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CELEBRATE THE DAY OF THE DEAD UNDER THE LEAKE STREET TUNNEL

Sadly this event has been cancelled in its entirety due to a suspected outbreak of norovirus at several of Wahaca’s branches. For further information see wahaca.co.uk

As part of Wahaca’s Day of the Dead celebrations at The Vaults, Waterloo’s world-famous street art location, Leake Street, will become a vibrant Mexican Dia de Muertos market with brightly coloured, traditional Mexican folk art and street food galore

Called The Land of the Remembered, the market will celebrate the lives of loved artists that have departed – David Bowie, Frida Kahlo, Prince and Juan Gabriel among others – featuring on specially commissioned flags by Murnau Den Linden. Mexico is known for its murals and street art, so the Leake Street tunnel under Waterloo Station – where Banksy staged the Cans Festival of street art in 2008 – is the perfect setting.

And in true Wahaca style, there’ll be plenty of street food available, from Wahaca’s Food Truck churning out freshly rolled burritos and its cheeky little brother, DF/Mexico, serving delicious tacos alongside London street food favourites Patty & Bun, Bob’s Lobster and Anna Mae’s Mac & Cheese. You can also sample some deadly Altos tequila Margaritas and light, refreshing Mexican beers Pacifico and Corona from the Olmeca Altos Bar in The Vaults, and even you get your face painted at their dedicated make-up-art and flower head-piece area.

There will be a Mexican arts and crafts market too with traditional sugar skulls, calavera jewellery, pan de muerto (a type of sweet roll traditionally baked during these times, known as ‘dead bread’ in the US), and exclusive prints from the finest UK-based Mexican artists.

Do check out MexArt‘s stall, full of brightly coloured alebrijes (Mexican folk art sculptures of fantastical creatures carved by master craftsmen in the Mexican state of Oaxaca – pictured below).

The Land of the Remembered will really come to life on Saturday afternoon, when the Leake Street stage comes to life with live music and exclusive talks on contemporary Mexico’s gastronomy, arts, culture and members of the Mexican community reading traditional ‘calaveritas’ (Mexican Day of the Dead poetry), as well as performances from London-based Latin American musical artists Adrian Garcia, Gizmo Varillas and Rokola.

Oh and don’t miss the breath-taking parade by London collective Shotgun Carousel accompanied by Brighton’s finest brass maestros, The Voodoo Love Orchestra, at 7.30pm on Thursday and Friday, and 2.30pm, 4.30pm and 7.30pm on Saturday.

If you want more, check out Wahaca’s Day of the Dead celebrations at The Vaults, with immersive theatre, an electrifying Lucha Libre spectacle, a Mezcal-rave-yard and more (tickets £25, over 18s only).

The Land of the Remembered Mexican Market takes place at Leake Street, Waterloo SE1 7NN from 3-5 November 2016 (6pm-10pm Thursday to Friday; 12noon-10pm Saturday). Entrance is free. See wahacadotd.co.uk

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