About the Festival

Festival de las Calaveras
Festival de las Calaveras, Twin Cities Latinx Music + Arts Festival, is produced by non-profit community group Tlalnepantla Arts. Since 2013, the festival is centered upon the traditional and contemporary celebration of Day of the Dead, an indigenous Mexican tradition which honors the memory of ancestors and departed loved ones.
Festival de las Calaveras
Festival de las Calaveras, Festival de Música + Arte Latinx de las Twin Cities, es producido por el grupo comunitario Artes Tlalnepantla. Desde el 2013, el festival se centra en la celebración tradicional y contemporánea del Día de los Muertos, una tradición indígena mexicana que honra la memoria de antepasados y seres queridos.

History

The Zenteotl Project was the community engagement component of Tlalnepantla Arts from 2009 to 2017. The Zenteotl Project fused art, Mexica (Aztec) dance, and urban agriculture within a community garden in Central Neighborhood, South Minneapolis. In 2013, the first Festival de las Calaveras was organized to bring awareness to the Zenteotl Project’s community gardening work that was dedicated to planting organic blue corn and engaging community with the creation of a Day of the Dead ofrenda (offering) on the same plot where the corn was planted and harvested.

The 2013 and 2014 festivals featured over 50 artists, of whom 87% were Latinx. The 2015 festival featured 60 artists, of whom 90% were Latinx. The 2016 festival featured 83 artists, of whom 95% were Latinx, representing multiple artistic genres. The 2017 festival featured 238 artists, of whom 95% were Latinx, with an approximate attendance of 1,348 community members throughout seven events.

Participation and Attendance

The 2013 and 2014 festivals featured over 50 artists, of whom 87% were Latinx. The 2015 festival featured 60 artists, of whom 90% were Latinx. The 2016 festival featured 83 artists, of whom 95% were Latinx, representing multiple artistic genres. The 2017 festival featured 238 artists, of whom 95% were Latinx, with an approximate attendance of 1,348 community members throughout seven events. The 2018 festival featured 143 artists, of whom 87% were Latinx, with an approximate attendance of 2,435 community members throughout six events.

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