Life in Death Festival Call for Participants

Clark County Parks and Recreation is presenting the 20th Annual Life in Death Festival, a two-day festival at Winchester Cultural Center on November 1 and 2 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. featuring Mexican traditions. The 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 and tents will be provided for food vendors only. The application can be found online at https://bit.ly/3kj9shl or can be picked up in person at Winchester Cultural Center. Applications must be filled out completely or they will not be processed. The deadline for the applications is Friday, September 10 by 5 p.m. Upon acceptance, the deadline for submitting a payment is Friday, September 17 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 Wednesday, October 13, 2021.

The festival also features readings of calaveras (“skulls”), which are poems, usually humorous, written in honor 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 Friday, October 15, 2021, 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 Monday, October 25 through Friday, November 12, 2021. Artists are advised to learn Day of the Dead traditions which honor the dead, but also confront death itself, often with a humorous attitude. Awards provided to “Best of Show” artists in Youth, Amateur, and the Experienced categories. Artists must be residents of Clark County and be at least 14 years old to enter. Artists must submit an application and up to three images of the artwork to CCPublicArt@ClarkCountyNV.gov.  Applications can be found at https://bit.ly/3iUaqki and must be submitted no later than Monday, September 13, 2021.  The selected artists will be notified by email about the status of their submissions by Thursday, September 30, 2021.

Those interested in participating in Day of the Dead activities can call the Winchester Cultural Center at (702) 455-7340 or can contact Adam Ward, the coordinator for this event directly at 455-7031. For more information visit the website at www.ClarkCountyNV.gov/parks or the Winchester Life in Death festival website at https://bit.ly/3kj9shl.

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