Day of the Dead Festival

Festival del Dia de los Muertos
Day of the Dead Festival
Friday, November 1, 5 – 9 PM

The Living Arts & Science Center’s 8th annual Day of the Dead celebration presents the rich visual, musical, dance and culinary traditions of this holiday that is celebrated joyously in Mexico and in other cultures of the world. Though traditions vary in different countries and regions, Day of the Dead is a time to remember friends and family members and to use humor in a colorful defiance of death..

The Day of the Dead Festival features traditional Mexican musicians and dancers and a beautiful candlelight parade from the LASC to the Old Episcopal Burying Ground at 3rd Street and Elm Tree Lane. This year, the parade will showcase masks, banners and costumes created by community members in community art workshops at the LASC. In the cemetery guests will view an exciting exhibition of altars created by local artists and community members.

Day of the Dead Altar at the Old Episcopal Burying Ground

The LASC’s art gallery will present Culture and Identity: New Expressions by Latino Artists in the 21st Century. This unique exhibition pairs the incredible talents of three celebrated Lexington artists Agustin Zarate, Diane Kahlo, and Adan Utrera as they explore the role of culture and identity and the way it shapes the Latino immigrant.

A participatory event, the LASC’s festival also invites children and adults to work with artists to create and take home traditional Day of the Dead crafts such as sugar skulls, papel picado, tin ornaments, and more! Don’t forget to get your face painted. Fleet Street Hair Shoppe will be at the LASC painting faces with traditional skeleton masks.

The Living Arts & Science Center appreciates the many community partnerships that contribute to this event including the Salsa Center Dance Studio, Christ Church Cathedral and the Old Episcopal Burying Ground.

The Day of the Dead Festival is sponsored in part by:
Kentucky Humanities Council

This years altars are created by:
Dr. Carol Freid/Ann Leader
Students Helping Honduras at UK
Maria Binford/Thomas Binford
Susie Bell
Agustin Zarate
Adan Utrera
Edgar Lopez/ Maria Lopez/ Kentucky Dream Coalition at UK/ BCTC Humanities 101 Class
Christine Kuhn
Dunbar Spanish Honor Society
Christ Church Cathedral
Sayre School
Roberta Burnes
Model Lab School of Richmond
Jacobo and Janice Aragon
Diana Bartlett