Metropole Market’s Mexican Inspired ‘Day of the Dead’ Celebration Returns

Back by popular demand, the theme of Lansdowne’s next Metropole Street Market will be a ‘Day of the Dead’ themed fiesta taking place on Sunday 28th October

Lansdowne’s popular street market is dead-set on returning for its last outing of the year with a ‘Day of the Dead’ theme on Sunday 28th October. Based on the traditional ‘Dias de Los Muertos’ Mexican celebration of the ancestors, Metropole’s ‘Day of the Dead’ was one of the most popular themes of last year’s exciting series of street markets.

Organisers are reprising the theme for October’s market in response to the popularity of last year’s event and overwhelming requests from market-goers. This year it hopes that more people than ever will dress up for the colourful celebration of life and death and join in the interactive ‘Dias De Los Meurtos’ processions taking place at 12.15 pm and 2.15 pm. Thrillingly captivating musicians, Skull Drummers, along with children from First Position School of Dance are back to lead this year’s vibrant march down Holdenhurst Road.

Each Metropole Market features an eclectic mix of stalls selling local produce, vintage clothes, arts and crafts, and street food from around the world. Matching the Day of the Dead theme, the next market will also feature scintillating Mexican inspired street entertainment and Latin musical performances. This will include Bournemouth-based 6-piece Band, Salsappeal, playing infectiously toe-tapping and rhythmic Salsa beats. Returning entertainers to October’s market also include steam punk band, Atlantico, plus talented young artist, Grace.

Lyn Turnbull, one of the main organisers of Metropole Market, said:

“Last year the Day of the Dead theme seemed to really capture people’s imagination. Lots of stall holders and market goers got into the spirit of the event – hundreds dressed up and clearly put a lot of effort into their costumes. We’re hoping for an even better response this time – especially as it’s the last Metropole Market of the year.”

Metropole Market is funded by Bournemouth Town Centre BID and takes place along the whole of Holdenhurst Road, closed to traffic for the duration of the event. It was introduced as a way of encouraging more custom to the Lansdowne area of the town and showcasing its many diverse, unique and independent shops and restaurants. It regularly attracts over 10,000 visitors.

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