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Experience KC: The Day of the Dead Festival

Experience KC: The Day of the Dead Festival

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Written by: Allison Swan

Celebrate Día De Los Muertos, the Day of the Dead Festival, on November 10th at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art! Experience Mexican culture with live music, art, food, and an altar displaying artwork by local artists. This free event is packed with activities all day long for the entire family from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  

Last year's altar installation featured decorated skulls from local artists. This year’s display offers an innovative presentation of the Tree of Life, a 3-D tree sculpture with projected images of artwork from Mattie Rhodes Center and children from area schools. Guests can add their own special remembrance.

Listen to selected poetry read by local writers and hear a Mexican folk tale about Medio Pollito, a little chicken born with just one leg, one wing, one eye, and half a beak. Pose for pictures with the Dancing Calacas who wear elaborately designed dresses and perform traditional dances. Pick up a print from local artists fresh off their mobile printing press, watch art demonstrations, and try Mexican-inspired fare.

Various musical performance will go on throughout the day including M5 Mexican Brass, Latin America's most successful brass quintet, and Maria the Mexican, an American Soul/Mexicana Groove band of four multitalented musicians. Experience the vocal harmonies of the bolero style of Latin romantic music and dance the rumba and cumbia.

See a complete timeline of events at nelson-atkins.org.

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