Night Shift: Day of the Dead

Thursday November 2| 6 – 11 pm
MOA Great Hall
Admission $10 | Free for UBC Students + Staff, MOA Members, Indigenous Peoples

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Join us for an immersive evening of music, interactive theatre, live painting, and altar-making for this year’s Day of the Dead festivities (Día De Los Muertos). Come in your favourite costume and bring a photo of a deceased person who is dear to your heart for our collective altar. We are transforming the museum into a vast, underworld labyrinth!

Event schedule:
6:00 pm onward – Drop-in altar making with the women’s art collective Retazos and artists Harry Grunsky and Ari De La Mora, with live music by DJ Kemo and cash bar.

8:00 / 9:00 pmUnderworld – an interactive theatre experience led by SITE theatre. Journey through the underworld with an inexperienced guide who must liberate the dead from an eternal migration through a decaying landscape.

9:00 pmThe Bardo – an interactive painting performance by artist Kalsang Dawa. Enter the bardo, the Tibetan realm of existence between death and rebirth.

Upcoming Night Shift events:
Reimagine the future of culture and social change at MOA’s monthly cabaret party. Join us on the first Thursday of every month for an unexpected mix of comedy, music, dance and experimental theatre by some of the most interesting artists from Vancouver and beyond.

Taking place in the spectacular Great Hall, Night Shift features diverse voices who have something provocative to say. Hang around before and after the show to share drinks and discussion in our lobby bar, or explore the museum with friends new and old.

December 7: Supernatural Vibes
Move aside, boys! Emcee Suzette Amaya curates an all-female lineup of Indigenous spoken word and hip-hop performers from around the Northwest Coast.

Image credit L-R: Underworld photo by Darcy Muenchrath, Mama Icha by Ari De La Mora, photo courtesy of DJ Kemo.

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