On 7th November 2015, Wahaca will present the mother of all Day of the Dead celebrations.
Over the course of one day and night-time, the fiesta will bring together the best Mexican and British creative talent for a multisensory exploration of Mexico, at London’s immense Tobacco Dock. Expect live music, DJs, thought-provoking contemporary and street art, film, debate, immersive theatre, eating, drinking and dancing; a sensory spectacle with soul.
“We love a fiesta, so do the Mexicans, and the Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos) eclipses them all. It’s about honouring and celebrating the lives of those who are no longer around, keeping memories alive, and we’ve pulled in some like-minded and mind-blowing talent to make sure the party is unforgettable,” says Wahaca’s Thomasina Miers.
On the music front, confirmed acts include; The Horrors and Crystal Fighters from the UK, plus epic Mexican supergroup, Mexrrissey, lauded recently for their Latino versions of Morrissey and The Smiths’ catalogue plus Grammy award winning multi-platinum rock heroes Zoe.
In partnership with the Saatchi Gallery and Mexico’s Rodrigo Peñafiel, an extraordinary exhibit of Mexican and British art, celebrating life and death. English PEN, the global charity for literature and freedom of expression, will host a daytime talks stage to explore the issues – both positive and negative – affecting the Mexican state, its people and culture that inspire so many of us today.
No Mexican fiesta would be complete without food and drink, and Wahaca are going to cook up a storm. The historic atria of The Tobacco Docks will feature stalls serving Mexican market tacos, contemporary tortas, smokey barbacoa, roasted elotes and fresh churros. Mexican hot chocolate salons will revive the spirits, and tequila and mezcal bars will serve them. Enrique Olvera, probably Mexico’s most prominent chef, and whose restaurant Pujol is ranked in the top 20 in the world, will host a supper club with Wahaca’s Thomasina Miers.
As the sun sets, the music will get louder, and the fiesta more transcendent. UK and Mexican DJs including Mad Decent’s Toy Selectah, and making his UK debut, Erick Rincon of “3ball Mty” (Tribal Monterrey) will bring the uniquely hedonistic sound of Mextronica to the Capital.
Wahaca Presents Day of the Dead will be the culmination of a year-long ‘Culinary Trip’ programme of events by Wahaca with top Mexican chefs, created to celebrate the Year of Mexico in the UK. The fiesta will support the charity Periodistas de a Pie (Journalists on the Ground), which works to defend the rights of journalists and protect freedom of expression in Mexico.