La Calaca Festival opening party
By Jade Arroyo
The first annual La Calaca Festival took place in San Miguel on November 1 through 4, celebrating the Day of the Dead with art, music and contemporary performances and activities combined with ancient traditions. Taking the skull as an emblem, this multifaceted festival opened with a cool party at Hotel Matilda on the evening of November 1. The partygoers danced, talked, laughed and celebrated life. Fantastical costumed creatures circulated among the guests: saucy catrinas, skeletons and even a raven.
La Calaca plans to put San Miguel on the map as one of the top destinations to celebrate Day of the Dead in an amazing way. Klaudia Oliver, the festival’s organizer, said, “It’s all about union.”
That same night, the first Earth Harp concert took place in the Jardín, using the Parroquia as a support for the world’s largest instrument, with strings up to 1,000 feet long. The harp utilizes preexisting architecture to transform the surroundings into a musical experience. The vibrations created by the instrument were very intense, seeming to pass through one’s skin and body.