Day of the Dead is a celebration of life. The culmination of the cycle of life is marked by the celebration of Day of the Dead, mostly recognized as a Mexican holiday. Through The Big IDEA of "curious" we intend to explore similar Day of the Dead celebrations in Mexico and its neighbour to the south, Guatemala. Mexicos Day of the Dead celebration is acknowledged worldwide, however, Guatemala also has customs to celebrate their ancestors through food, dance, music and art.
Harbourfront Centre's Day of the Dead festival will explore how Mexico and Guatemala celebrate the return of the souls of the deceased, and their annual festive reunion with their loved ones on these special days. This Mexican festival brings together pre-Hispanic and Christian traditions of All Souls and All Saints Days, and celebrates the dead by honouring who they were in life. This unique time of reunion brings together extended families to remember the loved ones who have passed away and reunites the spirits of the dead with the things they loved most in life. We look from past to present to future by reuniting some of our former Day of the Dead artists with new artists, linking generations and honouring the history of one of our longest running festivals.
In the 2013 edition of this festival we will pay homage to and celebrate the previous artists and communities that have made Day of the Dead such a special gathering, while infusing this festival with a new generation of voices to continue growing Toronto's oldest running Day of the Dead festival. Now celebrating over 10 years, this weekend festival will explore celebrations from Mexico and Guatemala, featuring the theme of reunion with handcrafted ofrendas (altars to the dead), concerts, family activities and more.
Sergio Elmir, Artistic Associate