Festival de las Calaveras
Fundraiser for Springboard for the Arts

Festival de las Calaveras Deborah is raising money for Springboard for the Arts.

Building Community through the Arts with Festival de las Calaveras

Tlalnepantla Arts/The Zenteotl Project present
Festival de las Calaveras 2017 - Twin Cities Latinx Music and Arts Festival

Festival de las Calaveras is a volunteer-organized multimedia Latinx music and arts festival in its 5th year and organized and presented by the community group Tlalnepantla Arts. The festival is centered on the traditional and contemporary celebration of Day of the Dead, an indigenous Mexican tradition which honors the memory of ancestors and departed loved ones, the duality of life and death, and the corn harvest season.

Festival de las Calaveras is composed of a series of events that take place annually in the fall and include live music, dance performance, puppet theater, visual arts exhibition, multimedia animation, spoken word, and family art-making activities. Festival events take place at leading Twin Cities’ venues, claiming and creating space for Latinx arts, artists, and community.

Festival Objectives

Festival de las Calaveras addresses the absence of high quality annually produced Latinx arts showcases in Minnesota. Guiding principles for the festival are to build community through Latinx arts; connect and grow the Twin Cities diverse Latinx arts community; recognize and expose local Latinx artists to the Latinx and broader Twin Cities audiences; and promote artistic collaborations among local, national, and international Latinx artists.

Festival History

The Zenteotl Project is the community engagement component of Tlalnepantla Arts and has fused art, Mexica (Aztec) dance, and urban agriculture within a community garden in South Minneapolis since 2009. In 2013, the first Festival de las Calaveras was organized to bring awareness to the Zenteotl Project’s community gardening work that is dedicated to planting organic blue corn, and culminates the corn-growing season 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 over 188 artists with over 1000 community members in attendance!

Festival Program 2017

Arts Exhibition, September 21 – November 11, Intermedia Arts, 2822 Lyndale Ave, Mpls | Suggested donation: $5; no one turned away
co-presented with Intermedia Arts
  • Opening Reception, Thursday, Sept 28, 7 pm–9 pm, Intermedia Arts | Live music + Refreshments | All ages
  • Día de los Muertos Community Conversation, Saturday, Oct 21, 3 pm–5 pm, Intermedia Arts | Speakers + Live music + Refreshments | All ages
  • Family Art Day, Sunday, Oct 29, 12 pm–2:30 pm, Intermedia Arts | Art-making + Live music + Theater + Mexica Dance + Refreshments | All ages

Viernes 13 Rock! Friday, Oct 13, 7 pm–1 am, Acadia Cafe, 329 Cedar Ave S, Mpls | Live local bands & DJs | cover $5 | 21+ | co-presented with Latino AltRock-KFAI

Concert, Saturday, Nov 4, 6 pm -11:15 pm, Cedar Cultural Center, 416 Cedar Ave, Mpls, co-presented with The Cedar | All ages

  • Performers: Live music with special guest! Including Mexica Dance + Spoken Word + Puppet Theater + Food Trucks
  • All Ages ~ Tickets (Adults): $12 Advance / $15 Door; Discounts for elders, children, students, and groups

Official After Party!, Saturday, Nov 4, 11pm–close, Nomad World Pub, 501 Cedar Ave S, Mpls | Live music & DJ | $5 cover; FREE with Cedar concert ticket | 21+

All donations support essential festival expenses.



www.festivalcalaveras.com; www.zenteotl.org; 612-48-MAIZ-3


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