Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Day of the Dead/Dìa de los Muertos at Harbourfront Toronto November 9 & 10 2013

From a media release:

Day of the Dead/Dìa de los Muertos
Presented by Scotiabank
November 9 & 10, 2013

Harbourfront Centre celebrates the memory of the departed with a two-day festival

Complete Day of the Dead festival listings can be found here

TORONTO, ON – Celebrate the lives of the departed at Harbourfront Centre’s annual Day of the Dead/Dìa de los Muertos Festival (Nov. 9 & 10, 2013). Produced in partnership with Scotiabank and the Consulate General of Mexico, Harbourfront Centre’s two-day festival runs every day from noon to 6 p.m. and offers patrons an opportunity to explore celebrations from Mexico, and other areas of Latin America, with handcrafted ofrendas (altars), concerts, film, family activities and more.

Highlight performances include a Toronto concert debut from Canadian-Mexican singer Mamselle, authentic mariachi music from Mariachi Mexico Amigo, a lecture on famed artist Jose Posada with Chicago-based historian Diane Miliotes and vibrant Latin dances presented by the Mexican Folkloric Dance Company and Ballet Folklorico Puro Mexico.

In addition to the free festivities inside, the public is invited to celebrate the legacy of lost loved ones with a large outdoor ofrenda (altar) in Ontario Square. Traditionally, marigold flowers are placed on ofrenda’s to honour the departed. Throughout the festival, families can make beautiful paper marigolds or leave a message to passed loved ones on a pre-made maple leaf.

Woven throughout Harbourfront Centre’s Day of the Dead programming is “The Big IDEA.”  The Big IDEA is a tool that was created to help patrons explore ideas across a broad range of artistic disciplines and cultural programmes. This fall, Harbourfront Centre presents “Curious” and explores programming that fuels curiosity.

Are you curious about the Day of the Dead? Join us and find out what the celebration is about!

For additional information and complete event listings, the public may visit harbourfrontcentre.com or call the Information Hotline at 416-973-4000. Harbourfront Centre is located at 235 Queens Quay West in the heart of downtown Toronto’s waterfront. Visit harbourfrontcentre.com/gettinghere for information about getting here during the Queens Quay revitalization,

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