Bare Hands, Inc.’s Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead Festival) Número 20
Join Bare Hands, Inc. in celebrating life at Día de los Muertos Número 20 on Wednesday, November 2, 2022 from 4-10 p.m. at Sloss Furnaces National Historic Site! The Día de los Muertos festival is one of the most complex Day of the Dead celebrations in the Southeast. From massive art installations, musical performances and beautiful costumes, to a procession with puppets, homemade altars (ofrendas) and food trucks, this is one event you won’t want to miss! Doors open at 4 p.m. and attendees will see a Mariachi promenade, performances by ETER4, Ballet Folklorico Corazon Azteca, a parade led by a marching band, and a Frida Kahlo ceremony.
On Day of the Dead, we celebrate the lives of those who have gone before us through music, a Memorial Roll Call, a New Orleans Style Jazz funeral procession, traditional dancers, a mercado performer and most importantly, the ofrendas, or memorial altars. , created in memory of departed loved ones. An ancient belief states that the souls of the deceased come to visit during Día de los Muertos, guided by the familiar sights and scents of the objects on their altars and the sound of their loved ones gathered around. These personal memorials, called altars or ofrendas, vary from a simple photograph of a loved one to an elaborate shrine in their honor. Participants are encouraged to bring a personal souvenir item to participate. Guidelines for altars and roll-call name submissions can be found at https://barehandsinc.org/.
The Artists’ Market will feature everything from handmade jewelry, sculptures, paintings, glass, ceramics and more for sale from vendors, as well as posters commemorating the 20th anniversary of the Day of dead, prints and limited edition t-shirts from Craig Legg. These sellers include: Alexander’s Wearable Art, Art by Macy, Artesanias Cheran, Beauty Studio by Elvia, Brian Burks, Cajas Crafs N More, Dirty Hands Lab, Gyspy Queen Jewelry, Iron & Bone, La Clayworx, Butterfly, Mario Lopez, Muertenation, Olga, NAZAR Hecho a Mano, San Miguel Arcángel, Sandy’s Boutique, SoulSistah3.0, The Mod Couple, Tipsy Lantern and Whimmmsy. There will also be free art activities for kids and kids at heart, courtesy of Alabama Waldorf School, Magic City Acceptance Academy and Birmingham Museum of Art.
Additionally, attendees can indulge in traditional Latin cuisine from Corazon Mexican Food, El Sazon Casero, Frida’s, Los Valedores, Mi Pueblo Supermarket, Pasteles La MoreliAna Pastries & Desserts, Pollo Goyo, Pupuseria Lupita, Royal Creations Treats ‘N Eats , SS Atlanta, Sol Azteca, Taco Morro Loco, Tacos Toluca, Tamale Queen, Taqueria Las Garzas, Taqueria Mexico, Tea Lab and Thirs Tea food trucks. Pepsi ice cream, margaritas and a specialty beverage garden featuring Pacifico, Modelo, Corona Premier and Victoria beers will also be available.
Our featured visual artist for Día de los Muertos Número 20 is Craig Underwood, better known as Craig Legg. A keen observer, deep thinker, and engineering creator, Craig has worn many hats for the Día de los Muertos festival. His memorial painting is the design for this year’s festival, which inspired everything we did leading up to this year’s event!
Gracious sponsors include Alabev, Buffalo Rock, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Abagados Centros Legal/Nathan Harrison & Associates, T-Mobile, Rubio Law Firm, Greater Birmingham Convention & Visitors Bureau, Latino News, La Jefa 98.3, ABC 33/40, CW21 and MY68.
Tickets are on sale now for $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Children 12 and under are admitted free. Tickets can be purchased online at https://barehandsinc.org/ddlm-1. T-shirts, festival posters and art prints are also available for purchase online at https://barehandsinc.org/ddlm-1.
For more information on Día de los Muertos or Bare Hands, Inc., visit www.barehandsinc.org.