CAMDEN MARKET TO HOST OFFICIAL DAY OF THE DEAD FESTIVAL IN COLLABORATION WITH THE EMBASSY OF MEXICO
World-famous Camden Market has partnered with the Embassy of Mexico to bring an immersive four-day celebration of Mexican culture and creativity, right to the heart of the capital.
As London’s global melting pot of creativity and culture, Camden Market is bringing the 3,000-year-old Mexican tradition to life with a Market-wide takeover. Art installations will be available to view for the entire four days, Thursday 31st October to Sunday 3rd November however the majority of the pop-ups, workshops, and installations will take place on Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd November, promising to ignite the senses and span the mediums of food, drink, art and performance.
The Market will be transformed and decorated with intricate shrines designed by Mexican artists that host various performances including live mariachi bands, Mexican music and poetry readings.
Londoners can get into the Mexican spirit through a range of family-friendly, creative and educational workshops ranging from skull mask-making to jewellery and face-painting inspired by Mexico’s oldest Day of the Dead traditions. Check the website for a full workshop itinerary.
Influenced by the Xochimilco’s extensive network of canals and picturesque trajineras’, one of Camden Market’s longboats will be fully dressed in bright colours and flowers, and will host a mini Mexican Market where Camden Market will embrace Mexico’s food and drink scene by serving native delicacies.
In the evening of 2nd, the fiesta will carry on at Gabeto, who are hosting a Day of the Dead themed party, continuing into the early hours.
SATURDAY 2ND NOVEMBER ONLY
Performances // North Yard & Stables Yard // 12pm – 5pm
12pm: Live roaming mariachi band
2pm: Mexican pop music (North Yard)
3:30pm: Catrina performance
5pm: Costumes competition (North Yard)
Cafe Chula // West Yard // 10am – 1am
As the actual Day of the Dead happens on the 2nd November, Cafe Chula will play host to a day full of food, live music, face painting and DJs until the early hours. Why not join one of their FREE tequila masterclasses?
Main Altar // Gabeto // All-day
To kick-off in true Mexican style, these traditional Altars will be created by the State of Oaxaca and pay homage to Franciso Toledo.
Art Installations // Unit 16, The Stables // All-day
Curated by Mexican artists, this gallery will showcase the best of contemporary art Mexico has to offer.
Floating Market // Camden Lock // 11am – 6pm
Next to Cafe Chula in the West Yard and inspired by the canal city Xochimilco, one of our longboats will be fully dressed in bright colours and flowers and will host a mini Mexican Market where they’ll be serving native Mexican delicacies.
Children’s Crafts // Camden Lock Place // 10am – 3pm
Mestizo Food Market // The Stables // 11am – 6pm
Take a bite out of delicious and authentic Mexican food delights!
Mezcalería Speakeasy // Unit 88, North Yard // 11am – 6pm
Tequila isn’t the only alcohol Mexico make. Experience tastings of Mezcal surrounded by beautifully curated artwork and music to get you into the Mexican spirit.
Gabeto // Stables Yard // 12pm – 2am
As well as hosting a Day of the Dead Fiesta Saturday night, Gabeto will host talks, workshops and film screenings:
Friday 1st November
5pm: Talk – The Day of the Dead in Ancient Mexico and today (BOOK HERE)
7pm: La Carga film screening
Saturday 2nd November
12pm: Talk – The Mixteca Region of Mexico: The social and cultural relevance in the XXI century (BOOK HERE)
1:30pm / 2:30pm: Calaveritas workshop (BOOK HERE)
5:30pm: Escapando film screening
Sunday 3rd November
12pm: Paper Flowers workshop (BOOK HERE)
3pm: Salma’s Big Wish film screening
Click here! for more detail
Win a round-trip flight and four nights in the all-inclusive hotel Grand Velas Resort Riviera Maya for you and a friend to Cancun! *
*Celebrate Day of the Dead and win a round-trip flight and four nights stay in the all-inclusive hotel Grand Velas Resort Riviera Maya** in Cancún!
Create your Mexican Day of the Dead altar incorporating British elements.
**Does not include ground transportation, tips, or any other expense incurred on the trip.
** The round-trip flight stops over in Mexico City and is exclusively operated by Aeromexico.
About this event, Nieves Rodriguez, Country Manager of UK & Ireland of Aeromexico, sponsor of the festival pointed out: “As Mexico’s global airline, we work intensely to connect the country, its culture and its people to the rest of the world. That is why we are extremely proud to see how foreigners appreciate and live our traditions, culture, and gastronomy. The Day of the Dead is one of the most memorable traditions in Mexico, and we are delighted to be part of this festival that reflects that we can connect people not only through our flight network but also by being part of initiatives like this, that bring the best of Mexico to the UK”.
Camden Market is a diverse community of creative sellers, street food traders and independent stores next to the Regent’s Canal. Open every day; it has over 1,000 places to shop, eat, drink and dance in the historic central London location. Camden Market continues to grow as a cultural hub for music, art, fashion and food, which reflects on the community roots that helped to form the Market at its inception