Día de Muertos 2023 expands from les Marolles to Ghent - 09/11/2023
From 29 October till 4 November we once again celebrated Día de Muertos. With must-sees like the Grand Altar of the Dead, a series of masterclasses plus ‘Fandango’ jam session with musicians from Mexico and the Procesión with a closing concert on the Place du Jeu de Balle! A pocket edition also took place in Ghent on 1/11 in collaboration with Bij’ De Vieze Gasten.
In just a few years, Día de Muertos in the Marolles has become the moment par excellence when people gather with family and friends in the center of Brussels to pay tribute to their deceased. With activities for young and old, Día de Muertos invites you to come and share simple gestures in memory of our deceased, without forgetting life and celebration!
This year again, the Tas d’Os art collective behind this unique celebration developed a program for all ages and interests. With a renewed Grand Altar of the Dead, workshops, concerts, Cafés Mortels, conferences and readings as from the end of October and a festive procession plus closing concert on the Place du Jeu de Balle on Saturday 4 November.
Highlights of Día de Muertos dans les Marolles’ 6th edition:
- – 29/10 Cemetery Walk with Poetry & Music from 4 continents
- – 30/10 + 2/11 Masterclass Son Jarocho with Mexican singer-guitarist Zenén Zeferino 📍 MetX
- – 31/10 Inauguration of the Grand Altar of the Dead with music from 4 continents + concert by Zenén Zeferino 📍 CC Bruegel
- – 1/11 Día de Muertos Bij’ De Vieze Gasten with a.o. Banda Quetzal & The Boat Band 📍 Pierkespark (Ghent)
- – 3/11 Fandango jam session 📍 CC Bruegel
- – 4/11 la Procesión with a.o. BRUiTAL & DROM, Banda Quetzal & The Boat Band, Urbanda & de Quetzalcóatl and Brussels Bayou Orchestra + Closing Concert by Orquesta Basura 📍 on and around Place du Jeu de Balle
Another new feature of this edition: a Día de Muertos celebration in Ghent in collaboration with Bij’ De Vieze Gasten. This socio-artistic house in the Brugse Poort district was inspired by the five previous editions to organise the first Marollian Día de Muertos outside of Brussels, in collaboration with MetX. They built a gigantic paper boat for their departed, presented it to the Ghent public on 1 November, accompanied by the musicians of Banda Quetzal, and burned it during a ritual after La Procesión on 4 November.
Full program of this year’s and all other editions on diademuertos.be