Clark County Parks & Recreation Department and Clark County Life in Death Festival organizers are starting early to organize the Life in Death Festival, to be held Monday and Tuesday November 1 & 2, 2010, from 4 – 9 p.m. It will be held at Las Vegas’ Winchester Cultural Center & Park, 3130 S. McLeod Drive.
What is special about this event? There is an open invitation for people to participate in several artistic activities. Of course, everyone is welcome to stop by during the festivities. If you would like to be a participant in creating a memorial altar, living epitaph, or artwork for the festival honoring El Dia de los Muertos, read on or go to this link for information.
The memorial altars that have been crafted by group participants will amaze visitors at the event November 1 and 2. Limited in size to 16 feet in height and width (this is Las Vegas, where things are done in a big way), the altars will be decorated in honor of the loved ones, overflowing with food and things (no weapons allowed) the dead loved in life. A group representative will be at the altar during the festival, to explain the display, answer questions, and protect the ofrenda, or offering, to the departed.
If your group would like to participate, space reservations must be made by October 16, 2010. There will be a judging of the three categories: most traditional, most creative, and best theme. A $500 prize is awarded in each category.
Writers, whether new or professionals, also have an opportunity to celebrate by participating in the calaveras, or skulls, verse-writing competition. This is your opportunity to write a clever, satire-styled, humorous epitaph for living friends, relatives, or celebrities, written as though that person has passed on. Calaveras range between four and forty lines for this competition, and may be written in English or Spanish. Prizes are $150 first place, $125 second place, and $100 third place. Writers are instructed to include their name, address, and phone number with the verses. Mail it to the Winchester Cultural Center, 3130 S. McLeod Drive, Las Vegas, NV 89121.
Clark County Life in Death Festival organizers will be accepting theme-inspired artwork for display during the festival, which is an important part of Mexican culture. Those items selected for the art exhibit will be on display at Winchester Cultural Center from October 22 through November 5. Artists, who can submit up to three items, must be at least 14 years of age to enter. Entries must be delivered during business hours October 14, 15, or 16, and the pieces must fit through a standard doorframe and be ready to hang or exhibit. A judging will take place by October 21 to determine which items will be displayed.
All participating artists, including Best of Show, which wins $100, will be recognized on November 1 at 6 p.m., during the festivities.
The event is free, but there are small fees for some activities. There will be a sugar skull crafting workshop, children’s activities, and indoor and outdoor dance and music performances. Food and craft vendors will also be on site, lending more flavors to this cultural celebration of sharing a day with the loved ones we’ve lost.
Clark County Parks & Recreation, Las Vegas NV