The City of Unley will honour Mexico’s Day of the Dead with an outdoor screening of the family-friendly film Coco on Friday, November 2.
The event marks the return of the City of Unley’s popular Ignite Unley Outdoor Cinema series, which runs throughout summer each year.
Day of the Dead – or Dia De Los Meurtos as it is known in Mexico – stems from 3,000 years of history. The holiday is a celebration of life and death and while it originated in Mexico, it is celebrated all over Latin America.
City of Unley Acting Mayor Peter Hughes said the film screening would be an excellent chance for the community to get involved and learn about the Mexican culture and history.
“This significant day is all about commemorating life and its joys through colourful displays,” Mr Hughes said.
“It’s an opportunity for people to celebrate those who are missed but not forgotten, with an altar to place photos and pay respects.”
Coco is a 2017 animated fantasy film produced by Pixar animation studios and released by Walt Disney. The concept for Coco is inspired by the Mexican Day of the Dead holiday. The film has been awarded many accolades and is a firm favourite amongst global audiences.
The film offers insight into the deep-rooted cultural beliefs behind the festival and its prevalence in the Mexican community.
Bring along the entire family for a night full of learning and laughter. Pre-screening activities start at 6pm and include Day of the Dead face painting and live entertainment with Mexican music and dancers.
Delicious food from tacos to tamales will be on offer, while drinks will be available from an on-site bar. You can also participate in the breaking of fresh bread supplied by traditional Mexican bakery Salon Chihuahua.
Bring a picnic rug and arrive early to snap up a good spot as space is limited. The film will start at sunset and the event is free.
For more information, visit unley.sa.gov.au/igniteunley
WHERE: The Village Green, Unley (Cnr of Oxford Tce and Rugby St)
WHEN: November 2, activities start at 6pm, film screening starts at sunset
WHAT: Coco (PG)