The Mexican tradition, the Day of the Dead, is being celebrated in Burgess Park this October half term, writes Nora Selina Helal…
There will be an outdoor community-led carnival, live Latin American music and plenty of opportunities to learn about the traditions surrounding Day of the Dead through crafts and performance workshops, including carnival mask making, carnival dance and performance, and festive umbrella making.
Emma Blackman, Theatre Deli’s producer and programmer said: “We are delighted to team up with Mandinga Arts to celebrate Dia de los Muertos.
“Southwark is home to a diverse and cultural landscape, which includes a 8.9 per cent population of Latin American people in the borough.
“Whether Day of the Dead is part of your family’s tradition, or you’ve only heard about it in passing – everyone is invited to join the celebrations.
“The carnival parade and family party are open to all and completely free – and we hope to see many familiar and new faces among the participants and audience.”
Theatre and Mandinga Arts will be hosting a series of workshops in both English and Spanish for children, aged eight to eighteen at the Old Library in Burgess Park.
Stephanie Applin from Mandinga Arts said: “We are thrilled to be collaborating with Theatre Deli again and working to bring outdoor arts into Burgess Park.
“Mandinga Arts will be bringing our costumes, props and puppets to the Old Library for the Dia de los Muertos carnival parade.
“As a local carnival arts organisation co-founded by a Colombian artist, Julieta Rubio, we relish the opportunity to work locally with the Burgess Park and Latin American communities. See you at the carnival.”
The festivities begin with an opportunity to create your own Dia de Los Muertos look in a carnival mask making crafts workshop led by Mandiga Arts on Thursday, October 25, 2018.
Dancing into the next day and performing for the streets, Friday will have various workshops involving improvisation, choreographed dance and theatre.
On the last day, Saturday, October 27, 2018, the celebrations end with a colourful and musical carnival through Burgess Park with vibrant outfits, skeletons and puppets around the park.
The parade will include children demonstrating the skills they’ve learnt in the workshops alongside professional carnival artists and live music from the Samba Sisters Collective.
To end the weekend of festivities, Dia de Los Muertos – a tradition that celebrates past and current family and loved ones, will be revelling in this very cause by hosting a family friendly party in the Old Library with face painting, live Latin American music, and dance performances.
To book workshop places and for more information, visit: www.theatredeli.co.uk/diadelosmuertos