Día de los Muertos in Amstelveen
Every year on 1 and 2 November the whole of Mexico celebrates Día de los Muertos. Nowadays this ‘festival of death’, which can be compared to our All Souls’/All Saints’ Day, is a world-famous phenomenon that has become part of Mexican identity. This Unesco heritage draws millions of people to Mexico every year. On Dias de los Muertos the dead are commemorated and honoured with private altars, papier-mâché dolls (cartonería), skulls (calaveras), processions and in many other uniquely imaginative ways.
On 1 en 2 November 2019, the Cobra Museum will bring Día de los Muertos to Amstelveen. Mexican artists will make an altar in the Cobra museum, where people from Amstelveen can come to pay their respects to their dead loved ones. For this special occasion, the museum will remain open in the evening to serve as a festive place of remembrance. In the weeks leading up to the festival, Mexican artists will host cartonería workshops in the museum. On 2 November, Cinema Amstelveen will show the film Coco (Pixar Animation Studios / Walt Disney Pictures 2017) for the children of Amstelveen. Prior to the film, children can visit the altar in the Cobra Museum and have their faces painted according to the Mexican Día de los Muertos tradition.