First Annual Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead Festival)

Shakespeare Walla Walla has teamed up with Whitman College, ArtWalla and Carnegie Picture Lab to create the First Annual Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead Festival), taking place in and outside of the historic Gesa Power House Theatre the last weekend in October. In the grand tradition of the colorful and vibrant Mexican holiday, this community event celebrates Hispanic culture with live music and dance, face-painting and kids’ crafts, food vendors, art and history, and even a nod to Shakespeare.

Steamroller Print Project - October 26 from 1-5 pm
The First Annual Dia de los Muertos is built around an exciting art project led by Whitman College in collaboration with Carnegie Picture Lab and ArtWalla. The Dia De Los Muertos Steamroller Print Project brings artists, students, and the community together for a collaborative art event, as giant relief prints are created using a steamroller as a printing press. The resulting prints will be displayed at the event and available for exhibition and/or sale. A community activity table will be set up for adults and supervised children to carve their own mini-relief blocks, which can be printed on t-shirts using the steamroller.

Live Music & Entertainment
Shakespeare Walla Walla brings in the entertainment component of the Festival, with several live performances taking place throughout the weekend. The Festival kicks off on Friday, October 25 with a family concert on the Power House stage featuring traditional mariachis and dance. The Festival will close with an adults-only Finale Concert on Saturday, October 26, and will feature more contemporary Latino musical offerings. In between, there will be dance and music performances inside and outside of the GPHT, as well as a Pageant of the Dead featuring the famous death scenes from some of William Shakespeare’s most iconic works, performed in traditional Dia de los Muertos costume and make-up produced by and featuring area youth.

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