Day Of The Dead 2015: Things To Do In London

While on this side of the pond we’re going crazy for Halloween, Mexicans are gearing up to celebrate Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) — the annual festival on 1 and 2 November where families gather to remember their relatives and friends who have passed away.

Thing is, Dia de los Muertos is becoming quite an event in London these days too — take a look at what you can get up to this year.

Crick Crack Club

Performance storytellers Crick Crack Club are at Rich Mix in Shoreditch for an evening revolving around God, the Devil and death. Storytellers Clare Muireann Murphy and Xanthe Gresham take to the stage, along with improvisation genius The Unorthodox, Unprecedented Preacher. £8/£6, prebook, 29 October

Soul Kitchen feast

Head to Stepney City Farm for a Mexican feast, including products sourced from the farm itself. Ticket includes welcome drink and canapes, plus Mexican dishes such as lemon sole ceviche tostada and pork carnitas tacos. £30, prebook, 29 October

Festival at the British Museum

Day of the Dead actually covers four days at the British Museum, kicking off with a Day of the Dead Late on Friday evening with food, drink, film screenings, workshops and roving performances. Family-friendly events take place throughout the weekend, with self-guided trails around the museum and a digital activity where you can make a personalised altar. The festival concludes with a study day, with lectures, talks and activities explaining the cultural significance of the occasion. Free, just turn up (booking required for study day), 30 October-2 November

Number 90 Bar

Number 90 Bar in Hackney Wick is transformed into a Mexican festival. Various DJs take to the decks while performances and live art unfold. £15, prebook, 31 October

Barrio Soho

Cocktail bar Barrio Soho is heading back to its roots and throwing a joint Day of the Dead and Halloween themed bash. The interior will be transformed into a spooky cemetery, with tequila cocktails and a Mexican feast available. DJ Oliver Night and The Barrio Allstars provide the music, and specialist face painters will be on hand to plaster guests in Day of the Dead make-up. Free, prebook, 31 October

Barrio Soho

Day of the Living

Theatre company We Light Up The House turn the Day of the Dead inside-out by focusing on those missing, presumed alive. Mexican and UK theatre makers create a vigil for victims who have disappeared but not yet been found. At Platform Theatre in King’s Cross. £6/£3, prebook31 October-1 November

Blues Kitchen

Blues Kitchen in Shoreditch kicks things off with a live mariachi band, followed up by a midnight soul set, with vintage soul tracks spinning until 3am. Free entry before 9pm, £8 after, 31 October

Storytelling with London Dreamtime

Storyteller Vanessa Woolf and musician Nigel of Bermondsey lead an evening of storytelling and music in a secret Shoreditch churchyard, before finishing the evening at the rooftop bar at Queen of Hoxton. £5, prebook1 November

Rich Mix

Mexico Lindo y Querido Community Group London brings an authentic, family-friendly Mexican Day of the Dead celebration to Rich Mix. Expect a traditional altar, live music, arts and crafts and Mexican food. You’re invited to bring mementos for your dead (i.e photos, food, flowers) to add to the altar. Free, prebook, 1 November

Storytelling at Crick Crack Club

Wahaca festival

Mexican restaurant Wahaca is throwing a 12-hour party at Tobacco Dock, featuring live music, food, art and debate. Food comes in the form of a Mexican street food market, and Mexican stars including musicians and actors talk about their generation, influences and coming of age in Mexico, with live music from the likes of electro-indie band The Horrors and, um, Mexrrissey (that’s a Mexican group united through their love of Morrissey). On a more serious note, the event supports Mexican charity Periodistas de a Pie, supporting families of journalists who died doing their jobs. £31.90, prebook, 7 November

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