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Hollywood Forever Cemetery is proud to present the 19th annual Dia de los Muertos festival:

COATLICUE “MOTHER OF THE GODS”

For our 19th Annual Dia de los Muertos, we honor the Aztec goddess who gave birth to the moon, stars, and the sun. Join us as we celebrate the divine feminine, the loving mother that unites us all! Coatlicue (/kwɑːtˈliːkweɪ/) “skirt of snakes” “mother of the gods”, is the Mexica-Aztec goddess who gave birth to the moon, stars, and Huitzilopochtli, the god of the sun and war. She is the the Great Mother, in whom both the womb and the grave co-exist.

Her most famous monumental representation was at the Temple Mejor in Mexico City. After the Spanish Conquest, the temple was destroyed and her statue was buried because it was considered an inappropriate pagan idol by Spanish invaders. After languishing in obscurity for more than 200 years, She was rediscovered in 1790.

Not long after she was found, however, Coatlicue was reburied — she was considered frightening and pagan. Eventually, she was uncovered again in the twentieth century, becoming one of the crowning objects of the National Anthropology Museum and Mexican/Aztec identity.

“The post-conquest history of the statue of Coatlicue is connected to the ideology of Mexican nationalism, to the history of aesthetics, to surrealism and to Chicano feminism. It has been an object of horror, extolled as a thing of beauty hidden from view, exhibited as a masterpiece, and is the subject of endless speculation” – Jean Franco

We summon and celebrate the lost Mother Goddess of the Americas to pay tribute to Feminine Power and Divinity. She will not be silenced. She will not remain buried and forgotten. She is the Mother who creates us and the Earth who welcomes us upon Death. The irrepressible and indestructible Coatlicue rises again to inspire and guide Dia de Los Muertos 2018.

Coatlicue: Mother of the Gods. Interview with Dr. Manuel Aguilar, Art History Professor at Cal State LA.Click Here to watch interview.

Saturday, October 27th, 2018: NOON until MIDNIGHT

The Ceremonial Altar Set-Up: Friday, October 26th, 2018 – 3pm onward

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General Admission: $25 per person – (please bring exact change)
Children 8 years and under free until 4pm
Seniors 65 and over free until 4pm

  • Dia de Los Muertos attire strongly encouraged – Come dressed in your finest Calaca apparel
  • Spend an eventful day relaxing and watching the evening stars appear as the cemetery comes to life with joyful celebrations
  • Enjoy fine Mexican cuisine and a wide spectrum of Day of the Dead arts and crafts available for purchase
  • Plan ahead where to park and please carpool
  • Pre-Purchase your tickets to avoid lines day of the event

Location Address:
Hollywood Forever Cemetery
6000 Santa Monica Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90038

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Event Features:

  • A vibrant traditional procession in the home of Hollywood’s Immortals with traditional Aztec blessings and Regional Musical-Dance group dedications
  • Musical performances by Grammy Award winning recording artists
  • 100+ Altars created by members of the community to their ancestors and loved ones
  • Hundreds of Aztec Ritual Dancers in full costume
  • Four stages featuring music and theatrical performances
  • An Art Exhibition in the Cathedral Mausoleum curated by Luis Villanueva
  • A costume contest for the best dressed Calaca (skeleton)
  • A children’s arts project area
  • Arts and Crafts vendors
  • Food vendors from around Los Angeles
  • Presentation of Altar winners – The judges will select the best altar of each of the following categories: Theme of Event, Traditional Altar, Contemporary Altar – the best of each category wins $3,000

2018 Event Schedule (subject to change):

ALTAR EXHIBITS 12pm – 12am
Winners announced at 8pm at Main Stage

AZTEC DANCES & RITUALS 12pm – 12am
Aztec Circle on the Lake and also throughout the cemetery grounds

CHILDREN’S ART CENTER 12pm – 6pm
Arts & Crafts • Face Painting

CEREMONIAL PROCESSION
From main entrance to main stage 2:00pm – 2:30pm

COSTUME CONTEST 1pm – 7:30pm
Get your photo taken at the official Photo Booth
Winner announced on the Main Stage

CATHEDRAL ART EXHIBIT 12pm – 12am
ARTIST and CURATOR of ART EXHIBITION: LUIS VILLANUEVA
ARTIST of the YEAR: TINO RODRIGUEZ
ARTIST: Emi Motokawa • Lynn Elishaw • Mar Abella • Cecelia Ivy
Pola Lopez • Donna Marie Angers • Keryl Kris Reinke
Susan Z • Erica Friend • Lili Flor

EL MOSAICO STAGE 3pm – 10:30pm
DANCE & MUSIC
3:00pm Aztec Opening Ceremony – Ce Ollintzin Dance Co.
3:30pm Ballet Folklórico – No te Rajes Jalisco
4:00pm Ballet Folklórico – Raices de Mexico OC
4:30pm Musical Act – Grupo Mestizo
5:00pm Ballet Folklórico – Folklor Cielo Y Tierra
6:00pm Ballet Folklórico – Xhanat
6:30pm  Ballet Folklórico – Grupo Folklórico Princesa Donaji
7:00pm Musical Act – Danny Munoz
7:30pm Ballet Folklórico – BF Aztlan de CSUN
8:00pm Musical Act- El Santo Golpe
9:00pm Ballet Folklórico – Mixteco East LA
9:30pm Ballet Folklórico – BF Eterna Juventud
10:00pm Aztec Opening Ceremony – Ce Ollintzin Dance Co.

LA CATRINA STAGE 3pm – 9:30pm
MUSIC, THEATER & DANCE
3:05pm Laurie Marie – Contemporary Arte in Movement/Dance Company
3:30pm Andrea Zuñiga – Singer
4:10pm Fanny Ara – Flamenco Dance
4:40pm Esteban León – Singer
5:20pm Tribu – Prehispanic Music
6:00pm Fanny Ara – Flamenco Dance
6:30pm Andrea Zuñiga – Singer
7:10pm Laurie Marie – Contemporary Arte in Movement/Dance Company
7:35pm Eli Presser – Puppet Theater
8:00pm Esteban León – Singer
8:40pm Tribu – Prehispanic Music

EL FANDANGO EN SU ESPLENDOR STAGE 4pm – 12am
TRADITIONAL MUSIC FROM SOUTH EAST COAST OF MEXICO
MC’s Adriana Diaz, Silvia Villegas and Carmen Dehesa
4:00pm Los Jaguares del Sereno
4:30pm Aparato
5:00pm Conjunto Xi
6:00pm Alebrijes en Vuelo
7:00pm Carlos Sé
8:00pm Los Coyotitos
9:00pm Conjunto Tenocelomeh
10:00pm Los Hijos de Santo
11:00pm NOSIS – Special guests: Ballet Eterna Juventud

MUERTE Y TRADICIÓN STAGE 12pm – 12am
MAIN STAGE - MUSIC & DANCE PERFORMANCES
12:00pm Metralleta de Oro
2:30pm Opening Ceremony and Aztec Blessing
3:00pm Traditional Dance – Traditional Dance – Diablos de Oaxaca, Paloteros de
Guanajuato, Virgenes de Nayarit, Matachines de San Luis Potosi
4:15pm LACER’s King Drill Team
4:30pm Loli Molina
5:30pm Y La Bamba
6:30pm Hello Seahorse!
7:30pm Mexican Institute of Sound
8:30pm Altar & Costume Winners Announcement
8:50pm Coatlicue: Mother of the Gods – Pasion De Mi Tierra Dance Co.
9:00pm Coatlicue Aztec ceremonial dance – Danza XOCOYOTE de Los Angeles
9:30pm Panteón Rococó
11:00pm Metralleta de Oro