Birmingham non-profit organization hosts its 12th annual Day of the Dead Festival and commemorates Mexican artists with wall mural.
BIRMINGHAM, AL - Oct 28, 2014 - Bare Hands Inc. presents its 12th Annual Day of the Dead Festival (Día de los Muertos numero doce) on Sunday, November 2, 2014, featuring a commemorative main altar dedicated to famous Mexican artists who have influenced the Day of the Dead and its culture in their work.
Día de los Muertos is a vibrant, colorful, joyful commemoration of lost loved ones which originated in Mexico centuries ago. Similar to what is called call Decoration Day in the Southern states, Day of the Dead combines music, storytelling, food, family, friends, flowers and memorials in honor of those who have gone before. The Birmingham’s annual festival incorporates other memorial traditions, such as the New Orleans Jazz Funeral. Through this event, Bare Hands seeks to build community and ethnic understanding through a cross-cultural, multi-cultural celebration unique in the Southeast.
Local organizations, businesses and volunteers provide in-kind services and financial donations, enabling the festival to charge a low admission price of $10 for adults, $3 for children aged 7 to 12 years, and free for children 6 years and younger. Traditional remembrance altars, a procession, music, dancing and family-oriented activities will bring to life the streets of downtown Birmingham. Craft-making is free—and designed for all ages—from 4-7:30 p.m. Food, beverages, t-shirts, masks, art, and calvera face-painting will be available for purchase. A portion of the event’s proceeds help support Bare Hands' After School Art Club at the Downtown YWCA.
This year, in honor of the Mexican artist, the festival's main memorial altar is devoted to famous artists from Mexico. Artist Craig Legg is creating this altar, which will feature the names and images of artists such as Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, Jose Guadalupe Posada—godfather of all things Day of the Dead—and many more.
The annual Festival, which begins at 4 p.m. and lasts until 11pm, has expanded to include both sections of First Avenue South between Richard Arrington Jr. Blvd and Twenty-Second Street South, in addition to the fenced lot at 2115 First Ave. South and the adjacent alley. The event is rain or shine. No pets, personal food or beverages are allowed.