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Food for Thought: A Special Celebration for Day of the Dead

03/11/2022 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm


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You’re invited to Food for Thought: A Special Celebration for Day of the Dead with an exclusively cooked dinner followed by cake and drinks.

We’ve joined with top Birmingham visitor attraction Coffin Works and Itzatna Arts Collective to create this unique event.

Take a guided tour of the museum’s Stamp Room, discover how the Mexicans honour their ancestors, taste traditional festival foods, enjoy a film exploring the customs behind the annual ceremonies and join in a discussion on how we can honour our loved ones who have died.

Birmingham-based chef and visual artist Alfredo Hau of Itzatna Arts Collective will share the customs of his home village in the Mayan Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico and serve freshly made fare including Mucbipollo’ (a rich, earth-baked, Yucatecan chicken pie, with vegan and vegetarian options), corn dessert and mocktails.

A tradition which originated in Mexico but is now celebrated worldwide, Day of the Dead sees families joining together for a joyful celebration in which they remember friends and relatives who have died.

The evening will begin with a short guided tour of the Coffin Works Stamp Room. Discover the history of the Newman Brothers Coffin Works, a Jewellery Quarter firm which produced some of the world’s finest coffin furniture including the fittings for the funerals of Joseph Chamberlain, Winston Churchill and the Queen Mother.

Then you’re invited to dinner followed by a series of short films explaining the Yucatecan tradition of ‘Hanal Pixan’ (which translates as food for the souls).

The event concludes with a discussion over cakes and drinks facilitated by BrumYODO. We’ll look at what we can learn from the Day of the Dead and how we can celebrate people we have loved who have died.

Taking place in the café space at Coffin Works, Food for Thought – A Special Celebration for Day of the Dead takes place on Thursday 3 November between 6.30-8.30pm.

Tickets cost £25 including a two-course meal, with vegan and vegetarian options, with a mocktails followed by a choice of wine, beer, tea or coffee. Places are limited so book yours https://the-coffin-works.arttickets.org.uk/ today.


6:30 pm - 8:30 pm


The Coffin Works
13 - 15 Fleet Street
Birmingham, West Midlands B3 1JP United Kingdom
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