Grand Park in downtown Los Angeles has given the community a new place and new ways to celebrate the popular Dia de los Muertos holiday. This year, the park expands its activities to include a traditional Noche de Ofrenda ceremony to kick off the week, 40 community altars and a public concert. I have attached a calendar advisory with all of the details and also pasted it here for your convenience. We appreciate your including this information in listings or features about upcoming Dia de los Muertos celebrations.
Día de los Muertos Calendar Advisory
“Grand Park Downtown Día de los Muertos” offers multiple ways to celebrate the holiday all for free.
— Park hosts traditional Noche de Ofrenda Ceremony, 40 altars by local artists and annual downtown Día de los Muertos concert.
WHAT: A series of free events called “Grand Park’s Downtown Dia de los Muertos,” provides the community with multiple ways to celebrate the popular holiday.
Noche de Ofrenda, Saturday, October 26, 2013 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
The park partners with Self Help Graphics & Art to pay tribute to the ancient traditions of remembrance of the holiday by presenting a Noche de Ofrenda ceremony. This event, which honors the dead, features prayer led by the local indigenous community, Tongva, and local elder Olivia Chumacero; poetry and spoken word by Ruben “Funkahuatl” Guevera and Gloria E. Alvarez; Teatro led by Corky Dominguez; acoustic performances by local Jaraneros and youth; poetry and spoken word by Abel Salas and Jo Anna Mixpe Ley; a theatrical performance by Casa 0101’s youth theater group; an altar presentation by artist Ofelia Esparza; as well as a community offering and meditation as participants complete the community altar.
Grand Park’s Noche de Ofrenda kicks off the park’s presentation of 40 distinctive altars in honor of Dia de los Muertos, which will remain in the park all week long.
Grand Park’s Downtown Dia de los Muertos Concert, Saturday, November 2, 3:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Grand Park presents its second annual Downtown Dia de los Muertos concert, featuring Latin Alternative music with such artists as El Conjunto Nueva Ola, mixing the rhythm of cumbia with sounds of new wave, rock and disco; Raul Y Mexia, with its exciting fusion of electronic dance beats and hip-hop with traditional Mexican influences; Subsuelo, a Los Angeles-based Flamenco/electronic group combining DJs, flamenco dance/percussion and flamenco guitar; La Chamba, a Los Angeles-based Peruvian band with a love and respect for Peruvian Chicha; Cumbia Machin, with their use of live electronics and sequencers to create an original Dub-Style cumbia; and Nortec Collective Presents: Bostich + Fussible with “sound that defines the border,” mixing electronica with musical elements and instrumentation of Tambora and Norteño music, resulting in the nortec style. Family activities themed to the holiday provide children with the opportunity to learn about its traditions, along with free face painting, food trucks and more.
Noche de Ofrenda, Saturday, October 26, 2013, 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Grand Park’s Downtown Dia de los Muertos Concert, Saturday, November 2, 2013, 3:00 p.m. -11:00 p.m.
Grand Park, downtown Los Angeles, 200 N. Grand Avenue
Take the METRO RED or PURPLE LINE TO CIVIC CENTER/GRAND PARK STATION, GOLD LINE TO LITTLE TOKYO/ARTS DISTRICT STATION.