Dia Fort Wayne Celebrates Fine Old Traditions With New Twist

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After last year's successful launch, co-chairs Sarah and Sal are thrilled to be offering even more community activity.
Credit Courtesy/Dia Fort Wayne

Dia Fort Wayne is a spirited Dia de los Muertos celebration, held in downtown Fort Wayne, at the University of Saint Francis Performing Arts Center.

Though that translates to  "Day of the Dead," it's actually a celebration of life, and a time for everyone to remember their departed loved ones with a host of traditional customs.

Sarah's personal ofrenda shows how loved ones are welcomed to the altar.
Credit Courtesy/Dia Fort Wayne

And since the holiday itself, which originated in Mexico, coincides with Halloween, this festival shares the local spotlight with the city's annual celebration of  Fright Night.

For a look at its creative take on those very traditional roots, WBOI's Julia Meek invited festival co-chairs, Sal Soto and Sarah Ellsworth-Hoffman, into the studio to discuss its intended purposes and scope.

Event Information:

Dia Fort Wayne @ USF Performing Arts Center
Saturday, October 20th, 2018
Starting at 11:00am

Daytime events are free and open to the public. For a listing of daytime activities and all evening events, visit the Dia Fort Wayne website.