Duluth All Souls Night back for 16th year

Duluth All Souls Night is a multicultural arts festival which is all about acknowledging and transforming grief, a universal experience.

Founding Director Mary Plaster started this event 16 years ago. It began as a an art exhibit closing reception which just so happened to take place on the Mexican holiday ‘Dia de Los Muertos’ which the event draws inspiration from.

“I was familiar of that tradition back then because I lived in Mexico for four years, and I always preferred it to Halloween,” Mary told the The Lift..

“Because it’s family oriented, and it’s about honor ancestors. Just a lot of really good things I would like to see grow in this community.”

The festival features poetry, dancing, a giant 17ft skeleton puppets, stilt walking, and music.

The Duluth art pop Band ‘Sadkin’ is back to play its second year of the festival.

Band member Max Mileski says, “I asked Mary this year if we could bring out little light show with us. It’s something we spend a lot of time and great care choreographing. So I will hope it will bring a new element to the train museum.”

All Souls Night is Saturday evening at the Lake Superior Railroad Museum.

Lake Superior Railroad Museum
4:30 p.m. Oasis del Norte food truck, Face Painting, Open Mic
5:30 p.m. Poetry Slam, Performances by Northern Lights Aerial Studio
6:30 p.m. Ceremony
6:45 p.m. Funeral March for Rotten Ideas
Downtown Library Outdoor Plaza
7 p.m. Spiral Dance, The Embassy Projections, & Rotten Ideas Burn
7:30 p.m. Spin Collective Fire Dances
8 p.m. Procession w/ 17’ Max Skeleton & The Boys Back Home, street brass
Lake Superior Railroad Museum
8:15 p.m. Closing Ceremony
8:30 p.m. Sadkin musical performance