Announcing the Third Annual La Calaca Festival

By Annie Coleman

La Calaca (The Skeleton) is a four-day participatory arts festival in San Miguel de Allende, that is integrated into the vibrant celebration of Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead). La Calaca honors indigenous traditions while exploring them for the future. The third annual La Calaca Festival will take place October 30-November 2. By harnessing creative energies both traditional and contemporary, La Calaca aims to create an atmosphere of collaboration, innovation, and conversation around the powerful themes of Día de Muertos.

Arts Festival
La Calaca Festival
Oct 30-Nov 2

Programming for the festival will take place at venues throughout the city. During the day there will be lectures, workshops, artisan markets, costumed processions, and tours of traditional altars and cemeteries, along with art exhibitions and performances organized by local artists, nonprofits, and cultural institutions. In the evenings, visitors will experience the exquisite culinary options in San Miguel, while the “Sonic Butterfly”—the world’s largest stringed instrument—transforms the famous Parroquia Cathedral into a giant harp. Late night fiestas will culminate in a closing party and art exhibition on Saturday evening in the newly-opened Centro Cultural Allende at the historic Instituto Allende.

Other featured installations will include the internationally renowned Balloon Chain and the Pyramide de Muertos, a monumental scale community altar comprised of 60 ‘nichos’ individually decorated by local artists. A special installation by acclaimed photographer Spencer Tunick is being planned in conjunction with the festival.

In 2014, La Calaca was named one of the world’s 300 best festivals, by,


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