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The Dia de los Muertos Observance

Dia de Muertos/Dia de los Muertos or Day of the Dead  is a two day festival celebrated November 1st and 2nd in Mexico and parts of Latin America to honor our loved ones who passed away.

KBCS spoke with Barbara Rodriguez, Producer and Artistic Director and Matt Hooks, Producer of Seattle Center Dia de Muertos festival about what the Day of the Dead holiday is about and what’s often found as part of the ofrenda, or altar for this season.

They also describe the beginnings of the Catarina, the skeleton depicted as wearing fancy dresses and a large hat in prints and sculptures in Mexican culture.

Some Dia de Muertos Events in our region:

El Centro de la Raza Dia de los Muertos (Seattle Beacon Hill neighborhood)

Burien Dia de los Muertos

Auburn Dia de los Muertos

Issaquah Dia de los Muertos

Dia de los Muertos Fest (Seattle Phinney Neighborhood)

Producer: Yuko Kodama

Photo: Jesse Means





Children’s Film Festival Seattle

Children’s Film Festival Seattle, is finishing up this weekend.  There’s still time for you to catch a flick with a kid, or to satiate your inner child.  The festival features over 150 films from dozens of countries. Showings are at Northwest Film Forum in Seattle’s Capitol Hill, or you can view all the films online through the end of the weekend.  
KBCS interviewed the Festival’s Director, Kendra Sherrill, about event highlights, and why an independent film festival for kids is important.  
Producer: Yuko Kodama
Photo: by Derek Edamura
Kendra Sherrill
Kendra Sherrill

Crosscut Festival

If you’re looking for something to do this weekend, the Crosscut Festival is Friday and Saturday (February 2nd and 3rd, 2018). The event brings together speakers from all over the region and country.  The purpose is to encourage people to talk about some of the major issues facing our communities today. KBCS’s Yuko Kodama spoke with Greg Hanscom, the Executive Editor of Crosscut and KCTS 9 Public Television. He shares his take on the shifting role of media in our communities, and gives us some highlights of the festival.