Contemporary / Indigenous / Resilience / Environment
November 1–8, 2020
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8 Days of Celebration, Conversation and Activism
Day of the Dead / Día de Muertos returns to Harbourfront Centre for an eclectic, all-digital 17thseason, from November 1 to 8, 2020. Toronto’s longest-running celebration of one of Mexico’s most important traditions highlights a contemporary artistic vision, including an online exhibition of original masks and thought-provoking discussions and programming from Canadian, U.S. and Mexican artists.
Day of the Dead has deep roots in Indigenous cultures and traditions, and as we continue to face the effects of COVID-19 and the devastating impact humans have on the environment, this year’s programming explores themes of Indigeneity, resilience and environmental challenges. The festival’s aesthetic is meant to reflect our need to stay connected, informed and enriched by the arts.
This year’s programming is possible thanks to our co-production partnership with Mexico Now Festival, Museo Universitario del Chopo and New York University Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies.
We respectfully acknowledge the past and present traditional owners of this territory and their unique role in the life of the region. Harbourfront Centre is committed to honouring Indigenous peoples’ unique cultural and spiritual relationships to the land and waters, and their rich contribution to society. Toronto is on the traditional territory of the Anishinabeg, the Haudenosaunee and the Wendat peoples and is covered by Treaty 13 with the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation. We pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging. We ask that you respect the land and traditions of those who walked upon it for millennia before us.