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Wednesday 14 November 2012

Latin Voices Live! Mexico’s Most Famous 'Day Of the Dead' Festival Comes To Brighton

The colourful world of Mexico and its unique Day of the Dead celebrations forms the central point in Brighton for an exciting free one-day family friendly festival. 


Latin Voices Live! is a one-day celebration of Latin cultures from around the world, focusing on Mexico’s most famous holiday Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), which honours and remembers dead loved ones and family.

At the centre is a specially decorated remembrance table, where we will be honouring legendary Mexican writer Carlos Fuentes, British writer and painter Leonora Carrington, who lived most of her life in Mexico, plus the thousands who have lost their lives due to political unrest and economic conditions.

Cynthia Marin Jimenez, festival coordinator for Latin Voices Live!, said:,

"We're so thrilled that the Latin community living in Brighton have come forward to get involved with what is Brighton's first festival of Latin culture organised by people from the Latin community.

“We're grateful to Brighton Dome and Brighton Museum for choosing to work so closely with us from the start to coordinate this, and we're especially thankful to Brighton & Hove City Council who put funding into this event.

“We hope that the people of Brighton of all ages can come down and enjoy the day and learn about our rich heritage and culture."


Colombian band Polito Boogalo set a hot sizzling ambience, while Mexican and Latin inspired decorations throughout Brighton Dome and tasty Mexican food and a range of Latin inspired drinks and cocktails transport you to the hot climates of Latin America.



Children and family activities include ‘day of the dead’ facepainting and drop in workshops running all day, offering skull and paper flower making, papel picado, and mask making, nichos y retablos, Loteria and more.

Contemporary Latin American writers and poets bring to life the magical realities of Latin culture all around the world, while photographs from real Day of the Dead celebrations from San Gabriel Chilac, México, taken by Mexican digital artist Carlos del Salto, unites Brighton residents to that part of the continent.

Special guest is Chilean torture survivor and activist Luis Munoz, who will read from his autobiography, sharing his harrowing tales of survival and escape to East Sussex. His readings, which is the only ticketed event, includes Q&A, free glass of wine and book signing.

Other authentic offerings on the day include Mexican catrina caticatures drawn by Carlos del Salto workshops; Mexican calaera workshops where people can try their hand at the Mexican satirical poems; a talk with Elsa Linares, granddaughter of Pedro Linares, the creator of the Alebrijes, the brightly colored Mexican folk art sculptures of fantastical creatures; readings from Mexican detective series author Aida Berliavsky and Hallucinated Horse.

Latin Voice Live! Saturday 17 November, 10am-5pm, Brighton Museum and Brighton Dome. Free entry all day. Workshops by donation (£2/3). For more information, see www.latinvoiceslive.co.uk


by: Mike Cobley


   

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