Vampires and voodoo at Richland College Arts Fest

Richland College invites you to sink your teeth into “Bitten,” the 2013 Richland Arts Fest, Oct. 14-17.

Explore the cultural and artistic side of death and the supernatural through “Bitten.” The festival celebrates the traditions and beliefs of cultures including Mexico, the Caribbean and New Orleans.

Unearth the truth about the real-life monsters that formed the vampire myth in folklore. See the legend begin in cinema through classic vampire horror films, “Nosferatu” and “Vampyr.” Search for hidden, one-of-a-kind, handmade tumblers in the Cup of Blood Scavenger Hunt.

Journey farther into “Bitten” by learning about the spiritual, historical and artistic aspects of voodoo, a unique religion that gives Louisiana its special flavor.

Listen to the macabre melodies of Richland College’s Steel Band, Orchestra and Jazz Band. Feel the “vampire’s kiss” by giving blood at the Bitten Blood Drive by Carter BloodCare.

Embody the colors and traditions of Mexico by having your face painted in the style of calavera candy skulls used during the Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) holiday. Make your own mask of the living dead.

Watch in horror as “Mourn the Monster,” a New Orleans-style jazz funeral parade, erupts into a vampire flash mob.

Experience the undead with the world premiere of “Fire & Blood,” a musical by Andy Long and Adam C. Wright. This haunting re-imagining of Bram Stoker’s “Dracula” is set in modern day New Orleans. “Fire & Blood” is recommended for mature audiences. Admission is free.

“Bitten” is a collaboration of several areas of study within Richland College’s School of Humanities, Fine and Performing Arts, including music, dance, art, ceramics, history and theatre.

Visit www.richlandcollege.edu/bitten for specific times and locations of “Bitten” events. Richland College is located at 12800 Abrams Road in Dallas.