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2021

Dia de muertos

⚠️ Due to the bad weather the Melrose tunnel procession is cancelled, Thank you for your understanding

“Dia de Muertos NDG” is a festival inviting Montrealers to come closer to the meaning of life and death through the Mexican tradition known as the Day of the Dead. 

For its 5th edition, celebrate with PAAL from October 29 to November 7 in a festival that resembles the Mexican tradition and the Celtic tradition of the Samhain (which gave origin to Halloween) together. 

As part of tradition, cultures from all over the world have honored life and death as part of a natural cycle present within nature and the seasons. Celebrating Halloween and the Day of the Dead is beyond catrinas, flowered skulls or frightening representations. It is an opportunity to embody this natural cycle of life and death present in each of us, as well as pay tribute to our beloved ones that left before us.

We present for this edition:

Free events for all!

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The photographic exhibition

The cycle of life and death

From October 29 to November 7

Discover the work of 10 artists of Colombian, Mexican and Canadian origin around the cycle of life and death walking around the Nôtre-Dame-de-Grâce neighborhood. These images focus on 4 themes: Transformation, Cycle of Life, Ancestors and Roots.

Yaen Tijerina is the curator of the exhibition this year.

Thanks to artists: Linda Rutenberg, Yaen Tijerina, Janet Zuniga, Marianne Larochelle, Lee Lapaix, Damian Siqueiros, Pilar Macias, Adriana Garcia Cruz, Andrea Calderon, Michael Abril.

On the site, you can learn more about the artists and their inspirations through a QR code, where you can watch the poetry, music and dance videos using your phones.

Poets who talk about transformation: Belfast And and Angel Mota

Music from our ancestors: Patrick Hutchinson and Belfast Andi and Gonzalo Ceja.

Dance inspired by our roots: Leticia Vera

Photography that addresses the cycle of life and death: Linda Rutenberg, Yaen Tijerina

View the exhibition online
Thanks to our partners for this edition:

This project is funded by the Government of Canada, the Conseil des arts de Montréal and within the framework of the Montreal Cultural Development Agreement concluded between the City of Montreal and the government of Quebec.

⚠️ Due to the bad weather the Melrose tunnel procession is cancelled, Thank you for your understanding

Melrose Tunnel Procession

Lively procession, altar and music

Saturday October 30
5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

You are invited to join us for a procession inside the Melrose Tunnel where you will learn about the traditions and altars of the Day of the Dead. This route will be accompanied by La Chasse Balcon and Son Sur y Luna, traditional and Mexican music. At the end of the procession, there will be a large altar, a concert and a monumental projection for your enjoyment.

To follow the sanitary instructions, we offer two presentations on the same day. Choose the schedule that works best for you.

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Thank you to our partners:

This project is funded by the Government of Canada, the Conseil des arts de Montréal and as part of the Montreal Cultural Development Agreement between the City of Montreal and the Government of Quebec.

Family workshops

Join us for a Halloween & Day of the Dead reading followed by some parent-child workshops.

October 25 at 11 am

Do not miss our first activity of the Day of the Death 2021 festival, in collaboration with Explorations and Élémentaire Café.

Élémentaire Café

6565 Somerled Ave H4T1V1 Montréal, Québec

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November 5th at 11 am

Don’t miss our second Day of the Death 2021 parent-child activity, in collaboration with Café 92.

Café 92 degrés

6703 Sherbrooke Ouest H4B1P3 Montréal, Québec

Festival Program

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(Currently only available in French)

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