KIDS & FAMILY
Esperanza's Dia de los Muertos Celebration
Presented by Esperanza Peace and Justice Center
November 1, 2014
San Antonio’s favorite tribute to the dead is back at the Esperanza Peace and Justice Center. This year, the Esperanza will present their Dia de los Muertos celebration on Saturday, November 1st, 2014 from 3 pm to 9 pm at the Rinconcito de Esperanza (816 S. Colorado). The event will include live music, calavera readings, a muertos procession with Urban 15, teatro callejero, calavera face painting for children and adults, as well as the 1st annual San Fernando cemetery tour led by esperanza staff and buena gente. The event is an all day free event. Traditional pan de muerto and champurado will be offered free to all guests.
In addition to the Dia de los Muertos celebration, the Esperanza will host a series of Day of the Dead workshops
for community members to learn the various aspects of the holiday. The Esperanza aims to train other community members on how to make ofrendas/altares, paper flower, and sugar skulls -all of which are vital pieces of the Day of the Dead celebration. Workshops are open to all ages with a $5 ma?s o menos participation fee or free to all 78207 residents. Supplies will be provided to participants.
Starting off the celebration, guests are invited to join the San Fernando cemetery tour covering the one of the oldest cemeteries in San Antonio with a history dating back to the mid-1800s. Visitors are also invited to stroll through the streets of Guadalupe as we unveil 10 new photobanners as part of our En Aquellos Tiempos Oral History project. Other exciting activities include the now annual muertos procession presented by San Antonio Urban 15, a multidimensional arts group fusing music, movement, and media. Community members will be invited to dance with the muertos as they process through the streets of the Westside.
This year’s musical line-up includes well known and highly talented artists from the San Antonio including folklorist musician Azul Barrientos Las Tesoros de San Antonio with Rita Vidaurri, Blanca Rodriguez, and Beatriz Llamas. Son Jarocho jaraneras will also be present as they play traditional music from the Mexican state of Veracruz. Master accordionist Bene Medina y Conjunto Aguila and San Antonio musical fuse group Los de Esta Noche will top off the evening’s musical offerings.
MujerArtes artwork will also be available for sale at their studio (1412 El Paso) on Saturday, November 1st from 10 am to 5 pm. The official start date for the MujerArtes Dia de los Muertos Art Sale and Exhibit is Saturday, Oct. 18th from 10 am - 5 pm.