Día de Muertos: Living Memories and Resistance | 1st & 2nd of Nov 2018

Day of the Deas 1 and 2
Día de Muertos: Living Memories and Resistance
Thursday 1st and Friday 2nd of November 2018
St James Hatcham Building, Goldsmiths University
SE14 6AD London, United Kingdom
Day of Dead is a very important tradition in Mexico and other Latin American countries. It is a celebration of our ancestries and close relatives and friends who have passed away. We honour them on the first and second of November by setting up an ofrenda or offering which includes the food, drinks and other objects they liked.
This year we want to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 1968 student movement in Mexico, which ended in the Tlatelolco massacre, where hundreds of students were killed by the State after months of demonstrations for political freedom and democracy.
We also want to remember other students who have died at the hands of governments from all reaches of the earth and for all different reasons. We invite you to honour the memory of such students.
If you have your own stories from your country and want to share them, please come to. Bring pictures, flowers and a remembrance of students from your heritage or that you have a connection with, or from other murders that trigger memories of resistance.


THURSDAY 1st of November

* Flower Making and Creating Altars | 2PM – 8PMHelp us setting up the main altar of the event, dedicated to the students of the 68. We will use the space to reflect on our own stories and heritage. If your own stories from your country and want add something to the alter for student movements, please come to the DROP-IN Flower making workshop and alter decorations.

TO PLACE ON ALTAR: Please bring visual representation of those you want to be remembered and things they liked. They are coming back to visit from the other side, so make them feel welcome after their journey with their favourite food & drinks, and reminders of their favourite activities, books, etc.

Find more info and some guiding questions for this specific workshop here: https://www.facebook.com/events/388072368398117/


FRIDAY 2nd of November

16:00 – 16:45.

          Welcoming. ‘Day of the Dead: Living Memories and Resistance’


16:30 – 18:00
           Film screening of short experimental pieces made by the students of the 68 Movement in Mexico to document their struggle and spread their voices and demands.
The screening will be followed by a conversation with Axel Elias and Lorna Scott, who have investigated the 68 Movement in Mexico and its cultural influence in contemporary Mexico.
18:30 – 20:00
          Zapatista films “Dispatches from Mexico” by Caitlin Manning (Mexico, USA). Meet the directors and join us for a debate on contemporary resistance movements..
20:00 – 22:00
         Join us for a final reflection on what this form of remembering our beloved ones mean. The night will end with traditional Mexican music interpreted by Bryan Reyes Rodríguez, some poetry and the 1968 playlist.
** Note this is NOT a halloween event, please don’t wear spooky fancy dress.

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