On November 1, 2014, the “Night of the Angels”, the Living Arts & Science Center will present the 9th annual Day of the Dead Festival with a participatory celebration at the Living Arts & Science Center as well as at the Old Episcopal Burying Ground at the corner of E. 3rd Street and Elm Tree Lane. This is a participatory experience that includes the visual, musical, dance and culinary traditions of this holiday that is celebrated in Mexico and parts of Central and South America. The Festival will include live music and dance performances, traditional food, hands-on crafts, art exhibits and a gallery talk by the artists, a candlelight parade, and an exhibition of altars in the Old Episcopal Burying Ground.
The 2014 Festival will include traditional Mexican dance performed by Casa de la Cultura Hispanica de Lexington and by men’s dance company, Matlachines. Mariachi singer and guitarist Jose Rivera will also perform throughout the evening.
A variety of hands-on crafts typical of Day of the Dead celebrations will take place indoors and out and will include decorating Sugar Skulls, creating papel picado (cut paper streamers), and the creation of large, decorative kites based upon a Guatemalan Day of the Dead tradition. Hundreds of these kites, created for the Day of the Dead Festival by area schools , will be on exhibit as well.
At dusk, musicians and dancers will lead participants in a beautiful candlelight parade from the LASC to the Old Episcopal Burying Ground at 3rd Street and Elm Tree Lane.
In the cemetery, participants may view an exciting exhibition of altars in and around the gravesites of this historic cemetery and enjoy additional performances by traditional dancers and musicians.
Altars are being created by Latino and non-Latino artists and community and student groups. Viewers may talk with artists, school groups and community members who have created both traditional altars as they would be presented in Mexican cemeteries as well as altar designs inspired by this joyful celebration. In the cemetery informal discussions will take place to educate participants about the altars, Day of the Dead, and the traditions and symbolism associated with this important Latin American holiday.