About the Festival

Festival de las Calaveras
Festival de las Calaveras is a volunteer-organized multimedia Latinx music and arts festival that’s centered on the traditional and contemporary celebration of Día de los Muertos (Day of of the Dead), an indigenous Mexican tradition which honors the memory of ancestors and departed loved ones, and the life cycle. Read more

Festival de las Calaveras
Festival de música y artes latinas de las Twin Cities, organizado por el grupo comunitario Artes Tlalnepantla desde el 2013.

El festival es una serie de eventos que se llevan a cabo anualmente entre octubre y noviembre y se centra en la celebración tradicional y contemporánea del Día de los Muertos. Mas info…

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 create awareness to the Zenteotl Project’s community gardening work that was dedicated to planting organic blue corn and honored the corn-growing season, ancestors, and community with the creation of a Día de los Muertos 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.

Objectives

Festival de las Calaveras addresses limited resources and support for high quality produced Latinx arts showcases in Minnesota. Guiding principlesfor the festival are to build community through Latinx arts; connect and grow the Twin Cities diverse Latinx arts community; recognize and expose local Latina/o artists to the Latinx and broader Twin Cities audiences; and promote artistic collaborations among local, national, and international Latinx artists.

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