Provincetown’s 1st Annual Day of the Dead Performing Arts Festival is a community event honoring life and death through art. Inspired by the traditions of El Dia los Muertos, the Festival includes art workshops, an ofrenda exhibition, a traditional Day of the Dead procession, and an evening of performance art. The Festival provides the Provincetown community with an opportunity to come together to celebrate the lives and honor the deaths of those we love, for in addition to our experiences of personal loss, to live in Provincetown is to share a communal history and experience of life and death.
When someone in Provincetown dies, we all mourn. Whether a fisherman is lost at sea, an AIDS or cancer patient dies, a teenager’s life is cut short by addiction, or any resident – from artist to community worker to retired grandmother – dies of natural causes simply because it is their time, we all feel the loss. The Festival provides us with an artistic avenue to express our grief while simultaneously celebrating life and honoring death.
Throughout October, the Festival will offer a series of art workshops. On November 2, The Day of the Dead, there will be an Ofrenda exhibition, a Day of the Dead Procession at 5:30 p.m., followed by an evening of performance art beginning at 7 p.m. at the Provincetown Theater.
The Procession is open to all and encourages all art forms, such as face painting, wearing a mask and/or a costume, carrying skeleton puppets, playing music, singing, dancing, and/or carrying a banner, a work of art, candles, or photos of loved ones. In addition to Day of the Dead Procession traditions, folks are also encouraged to explore their own ancestry for traditions that can be included in the Procession. Everyone is welcome to participate in the Procession. No registration or pre-registration needed – but arrive early for free face-painting! The Procession will begin promptly at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, November 2. All those participating in the Procession should arrive for line-up at 4:30 p.m.
For more information about Provincetown’s 1st Annual Day of the Dead Performing Arts Festival, including volunteer and sponsorship opportunities, please visit provincetowndayofthedead.com or email [email protected]