Record breaking attempt for Day of the Dead celebrations
Tickets for Liverpool’s iVAMOS! Day of the Dead celebration are now on sale along with a call out for over 1,000 people to come out dressed up in costume for a world record breaking event!
iVAMOS! is calling for Liverpudlians to come to the event, on Saturday (October 31) at St George’s Hall, made-up as their finest Catrinas or Catrines (the popular Mexican skull painted faces) so that the world-record attempt for the most at the same place can be made.
Festival Director Nik Barerra said: “Our Day of the Dead extravaganza is shaping up to be a spectacular event with Mexican musicians, wrestlers, street food, DJs and a mass Day of the Dead shrine.
“But we’re also calling on the people of Merseyside to get dressed up as Catrinas or Catrines in an attempt to break the world-record – and we’ll be competing against two other world-attempts in Mexico itself.”
The current world record for the largest gathering of Catrinas and Catrines was achieved by 509 participants in an event organised by La Catrina Fest MX (Mexico) in Cuauhtemoc, Mexico, on November 1, 2014.
There will be makeup artists available from 1pm, but people are also encouraged to do their own make up and to gather for the attempt at 4pm – followed by a mass piÃ±ata smash! The world record attempt is free, the evening event, beginning at 6.30pm, is ticketed.
Further details of the Day of the Dead extravaganza delivered by ¡VAMOS!, Monkey Mind Productions and in partnership with MX Proyecta have been unveiled which will feature live Mexican wrestling with superstar Cassandro.
Based in Texas Cassandro is in strong demand across the world for his flamboyant style and hard-core wrestling moves!
There is also a fantastic line-up of musicians including punk rock ‘n’ roll Mexican star El Vez and world-renowned Latin rock outfit Los Straitjackets.
In addition to this Mariachi troupe – Mariachi Las Adelitas – will be performing. Based in London the band hail from all corners of Latin America, each member is a fantastic instrumentalist and there are no less than three lead vocalists in the group.
Emma Foxall, director of Monkey Mind Productions, who have partnered with iVAMOS! to co-deliver the festival, said: “This is going to be a fantastic night filled with great music, food and Tequila – and beating the world-record would top it off nicely.”
iVAMOS! is a nationally-renowned festival which has been running in the North East of England for a decade – and this year sees it expand to Liverpool for the first time.
iVAMOS! has delivered 380 events to an audience of over 300,000 and is supported by Arts Council England, Newcastle University, Instituto Cervantes and the Government of Mexico as part of the Year of Mexico in UK 2015.
In celebrating Spanish and Portuguese speaking cultures, iVAMOS! combines cuisine, art, film, theatre, dance, music, literature, fashion, sport and education offering an international festival appealing to partners and diverse mainstream audiences.
iVAMOS!’s packed cultural schedule of events, running into next year, will also include exhibitions of world-famous Mexican husband and wife artists Frida Khalo and Diego Rivera and the first UK exhibition of internationally renowned Mexican fashion designer Manuel Cuevas – whose clothes have dressed everyone from The Beatles to Dolly Parton.
With many more events to be announced in the coming weeks and/or months, including Liverpool/Mexico focused visual art and fashion commissions, Mexican craft activities and music will be brought to Liverpool which is host to the UK’s largest concentration of Latin American communities outside London.
iVAMOS! Day of the Dead extravaganza is taking place on October 31 in St George’s main Hall, Liverpool. Make-up artists will be onsite from 1pm, the world record attempt begins at 4pm and is free for all to attend. Doors open for the night time event at 6.30pm with the festivities starting at 7pm.