Day of the Dead is Here!

By 31 October, 2013

Today is October 31st, which can only mean one thing. It’s Dia de Los Muertos – Day of the Dead (forget about Halloween, that’s so last year!) – and there are plenty of interesting things happening in London and the rest of the world over the next few days to celebrate the day. Obviously if you’re in Mexico you are very lucky and best set to enjoy the slight madness that Day of the Dead has become, but there’s also plenty happening elsewhere.

The celebrations in London start tonight with the opening of The Embassy of Mexico and ExpressArte’s Day of the Dead Festival which will take place at Dalston Department Store in East London. It all begins tonight (Thursday 31st October) with DJs playing Mexican tunes until the early hours, and will be followed by workshops, live performances, exhibitions, art, Mexican food and drinking, face painting, and lots more, over Friday, Saturday and Sunday. You can find out all of the details at

The other big Day of the Dead event happening in London is Dia de Los Muertos Experience! at Rich Mix in East London. On Saturday 2nd November there will be a film screening of the classic Mexican horror film The Black Pit of Dr. M, live music from Voodoo Love Orchestra and G-Bop Orchestra, DJs to play the scariest tunes they can find in between, as well as dance and theatre. You can find out more details of this event at and get a taste of the music that will be playing by listening to this mix from Cal Jader (who’ll be DJing on the night):

[We should also mention that Sounds and Colours’ contributor Greg Scruggs will be DJing at the Dia de Los Muertos celebration in San Francisco and that S&C Editor Russ Slater will be celebrating at Nottingham Contemporary’s Dia de Los Muertos party in a rather drunken and haphazard fashion]

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