Clark County Parks and Recreation is presenting the 17th Annual
Life in Death Festival;
The Day of the Dead in Las Vegas, a two-day festival at Winchester Cultural Center November 1 and 2, 2017 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. featuring Mexican traditions. Winchester Cultural Center will be looking for participants in the following categories: Food and craft vendors,
calaveras, and a Day of the Dead art exhibit.
The festival will welcome food and craft vendors to participate. The food vendor booth costs for a 10'x10' is $290 and a 10'x20' is $420. The craft vendor booth costs are for a 10'x10' is $160 and a 10'x20' is $320. Tables and chairs are not included. The application can be found online or can be picked up in person at Winchester Cultural Center. Applications must be filled out completely or it will not be processed. The deadline for the applications is Friday, September 22 by 5 p.m. Upon acceptance the deadline for submitting payment is Friday, October 6 by 5 p.m.
The festival will feature many
ofrendas, altars built by families and other groups in memory of relatives or other beloved individuals. The
ofrendas are elaborate works of art; beautiful, detailed and sometimes huge. They will be displayed outdoors in Winchester Park, and prizes of $500 will be awarded to the winners in the following categories, "Best Traditional", "Most Creative", and "Best Theme". The final day to submit applications is Saturday, October 14, 2017.
The festival also features readings of
calaveras ("skulls"), which are poems, usually humorous, written in memory of people who are still alive. In Mexican tradition, the menace of death is treated with good-natured humor, and the Day of the Dead offers a chance to poke fun at prominent people. Calavera entries may be submitted in English or Spanish. Judges will award
calavera prizes of $150, $125 and $100. The final day to submit applications is Saturday, October 7, 2017 and must be submitted to Irma Varela via email,
Artists may participate in the Day of the Art Exhibit, which will run from October 18 through November 8. Artists are advised to learn Day of the Dead traditions that honor the dead, but also confront death itself, often with humorous attitudes. The "Best of Show" artist will be awarded $200. Artists must be residents of Clark County and be at least 14 years old to enter. Artists may drop off entries at Winchester Cultural Center Friday, October 13 between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. and Saturday, October 14 between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. The selected artists will be notified by email only about the status of their submissions on Tuesday, October 17, 2017.
Those interested in participating in Day of the Dead activities can call the Winchester Cultural Center at (702) 455-7340 or Irma Varela, the coordinator for this event at 455-7031. For more information visit the website.