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Tuesday, October 6, 2015
Parks & Recreation: Life In Death Festival

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Clark County Parks and Recreation presents “Life in Death: Day of the Dead,” a two-day festival featuring displays, an art exhibit, performances, craft sales and food vendors at Winchester Cultural Center and Park, 3130 S. McLeod Drive. The event will explore cultural traditions relating to the Mexican holiday of El Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead. Admission to the festival is free.  

The festival will feature “ofrendas,” or altars built by families and other groups in memory of deceased relatives or other beloved individuals. The ofrendas are elaborate works of art, detailed and sometimes large in size and will be displayed outdoors in Winchester Park. Ofrendas will be judged in three categories including most traditional, most creative and best theme, and an award will be given in each category.  

Performances in the park each day will feature Mexican dance troupes and readings of “calaveras,” or “skulls,” which are satirical poems written to commemorate people who are still alive. The poems treat the menace of death with good-natured humor and offer a chance to poke fun at prominent celebrity and political figures. Judges will award calaveras winners prizes.  

Authentic Mexican crafts will be offered for sale and a variety of food vendors will be on site, and free samples of special Day of the Dead bread ­‑ made only once a year ‑ will be given out to festival attendees. Demonstrations of traditional embroidery, as well as children’s activities and workshops on basket making and sugar and clay skull decoration, are offered free of charge.  

On the stage, traditional Mexican folkloric dance performances are presented by well-known local groups and touring groups.  

The Winchester Cultural Center Gallery will host an exhibition of various artists.

Those interested in “Life in Death: Day of the Dead” can call Winchester Cultural Center at (702) 455-7340

Day of the Dead art exhibit - call for artists

Clark County Parks and Recreation is seeking artwork for a Day of the Dead exhibit at Winchester Cultural Center celebrating the traditional Mexican holiday, El Dia de los Muertos, from Oct. 20 through Nov. 5, 2015. Works must relate to the holiday, which celebrates the lives of past loved ones as well as life in the present. Artists must live in Clark County and be at least 14 years old to enter. The sole juror for the exhibit is Las Vegas photographer and UNLV photography instructor, Sergio Checko Salgado.

All media are welcome, but works must fit through a standard doorframe and should be ready to hang or exhibit (with appropriate hanging hardware). A $100 prize will be awarded for the piece judged Best of Show. Each artist may submit up to three works.

Actual works must be brought to Winchester Gallery October 13 or 14 between 10 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. Artwork not juried into the show must be picked up on Friday, October 16 between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. or Saturday, October 17 between 9 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. Clark County will not be responsible for works not picked up by October 17.

Artists are advised to learn Day of the Dead traditions, which honor the dead, but also confront death itself, often with a humorous attitude. The Day of the Dead should not be confused with Halloween.

All participating artists and the Best of Show winner will be recognized on Sunday, November 1 at 6 p.m. during Winchester's Life in Death Festival. Food and festivities will continue throughout the two-day celebration from 4 to 9 p.m. November 1 and 2 at Winchester Cultural Center and Park. Festival activities include recited satirical poetry (calaveras) in Spanish and English, workshops, children's activities, dance and music.

Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Friday; and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays.

Those who wish to create ofrendas, or memorial altars, may call Erika Borges at 702-455-7029. Ofrendas will be displayed outdoors during the event. Prizes will be awarded for the best ofrendas. For festival information, call 702-455-7340. For exhibit information call 702-455-7030.