For the first time, authentic Lucha Libre – Mexican Wrestling – will power into Canberra as part of the Day of the Dead Fiesta on Saturday 4 November.

Spanish for ‘free fight’, Lucha Libre is an athletic form of entertainment based on a portrayal of a combat sport.  Mexican wrestling is characterised by colourful masks, rapid sequences of holds and manoeuvres, as well as ‘high flying’ moves.  The Rudos (bad guys) take on the Technicos (good guys) in an acrobatic battle tinged with cabaret. It’s one hell of a show!

The Day of the Dead Fiesta is in its 6th year and is a community celebration of Latin America and multicultural music, dance, food and art.

The Day of the Dead will be held over two venues, the Ainslie Arts Centre from 1.00pm to 8.00pm, and at the Harmonie German Club from 8.00pm until late.

The Ainslie Arts Centre will feature a line-up including The New Monos, passionate dancers of tango and rumba; Nativosoul, who mix soul reggae with psychedelic Peruvian jams; Kallidad, the Masked Mariachis of instrumental flamenco; and locals Los Chavos performing Latin Ska.

The event also features a special all-ages Lucha Libre demonstration and photo sessions for all under 18s and families.

The live music finishes at 8.00pm, then it’s on to the Harmonie German Club for the main night event of authentic Lucha Libre until late.  There will also be a shuttle service between venues.

Check out the Day of the Dead Facebook page for more details.