Exhibition Festival de Barriletes: Exhibition

NIC Festival de Barriletes Exhibition © Goethe-Institut

Sat, 03/26/2022 -
Tue, 05/31/2022

Goethe-Institut LA Project Space


This exhibition is part of the Neighborhood Interpretive Center, a hyperlocal initiative of cultural programs that focus on and uplift the MacArthur Park/Westlake neighborhood and surrounding areas.

For the past four years, on November 1st, All Saints' Day, giant kites have been created and installed at MacArthur Park as part of the annual Festival de Barriletes LA. Through kites inspired by Maya communities, art, and traditions, the festival seeks to commemorate and amplify the struggles of people whose lives have been lost to various forms of state violence. This exhibition presents a selection of kites that were created for the earlier editions of the Festival de Barriletes LA.

At the Goethe-Institut, writer, artist, and educator Byron Jose will lead a series of English-language immersion training and kite construction workshops for Maya children and im/migrant youth displaced in the MacArthur Park area.  Participants will acquire language skills, learn about indigenous communities in Guatemala, and how they celebrate this day to honor and send messages to their dead through giant colorful kites. The Goethe-Institut Project space will serve as the venue for the kite building workshops and a series of events leading up to the 5th annual festival.
The exhibition can be viewed at the following times:

During Office Hours: March 26th, 2022 - May 31st, 2022
                                    Monday–Thursday: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
                                    Friday: 10:00 am – 3:00 pm 

Admission is free. Face covering/masks required for all visitors.