Dia de los Muertos Kingston 2015 was initiated by Ollin, an initiative directed by Yessica Rivera Belsham.
Dia de los Muertos Kingston provides workshops and events relating to the Mexican tradition that is Dia de los Muertos (day of the dead), in Kingston Ontario Canada.
Our purpose is to embrace, promote, and share the Mexican rooted tradition of Dia de los Muertos and organize the annual Dia de los Muertos Festival in Kingston, while connecting with the community at large in a meaningful way. The festival will be in November every year with a series of workshops leading up to the festival.
Our mission is to connect the community and highlight arts and culture, in addition to health and wellness, through creative expression and connection to honouring ancestors and those whom have died, as well as celebrate life and connecting community to wonderful support groups, grief and bereavement services, and mental health services in Kingston.
2015 marked the first Dia de los Muertos Kingston Festival on November with an amazing response from over 700 community members! With no funding, the pay as you can entrance donations covered all costs of running the first festival! This celebration has received no major funding and is once again relying on the support of the community with donations at the door and bids on the silent auction items and purchase of Dia de los Muertos Kingston TShirts :)
Since 2016 the festival has been a partnership of Ollin and the Kingston Branch of the Canadian Mental Health Association and with great support from the Kingston Community Health Centres Special Events Committee! We've also had support and participation from Hospice Kingston, Bereaved Families of Ontario, SouthEast Cancer Care, Kingston Youth Shelter, James Reid Funeral, Respute Homecare, Gentle Wings Puppet Theatre, Kingston National Indigenous Peoples Day Committee, Sisters in Spirit, Mexico Lindo y Que Rico Restaurant, Chilangos Restaurant, and Kingston Latino Association.
None of the festivals would be possible without the help of amazing friends, family, and community members!
The Festival Executive Director
Yessica Rivera Belsham
The 2018 Festival Committee includes ( Alphabetical Order)
Ollin: Yessica Rivera Belsham (+ Family), Venezia Rangel
Canadian Mental Health Association: Judi Burill, Stacie Revell
Community Members: Jolene Simko