SAN ANTONIO, Texas /ScoopCloud/ -- The largest annual Day of the Dead celebration in Texas, Día de los Muertos (Muertos Fest) will feature the largest open altar exhibit and artistic competition at the 7th annual event on Saturday, Oct. 26 and Sunday, Oct. 27 at Hemisfair.
One of the most significant traditions during the Day of the Dead is the creation of an altar to honor the lives of the deceased. This important cultural practice in Mexico and Mexican-American and Latino communities is a reflective celebration of life in which the living, lovingly pay tribute and remember their departed family members and friends.
"The altar exhibition is truly the heart of the event with attendees viewing and experiencing 50 distinctive altars and a community living altar. These are the stories of San Antonio and its people told in powerful expressions of art and soul," says Jim Mendiola, Artistic Director.
A major focal point of the Día de los Muertos festival is the large community living altar which be featured at the entrance to the event. For the past several weeks people have been sending in photos via the Día de los Muertos website of their recently departed loved ones. The photos submitted, numbering in the hundreds, will be wheat pasted onto the living altar by local artist Sarah Brooke Lyons to create this powerful altar. During the two-day event attendees can add to the altar by leaving small offerings or photos.
This project is a collaboration between Artpace and New York based artist Mariana Vasquez and San Antonio artist Martin Delgado Event organizers have collected hundreds of photos for inclusion in the living altar via online submission at http://muertosfest.com/.
In addition to the altars exhibited in the competition, attendees will have the opportunity to experience altars created onsite by local organizations, including the following:
* Inner City Development, a non-profit, all-volunteer group creating an altar to their deceased volunteers
* Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (UNAM) creating an altar to Emiliano Zapata on the 100th anniversary of his death
* San Antonio Parks Foundation, creating an altar to the late former mayor and community leader Lila Cockrell
* San Antonio Rampage, commissioning an altar by local community-based arts group San Anto Cultural Arts
Onsite artwork highlights include:
* An expanded visual artwork installation by the creative artist team Momo & Pompa, designed specifically for the new Hemisfair venue. The light sculptures of Momo and Pompa have been a part of the festival since its inception. The artist couple are prolific in their production of exhibitions and massive public light sculptures which supports their mission to inspire and help promote heritage by creating multi-sensory contemporary artwork with partnerships for the public and children of all ages.
* Soldado and Adelita Sculptures were created through collaboration between students and alumni of local arts group SAY Sí and artist group Colectivo Ultima Hora from Mexico City, MX. During a summer residency at SAY Sí in 2017, the two arts groups brought oversized calacas to life to exemplify the iconic images of ancestors from Mexico to San Antonio who were affected by or fought in the Mexican Revolution. To learn more about these organizations, visit http://saysi.org/ or http://colectivoultimahora.org/ for more information.
Not to be missed is the curated art market with over 60 local vendor's selling original Day of the Dead inspired crafts and artwork. Event organizers are proud to support these 60 local businesses and entrepreneurs who represent San Antonio's creative economy. Vendor businesses attribute their participation in the Día de los Muertos event with helping grow their companies.
"Día de los Muertos (Muertos Fest) has become my absolute favorite event of the year and has been the foundation of my confidence in San Antonio artist markets. I never expected my work to be so well received. What Muertos Fest has done is give equal importance to local, small businesses and it is absolutely the highlight of our year, every single year," says Cristina Martinez of @VeryThat.
The two-day event also includes an impressive entertainment lineup for three event stages, workshops and children's programming. The Dance, Drum and Puppet Processions will take place on Saturday, October 26, at 7 p.m. and Sunday, October 27, at 3 p.m.
It will feature Las Monas and the larger than life-size puppets that have become a signature aspect of the largest Día de los Muertos event in San Antonio. The beneficiary of the Día de los Muertos event is Inner City Development, a volunteer-led non-profit entity serving the needs of San Antonio's west side community for over 50 years.
Sponsors of this year's Muertos Fest include the City of San Antonio Center City Development and Operations Department, Bexar County, Hemisfair, McDonald's, Dos Equis, Metro by T-Mobile, the San Antonio Rampage, Centro San Antonio and H-E-B. Additional Event partners include Telemundo San Antonio, KABB-Fox, WOAI-TV, the San Antonio Current and VIA Metropolitan Transit. The 7th Annual Día de los Muertos event in Hemisfair at 630 Nueva Street is free and open to the public.
To learn more, visit http://muertosfest.com/.
About Día de Los Muertos (Muertos Fest):
Día de los Muertos, also known as Muertos Fest, is the largest and most well-known Day of the Dead Festival in Texas. Established in 2013, Día de los Muertos is held annually in downtown San Antonio, Texas and touts the largest open altar exhibition and contest in the city. Named as one of the 10 Great Day of the Dead Celebrations in the world by USA Today, the event was named the second best Día de los Muertos Celebration in the country by Tripping.com.
To learn more, visit MuertosFest.com. Follow Día de los Muertos on Facebook at @DiadeLosMuertosSanAntonio and on Twitter and Instagram @MuertosFest.
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The largest annual Day of the Dead celebration in Texas, Día de los Muertos (Muertos Fest) will feature the largest open altar exhibit and artistic competition at the 7th annual event on Saturday, Oct. 26 and Sunday, Oct. 27 at Hemisfair.
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