Día de Muertos returns

The Day of the Dead returns to the Shatford Centre Oct. 29 to celebrate Mexican traditions.

Día de Muertos returns

The Day of the Dead is bringing Mexican tradition to the Shatford Centre once again.

The festivities include an ancestral altar viewing, collaborative altars an art show featuring the works of Oliver artist Norberto Rodriguez de la Vega

The event also features food, music, beverages and creative stations including face painting and  sugar skull painting

All are welcome and there is a suggested donation of $10, children $5 and families $20.

The event was introduced last year thanks to Ana Oomen and Norberto Rodriguez, to share their Mexican traditions with the community.

“As a person of Mexican heritage it is important to celebrate our culture which is rich in history, art and folklore. This celebration has been declared as intangible cultural heritage by UNESCO,” Oomen said.

An addition for this year’s Dia de Muertos at the Shatford Centre is a collaboration of four artist groups from Penticton and Oliver on the creation of four separate altars with their unique themes. The Oliver Sagebrushers’ altar will be dedicated to Georgia O’Keefe. The Ripoff Artists from Oliver’s altar will be dedicated to Picasso. The 557 Artist Block’s theme will be Salvador Dali and Canwax West’s altar will honour Frida Kahlo.

The opening of the festivities takes place Oct. 29 starting at at 1 p.m. This unique art installation will stay on display and open to the public until Nov. 6 at the Shatford Centre.