DÍA DE LOS MUERTOS CELEBRATION
On November 4, 2023, our 16th annual celebration of the Mexican holiday featured an array of festive, family-friendly activities and arts and crafts, followed by a concert program of traditional and contemporary Latin American music.
But the celebration goes far beyond one day: Each year, we invite local artists to craft installations and altars honoring both the living and the deceased. Curated by Martha Rodríguez-Salazar, these installations aim to commemorate the Day of the Dead by connecting us across centuries and continents, and exploring what Mexican and Latino communities believe is a malleable barrier between life and the afterlife. Beginning in mid-October, their work will appear in and around Davies Symphony Hall, available to peruse before or after any Symphony concert.
The 2023 theme was “Día de los Muertos in the Mayan World.” Through music, visual art and more, we celebrated the traditions of the inhabitants of the Mayan region, and the way their beliefs have shaped their understanding of death as part of daily life.
We look forward to presenting our 17th annual Día de los Muertos celebration on Saturday, November 2, 2024. If you are a visual artist interested in submitting a proposal for the 2024 Día de los Muertos celebration, please submit below.