Clark County Parks and Recreation is presenting the 19th Annual Life in Death Festival, a two-day festival at Winchester Dondero Cultural Center Nov. 1 and 2 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. featuring Mexican Day of the Death traditions, dance and music. Winchester Dondero Cultural Center is looking for participants in the following categories: Food and craft vendors, ofrendas, calaveras, and a Day of the Dead art exhibit.
We welcome food and craft vendors to participate in the festival. 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 Dondero Cultural Center. Applications must be filled out completely or it will not be processed. The deadline for applications is Saturday, Sept. 7 by 5 p.m. Upon acceptance the deadline for submitting payment is Saturday, Sept. 14 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. 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.
Also featured are 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 Saturday, October 19, 2019 and must be submitted to Adam Ward via email, Adam.Ward@ClarkCountyNV.gov.
People can participate in the Day of the Dead art exhibit, which will run from Tuesday, Oct. 15 through Saturday, November 16, 2019. 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 Dondero Cultural Center Wednesday, Oct. 9 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. The selected artists will be notified by email about the status of their submissions by Friday, Oct. 4, 2019.
Those interested in participating in Day of the Dead activities can call the Winchester Dondero Cultural Center at (702) 455-7340 or Adam Ward, the coordinator for this event at 455-7031. For more information visit the website at www.ClarkCountyNV.gov/parks or the Winchester Life in Death festival website at http://www.clarkcountynv.gov/Depts/parks/Pages/life-in-death-festival.aspx. Clark County Parks and Recreation also can be found on social networking sites such as Twitter and Facebook.
Winchester Center is located at 3130 South McLeod Drive.