Since October 2010, the Nuvein Foundation for Literature and the Arts has organized a yearly Dia de Los Muertos public outdoor event in the City of El Monte with the partnership, support, and sponsorship of the Downtown El Monte Business Association.
Every year, this event brings thousands to the Valley Mall area of El Monte to celebrate art, culture, community, and tradition.
This year’s 4th Annual Dia de Los Muertos – El Monte will showcase a full program complete with:
An outdoor gallery exhibition entitled ‘Arte y Altares’ a DDLM Exhibition, where artists are invited to participate with works of art inspired by the culture, traditions, and customs behind Dia de Los Muertos as well as create custom altar pieces to commemorate loved ones. Art submissions and altar creation requests are still being taken. For more information, please contact the curators
Chris Penalber – firstname.lastname@example.org
Miguelito Calaveras- email@example.com
Lisa Ruiz – firstname.lastname@example.org
Also being showcased at this event will tbe yearly tradition of showcasing of poetry and spoken word as part of the ‘Rincon De Poesia’ (Poet’s Corner). The Nuvein Foundation has invited several well known, emerging, published, and active poetry and spoken word performers from across Southern California to lend their voices, spirit, and passion to this growing event.
This year’s special guest poetic/spoken word performers are:
Iris De Anda
We will profile each of these incredible spoken word performers in the next few days.
El Monte Television (EMTV Channel 3) who will be providing the event with one of the two colorful guests hosts for this event. This event will be taped by the crew of EMTV Channel 3.
Mid Valley Radio (KMVR) will also be participating by providing the event with a special guest host, Lucia Flores, hostess of the popular ‘Rockin Rolas’ online radio program on KMVR.
DJ Quinto Sol Entertainment managed by Jesus Montoya, will provide a professional event sound and performance audio service that will surely set the right tone and liven up the mood throughout the event as our invited Event Sound System Manager and Engineer.
Danza Cuauhtemoc of Baldwin Park will open up the event with an invocation and traditional danza azteca ceremony and performance, providing a rich cultural backdrop and mystical and communal ambience of unity, culture, and tradition that will guide the event from beginning to the end.
Mariachi Los Pasajeros from Pico Rivera will provide the event with traditional mariachi music performance and will move the crowd to sing along and remember moments and memories of their native land of their ancestry and invite others to immerse themselves in Mexican culture and tradition.
Tlalliyolo Corazon de la Tierra, a juvenil/youth ballet folklorico group from Los Angeles will surely move our hearts to joy and wonder as their colorful display of traditional garb, music, and dance inspire us to take in the tapestry of traditions surrounding Dia de Los Muertos.
The Reyes Project, a latin rock unit, and invited guest performance courtesy of Arturo Esparza, producer of the ‘El Monte Tonight’ show on EMTV Channel 3, will surely get the crowd moving and grooving to the sounds of Latin rock.
Kalpulli Tlaltekuhtli, a traditional Danza Azteca group hailing from East Los Angeles will then round out the event, and bring the event back into the context of culture, tradition, and art.
A more detailed write up on this year’s performers will be forthcoming.
We hope to see you Saturday, October 19th, at the Valley Mall!