The fourth annual Catrina Ball at the Firehouse Art Center (FAC) will be a party to die for … or at least an event to celebrate the lives of those who have already made the journey into the Great Beyond.
The Ball commemorates Día de los Muertos, a widely observed holiday in Mexico and other Latin countries. It is a time when the living remember and honor departed relatives. But rather than doing so in a gloomy manner, as the name may suggest, The Day of the Dead is a time of festive celebration.
“Sometimes, when people of other cultures hear for the first time about the celebration of the Day of the Dead, they mistakenly think it must be: gruesome, terrifying, scary, ugly and sad,” according to inside-mexico.com. “Nothing could be further from the truth. The Day of the Dead is a beautiful ritual in which Mexicans happily and lovingly remember their loved relatives that have died.
The name, Catrina Ball, refers to the Calavera Catrina – a sort of female, skeletal version of the Grim Reaper. Her image was created by Mexican illustrator José Guadalupe Posada around 1910 and remains a central figure in Mexico’s cultural identity.
Attendees are encouraged come dressed as Catrinas – with fancy clothes and faces painted like skulls. The location will be decorated with candles, marigolds and papel-picado, and will feature an exhibition including a community “ofrenda” (altar), a community sugar skull wall, and a Catrina wall with drawings by local artists. Price of admission includes deadly drinks, festive food, live music and a crazy awesome art auction. Get your face painted at the Firehouse and get ready dance, dance, dance!
What: Catrina Ball
When: November 03, 2017 at 7:00pm
Cost: $5 suggested (Give what you can) & VIP Opportunities coming soon!
The FRESH ART TO FARM TO TABLE exhibition and fundraiser is a collaboration between the Firehouse Art Center and Arts Longmont. The vision of FRESH Longmont is to cultivate relationships between our agricultural and creative communities through fresh exhibitions, events and programs. We pari local artists, farms and top chefs to create a truly fresh perspective that celebrates the culture of agriculture in Longmont. The exhibitions at the Firehouse Art Center and the Arts Longmont Gallery run August 19 – September 25, 2016.
For more information visit freshlongmont.org.
In 2017, the Front Range Film Festival welcomes its fifth year as an institution of the Longmont community’s celebration of distinctly local film craftsmanship. Unlike other festivals in the region, Longmont’s Front Range Film Festival curates a program intent on furthering the cause of Colorado film by showcasing the work of local directors, writers, actors, and motion picture artists. The region is bursting with an emerging class of filmmakers and their unique perspective on adventure lifestyles, the cannabis industry, environmental & social issues, and the collaborative innovative spirit that make Colorado a thriving force for creative expression. Longmont’s Front Range Film Festival looks forward to its future as the annual focal point for exhibition and education in support of Colorado craft cinema.
Learn more here: http://www.frontrangefilmfest.com/