SEVENTEENTH-ANNUAL EL DIA DE LOS MUERTOS RETURNS TO CHEEKWOOD
Popular Latin American Family Celebration Planned for October 29
NASHVILLE, TN. –The popular Latin American family celebration, El Día de los Muertos, will be held at Cheekwood on Saturday, October 29 with activities including live performances, an international marketplace, and interactive art activities designed to appeal to all ages.
In its seventeenth year, the day-long celebration is a premiere community event for Nashville’s Hispanic population as well as for families throughout the area. Translated as “Day of the Dead,” El Día de los Muertos is a uniquely Latin celebration of families as they honor their ancestors.
The festivities take place from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and include programming for families of all cultures to learn about this noted Latin American tradition and participate in a wide range of activities conducted in both Spanish and English. The event is free to Cheekwood members and children under the age of 17. Regular gate fees apply to adults who are non-members.
The Tapete Display and Competition, an 11-year tradition at the festival, will occur with 12 participating area schools. Tapetes, meaning “carpets” in Spanish, are traditionally made with colored sand, and serve as a symbol of the temporary nature of life on earth. In the Latin community, annual competitions commonly take place across Mexico and other areas. Cheekwood’s, participants will use chalk, a similar temporary medium, to create the large-scale colorful murals to honor the deceased.
Other elements of the festival include:
Live Performances including Serenatta, Duo Sudeste, Rachel Rodriguez, La Misión ConArte, Mariachi Olimpico, Aztec Dancers, Ballet Folklórica, Marcela Pinilla, Alexandra Adukeh, San Rafael Band, Marcela Pinilla Band and Hispanic Family Foundation Folkloric Group.
Art projects and activities including making paper marigolds, decorating calaveras masks, making sugar skulls, creating papel picado paper cut-outs and printmaking in the style of José Posada.
An open-air International Marketplace featuring food from various restaurants, including La Hacienda Restaurant and Las Paletas, as well as food truck vendors Yayo’s O.M.G. and Karla’s Catering, among others. A group of local artists will also be on-site as marketplace vendors, including Jacqueline Almaguer, Vera’s Innovations, Lucky Charm Jewelry and EV Mex Folk Art.
The festival will offer History, including community altars or ‘ofrendas’ created by groups such as Vanderbilt Center for Latin American Studies, YMCA Latino Achievers, Conexión Américas as well as many others and displayed in Botanic Hall. There will also be bilingual host at Cheekwood’s Museum of Art and Gardens. A resource room will also be available offering various books and materials documenting the history and culture of El Día de los Muertos.
A Tapete Display and Competition will be created by a variety of participating local schools, including: Baylor School’s Spanish Club, Central Magnet’s Art Club, Davidson Academy, Father Ryan’s Spanish Club, Graves County High School, Harding Academy, Harpeth Hall, Merrol Hyde Magnet School, South Fulton High School, St. Bernard Academy’s Art Club, St. Cecilia Academy, University School of Nashville’s International Club and White’s Creek High School.
For the full El Dia de los Muertos schedule, visit www.cheekwood.org.
El Dia de los Muertos is sponsored by Advance Financial. Cheekwood Harvest is presented by Bank of America.
Cheekwood is a 55-acre botanical garden and art museum located on the historic Cheek estate. Its mission is to preserve Cheekwood as an historical landmark where beauty and excellence in art and horticulture stimulate the mind and nurture the spirit. Cheekwood presents world-class art exhibitions, showcases breathtaking gardens, and offers education programs and seasonal festivals to school children and families as well as to the citizens of Nashville and its visitors. Each year, Cheekwood welcomes over 250,000 annual visitors, making it one of the city’s top cultural attractions, with approximately 13,000 member households. Cheekwood is located at 1200 Forrest Park Drive, 8 miles southwest of downtown Nashville. Daily hours of operation: Tuesday through Sunday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. For further information, call 615-356-8000 or visit cheekwood.org.