Save the Date: “Quema Del Diablo,” A Music and Arts Festival at the Joshua Tree Retreat Center – December 9th & 10th

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Traditionally held at the town square, the Quema Del Diablo, annual celebration is a modern day version of an old Guatemalan tradition – the burning of devil effigies at the year end. The event signifies the clearing of bad energy from the previous year, and “rising anew from the ashes.”

This year, there is a Quema Del Diablo Music and Art Festival that will be held at the Joshua Tree Retreat Center, where camping will be available for late night revelry. SO MUCH live music, multiple DJ’s, a marching band, fire performers, art installations, food, vendors, a desert art gallery and print studio, and much more fun is in store, all ending in a parade of devils before the big burn.

Check out some of the videos here! 

Headlining the event for music, will be Boston’s Dead Poet Society along with featured acts Lujuria, Dave Catching (Eagles of Death Metal) with a special dj set, and Joshua Tree’s own Jesika Von Rabbit, with Cartwheel Art contributor Lee Joseph.

Organizer of the event is gallery owner and silkscreen artist Rolo Castillo, a former Arts District resident. He is insuring the art exhibit includes a few well-known names from DTLA, including Emmeric Konrad, Matt Aston, and Tod Lychkoff. Also involved is Damon Robinson of Nomad, and Bad Otis Link, who has provided much of the festivals devil-inspired character.

From Rolo:

“This event is a great way for people to release whatever bugged them this year by bringing paper-mache sculptures or other effigies that can be burned in the ceremony. For years we celebrated this event in Pomona and people would always comment after about how cathartic the experience was for them.”

The event will also include fire performers IgNight Flow and will culminate in a large parade featuring amazing costumes and sculptures that will be part of Saturday night ‘s symbolic burning ceremony.


Proceeds from the event will help redevelop the Joshua Tree Retreat Center Farm.

Joshua Tree Retreat Center
59700 Twentynine Palms Highway,
Joshua Tree, CA 92252

Images courtesy of Arttrap

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