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Vrij Paleis

The Mexican Talent Network in the Netherlands in collaboration with Vrij Paleis are pleased to invite you to the:

Come to commemorate with us the Day of the Dead!
Saturday, 30 October 2021
Vrij Paleis
Paleisstraat 107, Amsterdam
14:00 – 22:00 hrs

COVID: If you have any symptoms of flu, please stay at home! 

El Día de Muertos, a Mexican tradition, aims to bring the memories of our dead back into life through works of art, installations, poems, performances, and contemporary rituals. A cultural and festive event for all ages and nationalities.


A ticket is for all the event

Early Bird: €10 euros (Until 24 October)
Late Bird: €15 euros
Kids: € 5 euros

Get prepared!
10 x €1 = €10 euro

Death and rituals have always been subjects in the visual arts. Just as rituals shape transformation processes, fine arts, visual arts, conceptual art, are carriers of symbolic values that can help people experience the unseeable.

OUR ARTISTS: Art works by Daniel Rakish, Anna Kurtycz (In memoriam), Alejandra Nettel, Juan Tajes, Jalal Alwan & Ana Paula Vergara will be exhibited.

Throughout the event you can appreciate a traditional altar for the dead made by Damaris Bolio (Mexican artist and activist).
You are welcome to bring a photo of a beloved one to put in the altar.

FOOD is an element that cannot be missed in a Mexican celebration, so be prepare to try the ‘tamales’ & ‘tacos’ de Las Comalitas, las ‘empanadas’ de Doña Socorro, and of course, our main guest will be present “The Mezcal”, the most symbolic Mexican drink in the world will bring you closer to other souls (present or elsewhere) by ABCMezcales.

Together the Day of the Dead and the Mezcal made: “El Día de Muertos con Mezcal” 

Come dressed as Catrina or Catrín, bring your kids to dress up as well.

Last but not least, an incredible opportunity to learn about the Mexican dog “xoloescuincle” that is linked with the Mexican most ancestral traditions and, especially with the day of the dead.

Our program:

(times & artists may vary)

14:00                               DOORS OPEN
14:00 to 14:30    Duo María Calvo & Martijn Nieuwenhuijzen
Make-up artist José Velasquez (kids & adults)
14:30 to 14:45    Opening words from Jane van der Plas, President of
the Mexican Talent Network in the Netherlands
14:45 to 15:00    What the H… is an altar! by Antonio Peralta
15:00 to 15:45     Parade
Let’s go to the Dam Square to walk around as Catrina or Catrín, get your imagination rolled free. If you are too shy for it, same deal, walk along with us!
15:45 to 16:15      Piñata time!!
16:15 to 16:45      Performance by Damaris Bolio
16:45 to 17:00    Cuca Esteves “Death, Suddenly”
17:00 to 17:30    Quartet Musica Ribelle by Sebastiano Gentile (voice),
Gaetano Fiorin (bass), Stefano Bocconi (guitar) and Federico Savini (percussion)
17:30 to 17:45     Poetry by Juan Tajes
17:45 to 18:15     Alberto Zárraga – Trobador
18:15 to 18:35     La Regia de México, Angeles Tapia & Amezary Guevara from
México Mágico (Folk dance)
18:35 to 19:00  Time to eat and music (There will be different options of food to buy)
19:00 to 22:00   PARTY with La Banda Fantástica, DJ Rengo Estar &
VJ Alexandra Dragne

The Day of the Dead with Mezcal is alive thanks to:

All the artists, Galerie Wies Willemsen, Damaris Bolio, Stefano Bocconi, the Quartet Musica Ribelle, Juan Tajes, Judith Hofstede, Daniel Rakish, Luisa Luna, Martha Mondragón, Jimena Samario, Alejandra Nettel, Milena Chávez, Jane van der Plas and all the Souls that have been around making this celebration go live.

The Mexican Talent Network in the Netherlands thanks to the Vrij Paleis and especially Daniel Rakish for opening your doors to us.

Thanks to the sponsors for their kind contribution:

Alejandra Nettel Communications
Laberinto (Art & design)
ABC Mezcales 
Verónica Mier y Terán Fotografie
Las Comalitas
Piñatas Cabezonas
Amar a México
Yola Mexican Bakery
Alberto Zárraga
Alma Mía 


The Day of the Death – The origins

(For the curious and meticulous)


The origins of this ritual are linked to the ancient Mexican pre-Columbian religion and later adapted and integrated to the Catholic world in Mexico but also now adapted in North and central America.

Rituals celebrating the deaths of ancestors had been observed by these civilizations perhaps for as long as 2,500–3,000 years.The festival that developed into the modern Day of the Dead fell in the ninth month of the Aztec calendar, about the beginning of August, and was celebrated for an entire month. The festivities were dedicated to the goddess known as the “Lady of the Dead”, corresponding to the modern La Calavera or Catrina.

By the late 20th century in most regions of Mexico, practices had developed to honor dead children and infants on November 1, and to honor deceased adults on November 2. November 1 is generally referred to as Día de los Inocentes (“Day of the Innocents”); November 2 is referred to as Día de los Muertos (“Day of the Dead”) which many countries celebrate as well, in the Netherlands is known as “Allerzielen”, where people also go to the cemeteries to pay respect to their loved ones.

In 2008, the tradition was inscribed in the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO.


General concept & Event Management:
Alejandra Nettel
Coordinator of Creative Industries for the Mexican Talent Network in the Netherlands.

Mezcal affairs:
Eduardo Pérez
Diego Santamaria

Food affairs:
Alejandra Nettel

Design & Web:
Eduardo Pérez

Publicity & Volunteers:
Jimena Samario

Photography & video:
Brandon AV – Veronica Mier y Teran


A ticket is for all the event


Early Bird: €10 euros (Until 24 October)
Late Bird: €15 euros
Kids: € 5 euros

Get prepared!
10 x €1 = €10 euro

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