Clark County Parks and Recreation is presenting the 18th Annual Life in Death Festival, a two-day festival, at Winchester Cultural Center Nov. 1 and 2, from 5 to 9 p.m. featuring Mexican traditions. Winchester Cultural Center will be looking for participants in the following categories: Food and craft vendors, ofrendas, 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 $560. The craft vendor booth costs 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, 3130 South McLeod Drive. Applications must be filled out completely or it will not be processed. The deadline for the applications is Friday, Sept. 21, by 5 p.m. Upon acceptance the deadline for submitting payment is Tuesday, Oct. 9, 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 three best ofrendas. The final day to submit applications is Saturday, Oct. 13.
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, they treat the menace of death with good-natured humor and offer a chance to poke fun at prominent people. If interested in writing a calavera, entries can be submitted in English or Spanish. Judges will award calavera prizes of $150, $125 and $100. The final day to submit applications is Tuesday, Oct. 23, and must be submitted to Adam Ward via email, Adam.Ward@ClarkCountyNV.gov.
People can participate in the Day of the Art Exhibit, which will run from Oct. 17 through Nov. 9. Artists are advised to learn Day of the Dead traditions which honor the dead, but also confront death itself, often with humorous attitude. The "Best of Show" artists will be awarded $100 in the Youth category, $200 in the Amateur category and $300 in the Professional category. 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 Tuesday, Oct. 9, and Thursday, Oct. 11, between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. The selected artists will be notified by email only about the status of their submissions on Tuesday, Oct. 16.
Those interested in participating in Day of the Dead activities can call the Winchester Cultural Center at (702) 455-7340 or Adam Ward, the coordinator for this event at (702) 455-7031. For more information visit the website at www.ClarkCountyNV.gov/parks or the Winchester Life in Death festival website. Clark County Parks and Recreation also can be found on social networking sites such as Twitter and Facebook.