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Special Event: Day of the Dead Celebration

  • Mexican Cultural Institute 2829 16th Street Northwest Washington, DC, 20009 United States (map)
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Join the Mexican Cultural Institute for our most popular annual celebration - the Day of the Dead!

This year's celebration will feature a special contemporary art installation by Rosalía Torres-Weiner, a Mexican American artist, activist, and founder of Red Calaca Studio. Her body of work combines public art works with community engagement in Latino migrant communities throughout the U.S. Presented alongside our current exhibit Before the 45th|Action/Reaction in Chicano and Latino Art, Torres-Weiner's display at the MCI will highlight the pervasiveness and unique expression of Day of the Dead festivities among the Mexican diaspora in the U.S.

The Institute's 2017 traditional altar is dedicated to the hundreds of victims of the tragic earthquakes that devastated Mexico last month. In keeping with tradition, this vibrant offering is intended to bring the dead closer to the world of the living, calling forth their souls to join us in celebrating their lives.

The opening celebration for the altar will take place Saturday, October 28 from 12-4pm. The event is free and open to the public and will include live music presentations at 12:15pm and 1:15 pm. We hope to see you there!

Additionally, the New Orchestra of Washington will present a Day of the Dead concert at the MCI featuring the Aeolus String Quartet. More information and tickets can be found here.