October 22-23: Gesa Credit Union and Shakespeare Walla Walla present the Fourth Annual "Dia de los Muertos" Festival at the Gesa Power House Theatre.
The Dia de los Muertos Festival is a collaboration between many local businesses and community partners, and is inspired by the “Day of the Dead” holiday where people throughout Latin America gather to celebrate the lives of departed friends and family.
Saturday (Procession & Concert):
The Third Annual Dia de los Muertos Festival begins on Saturday, October 22 at 4PM, with a procession through downtown ending at the theater for a free concert. Many local students will participate in the procession with painted faces or masks they created ahead of time. The procession is open to the public. A police escort will be provided.
Sunday (Community Festival):
The main festival day is Sunday, October 23, from 11AM to 4PM. At the center of the festival is the popular “Steamroller Print Project” led by Whitman College Art Professor Nicole Pietrantoni. Reliefs are carved into wooden blocks depicting iconic Dia de los Muertos images (skulls, skeletons, harvest, and nature), and a steamroller is used as a printing press to create giant prints which will be on display and for sale after the festival.
Other free activities will include face-painting, a Shakespearean-themed "Pageant of the Dead" performed by local student groups, music, dance performances and more. Community altars (ofrendas) will also be on display.
The street in front of Gesa Power House Theatre will be closed to accommodate the festival on both days (6th Avenue from Rose to Sumach). Admission to the Fourth Annual Dia de los Muertos Festival and all activities are free and open to the public. Food vendors will be setup nearby.
Gesa Credit Union is the title sponsor for the festival. Additional sponsorship opportunities are available by contacting Shakespeare Walla Walla. This event is also made possible through grant support from the Washington State Arts Commission, the National Endowment for the Arts.