Breck Create plans to host 9th Dia de los Muertos festival Oct. 13

Breck Create will host its 9th annual Día de Muertos festival Oct. 13 through Oct. 14.
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Breck Create is hosting its 9th annual Día de Muertos festival Oct. 13-14. The two-day commemoration of the Day of the Dead features free hands-on workshops, art installations, performances and a cultural marketplace on the Arts District Campus in downtown Breckenridge.

The festival is being produced in partnership with the Metropolitan State University of Denver Department of Chicana/o Studies, Denver’s Mexican Cultural Center, the Chicano Humanities Arts Council, Colorado Folk Arts Council and Colorado Mountain Dreamers.

Breck Create and the Mexican Cultural Center will also provide presentations and workshops for Summit County middle school students to create art.

This year, the festival will revive the candlelight vigil to honor Raul Chavez, the late capitán of the Aztec dance collective Grupo Huitzilopotchli. Chavez was instrumental in bringing the traditions of Aztec dance and Día de Muertos to Colorado. Grupo Huitzilopotchli is scheduled to perform and teach workshops at the festival.

Opening night: Oct. 13 at the Old Masonic Hall, 136 S. Main St

  • 5:30 p.m — Live music featuring Javier De Los Santos
  • 6 p.m. — Artist talks with Stephanie Mercado and Evangelina Estes
  • 7 p.m. — Grupo Huitzilopochli Aztec dancers followed by a candlelight vigil honoring Raul Chavez

Second day: Oct. 14 at the Arts District Campus

  • 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. — Mexican Cultural Center Market at the Ridge Street Arts Square 
  • 10 a.m.,11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. — Sugar skull workshop at the Old Masonic Hall Upstairs Gallery and the Ridge Street Arts Square
  • 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m., and 1 p.m. — Workshop: Katrina Masks + Loteria Cards at the Randall Art Barn
  • 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. — Workshop: Pan De Muerto at Old Masonic Hall
  • 12:30 p.m. — Performance teaser by Grupo Huitzilopochtli Dancers at Blue River Plaza
  • 2 p.m. — Full performance at the Ridge Street Arts Square
  • 3 p.m. — Workshop by Grupo Huitzilopochtli at the Ridge Street Arts Square

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