Viva la Vida 2014 Events

Mexic-Arte Museum is thrilled to announce the date for the annual Viva la Vida Festival on October 18, 2014 from 12:00pm – 9:00pm in downtown Austin. This year, Austin’s largest and longest-running Day of the Dead event features a Grand Procession, Latino artists and entertainment, a grand float by guest artist Dennis McNett, an exhibition with Community altars inside the Museum, and educational programs. Attendees will also enjoy traditional foods from local food trucks, hands-on art activities, and artist demos. The 2014 event is co-sponsored by the City of Austin.


FESTIVAL
Date: Saturday, October 18, 2014
Note: Location Change for Festival Grounds
Location: Northwest corner of 4th St. and Congress (downtown Austin)
Time: 12:00-9:00 pm
Admission:  Free

Musical Performances by
El Tule, Los De Esta Noche, Tiarra Girls, Sonoita, Dextrophobia, Sonido Sol, Flamencura Dance Studio, Danza Guerreros Azteca Xochipilli, Dj Soto

Activities
Food Trucks, Art Vendors, Children’s Art Activities, Day of the Dead Merchandise, Day of the Dead Festival Sculptures


INSIDE MEXIC-ARTE MUSEUM

Visit the Community Altars Exhibit & Miradas: Ancient Roots in Modern and Contemporary Mexican Art from the Bank of America Collection

Date: Saturday, October 18, 2014
Time: 10 am – 5 pm
Admission:  $5 Adults, Children $1
(Free for children under 6)

Special Dia de los Muertos Event: El Jimador Salutes Day of the Dead!
Time: 6 pm – 9 pm
Delicious Sampling of Two Signature Cocktails & Tamales
Members:  Free Admission
General Admission: $10
RSVP to: development@mexic-artemuseum.org


GRAND PROCESSION/PARADE

Date: Saturday, October 18, 2014 Note:  Time Change
Parade staging: 11:00 a.m.
Parade launch: 12:00 noon
Route: The parade will gather on 6th street between Chicon and Comal, and travel an entire mile west on 6th street to the festival location on 4th and Congress.

Special Parade Component: Being that this is the year of the FIFA World Cup, we are extending a special invitation to all the Austin Soccer Teams and Enthusiasts to commemorate Deceased Soccer Players.


DENNIS MCNETT MASK-MAKING WORKSHOPS

Mexic-Arte Museum will host three sessions of the workshop for the general public led by Dennis McNett. Join us for this mask-making/kinetic sculpture building workshop in the Museum. Participants will create unique masks to be used alongside the kinetic sculpture in the Viva la Vida parade. Visitors will work collaboratively building the masks. Participation is free and open to the public. One may participate in one or all of the workshops. Materials will be provided.

Mask-Making Workshop Dates

Saturday, October 11, 2014 from 10am-12pm; 1pm-3pm
Sunday, October 12, 2014 from 1pm-4pm
Admission: Free
RSVP here on facebook.


VIVA PREMIERE - DENNIS MCNETT

Mexic-Arte Museum will host nationally celebrated artist Dennis McNett as a part of our Artist-In-Residency Program, sponsored in part by The Brown Foundation. The masks will be worn in the parade alongside McNett’s custom-made kinetic sculpture inspired by the Mayan god of the underworld, Camazotz meaning “bat.”


CALL FOR PARTICIPANTS & VOLUNTEERS

Participants are needed for all sections of the parade, including pre-Columbian, Modern Mexico, and Austin Weird. People of all ages dressed in skeleton costumes, families, university groups, portable altars, noise makers, Chihuahuas, Aztec dancers, samba dancers, Ballet Folkloricos, and colorfully decorated cars will gather and assemble a joyful procession.

To participate in the parade, register here.
To register for a volunteer shift, please visit sign up here.


 

This project is funded by Univision Television, Univision Radio, Capital Metro, El Jimador, Fiesta Mart, Stream Realty, The Brown Foundation, IBC Bank, Brown Distributing,  3M Austin,  Austin Friends of Folk Art, and Maudie’s. This project is funded and supported in part by a grant from the Texas Commission on the Arts and NEA, as well as the City of Austin Economic Development Department/Cultural Arts Division believing an investment in the Arts is an investment in Austin’s future. Visit Austin at NowPlayingAustin.com.

 

Special thanks to the City of Austin Office of Special Events.


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