Dia de Muertos (Day of the Dead) dates back prior to the arrival of the Spaniards in the Americas?and to 2,000 years ago among different civilizations in Central America. It is a time for families and communities to celebrate the departed, not a day to mourn. People create alters to honor the dead and place offerings of food and other items the departed liked, while music and colorful ornaments welcome the spirit of the deceased.
The organizers made use of Seattle Center Studios to record and edit part of the day. These segments supplement other striking elements, such as a time lapse of a Dia de Muertos tapete creation, a large, colorful piece of art composed on the ground of colored sand and other organic material. Featured performances include:
Bailadores de Bronce, promoting the beauty and richness of Mexican culture in the Pacific Northwest through music and dance that preserve traditions and instill pride in Mexican American youth.
Correo Aereo (Air Mail), an award-winning string and percussion instrumental and vocal Latin/World music duo, performing traditional music of Venezuela, Argentina and Mexico,
Trio Guadalevín, named for the ancient river and gorge that divides the city of Rhonda in Andalusia, exploring the deep roots of Latin America and the Mediterranean, interpreting and re-imagining a soundscape that draws on the many facets of their linked identities.
Grupo Michoacan and Grupo Cultural Oaxaqueno will also perform virtually on Nov. 1.
Learn more at: https://diademuertosseattle.org
Age recommendation: All ages