Arts at Oakland Presents: Persephone on May 20 at Historic Oakland Cemetery

On Saturday, May 20 mythology meets mausoleums at Arts at Oakland Presents: Persephone, Historic Oakland Foundation’s third annual arts event, featuring the work of Sanithna Phansavanh. Tickets are on sale now at Freshtix!

Arts at Oakland Presents: Persephone features ten life-size murals installed throughout Oakland Cemetery’s Victorian gardens, inspired by the Greek myth of Persephone. According to mythology Hades, god of the underworld, kidnapped Persephone to be his queen. Once a year – in spring – Persephone was permitted to visit the land of the living, and upon her return flowers would bloom. When Persephone went back to Hades in autumn and winter, the flowers died.

Improvisational music and movement collective Flight of Swallows will provide musical and dance accompaniment to Phansavanh’s work throughout the evening, with seven performances at Oakland Cemetery’s North Public Grounds.

Gates open at 6 p.m. and the exhibition closes at 10 p.m. Tickets are $18 in advance (plus fees and taxes) and $25 at the gate. A $75 Patron Pass includes admission for one, a limited-edition Persephone t-shirt, and access to an open bar and refreshments area.

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