Open Thursday – Sunday
7pm – 1am
Tickets: $15 Advance and at the Door.
All Ages Welcome!
The seventh annual Catrina Ball at the Dickens Opera House 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 1910–1913 zinc etching by the Mexican printmaker, cartoon illustrator and lithographer José Guadalupe Posada. She is offered as a satirical portrait of those Mexican natives who, Posada felt, were aspiring to adopt European aristocratic traditions in the pre-revolution era. La Catrina has become an icon of the Mexican Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead.
Attendees are encouraged come dressed as Catrinas – with fancy clothes and faces painted like skulls. Dickens 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 ready to dance, dance, dance!
Proceeds benefit the Firehouse Art Center and the Longmont Museum & Cultural Center.
Full details of the day-long event:
Online ticket price $15.00 plus a $1.00 convenience fee:
Ticket Price $16.00