By Karen Ocampo
La Calaca (skull) is a four-day participatory arts festival in San Miguel de Allende. It is integrated into the vibrant cultural celebration of Día de Muertos. La Calaca honors indigenous traditions while exploring them for future generations.
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, non-profits, and cultural institutions.
For the second time, La Calaca will be creating the Pyramid of Dead at Parque Juárez. After the great success of this moving installation by Chilean artist Tomás Burkey, this year again the Pyramid of the Dead will be presented to generate public art in the city. The Pyramid of the Dead is made of brass structures made by San Miguel artisans. Each section is created by different artisans who want to pay tribute to their loved ones.
You can review the La Calaca program on the website, www.lacalacafestival.com, and you will be amazed at all the activities that will take place: flash mobs, chapel tours, walking amid artwork in the park, even getting a tattoo of a beautiful calaca on any part of your body.
In 2014, La Calaca was named one of the 300 best festivals in the world by fest300.com. In 2015, it was named one of the top 13 alternative festivals, like the Burning Man Festival.