incorporating common colour palettes, objects and traditional terminology associated with the holiday.
The walkways in SouthGate feature 20,000 individual marigolds (cempazuchitls). The flowers’ colour and scent are believed to guide souls back from the dead.
Calacas are the skeletons synonymous with the festival. The trio of calacas on display here are depicted as Mariachi musicians, a musical genre originating from Western Mexico.
Colourful representations of the human skull, often depicted in drawings, engravings, cartoons, or models as part of the Día de los Muertos celebrations. Seven large calaveras have been constructed for this project and decorated with marigolds and ribbon.
Based on the Mexican engraver/artist José Posada’s female skeleton character dressed in 19th century costume. A life-sized Lady Catrina can be found sat in SouthGate wearing an iconic feathered hat.
One of the most recognisable symbols of Mexican culture, alebrijes are colourful sculptures of fantastical creatures. Although not specifically associated with Día de los Muertos, many large cities in Mexico finance large displays of alebrijes to coincide with the festival. A collection of these vibrant animals in skeleton form are hidden throughout SouthGate for you to find.
GATOS Y RATA Cat and Rat
CINO PAJARITOS Five Baby Birds
FAMILIA DE MURCIÉLAFOS Family of Bats