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Latin America Music on Wheels

You know how in the movies, we are shown scenes were people walk into Latin American communities and there’s a ton of colour, excitement and most importantly music playing on the streets?

Well….  the City of Vancouver has given us the ability to put out Music Bands all over the city! , Youth music bands, from different nationalities, will have the opportunity to perform Latin music on the streets. Latin Music on Wheels offers a unique opportunity for young people from different cultures to actively engage with music and to gain experience performing in different, fun, and exciting environments.

It will go from  June 10- June 24, all over Vancouver! So make sure to share your experiences with us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and even Snapchat by tagging or mentioning us by #carnavaldelsolyvr .

This is one of the many activities we have planned out for you! So make sure to follow and suscribe to our channels!

 

 

Maria Fe Velasquez 

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May 22, 2017
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Urban Latin Plaza

Hola Amigos,

What would the world be without Art or Culture? It’s somewhat easy to imagine nowadays; we are constantly looking at our phones and not noticing the beautiful and exciting world we have outside. From taking a run through Stanley Park and disregarding iHearts Street Art to ignoring the amazing diverse festivals we have around the city.

Nevertheless, we do have new forms of creativity that a few years back we wouldn’t have even thought about. People are creating new structures, designs, machines etc, and we are in awe of their brilliant minds. Art can come in different forms and Vancouver is one of the few cities that allows these new forms of art to exist and prosper.

This year, one of our many plaza’s at Carnaval del Sol will focus on art and culture. The Urban Latin Plaza will take place on both the 8th and 9th of July and we’re excited to show the huge amount of creativity that our artists have for all of you! From abstract paintings to fantastically documented photography; there will be everything to entertain and challenge your artistic interpretations.

In the meantime, show us what you’d hope to see! Some Latin flavour perhaps? Photographs of Latin American cities? Maybe Street Art interpreting Latin culture? Comment below and tell us more about your ideas!

We hope to see you there!

 

 

Maria Fe Velasquez 

 

 

 

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May 14, 2017
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A Latin Plaza

Everyday, we are constantly at work into making our communities better. No matter who we are, where we come from, we are always using our roots to fortify and showcase our culture  to the world. Especially, when our culture is very much different from the one we are living in.

As  visitors, tourists, immigrants, residents and citizens it our duty to respect the place we live in, educate people about our history and together, work to form a fusion of knowledge and culture, so that we can have a diverse and developed society.

Latincouver, the Plaza where Latinos and Vancouverite’s meet, was created in 2008 by Paola Murillo and a group of friends. Which then, brought us the joy of having our very own Carnaval del Sol!.  The first Carnaval was launched in 2009 in Vancouver at the Hellenic Community. Since then our Events have been getting bigger and better and we have all of you to thank!

We can’t wait for July and we sure hope that all of you can come and join the fun! We will be having a whole week full of amazing events including (but not only!) , Fiesta Blanca, Flamenco Tango and Wine and Carnaval del Sol!

Have a fantastic week everyone!

Maria Fe Velasquez 

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May 01, 2017
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Musica

Hola Amigos!

Last week we talked about dances around Latin America and the history behind Flamenco and Tango in particular. This week we’re talking about music.

As we all know, Latin music is full of rhythm, sensuality and character. We have different types of music like “Boléros” and “Salsa” as well as “Festejo” and “Lambada”. They are all from different parts of Latin America, and have no doubt, they will have you dancing, in no time!

This time, let’s focus on Cuba. This country in the Caribbean has a varied amount of music; singers ranging from the amazing and well known Celia Cruz to the famous compilation of Cuban musicians making up Buena Vista Social Club. Also, for all you #Daleisthewayoflife fans, yes Pitbull is also in the notorious Cuban singers list!

Cubans have an enormous amount of talent in their hands. There is a whole lot of history making up their beautiful music and whats interesting is, that a big part of it comes from a gathering of cultures, including African, European and Spanish.

It’s amazing what diversity does to a country! Not only making it a more joyful place but also raising talent and music to its highest point!

Have a good week everyone!

Maria Fe Velasquez

 

 

 

 

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Apr 24, 2017
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Flamenco, Tango and Wine

Hola Amigos!,

Dancing is an expression of our emotions, it can show happiness and calmness, joy and passion and surprisingly enough sadness as well.

Us Latino’s, are known to have rhythm running through our veins. From Luis Miguel’s “Cuando Calienta el Sol” to ChiChi Peralta’s “Procura”, we’ve heard and danced it all. Doesn’t matter where we are, what we are doing, if we are in the middle of the road, it doesn’t matter! As soon as “Suavemente” comes up on our playlist, our inner Drake comes out, and sooner, rather than later you realize you’re in the condiment aisle at the supermarket and your using the salt and pepper as shakers…

Our traditional dances hold a lot of joy to them, but most importantly, they hold history and culture.

Flamenco is a dance estimated to be 200 years’ old. It is known to be a form of art, made up by the distinct and different cultures present in Andalucía, especially the Romanian population and Spanish culture. Flamenco is composed by “cante”, which is singing, “toque” the playing of the guitar, “baile”, dance, “jaleo”, known as the vocalizations used during the performances, “palmas”, handclapping and finally “pitos” which is the finger snapping. This is a beautiful dance that contributes to Spain’s history, culture and traditions.

In Argentina and Uruguay, we have Tango, a passionate and sensual dance originally from Rio de Plata. There are different types of tango that exist; Tango Vals, Tango Liso etc. It is said to have been created around the 1880s and was known to be a type of fusion of African and European culture.

These are only two examples of the varied number of dances in Latin culture.

On July 5th 2017 at the Roundhouse Community Centre, there will be a “Flamenco, Tango and Wine” Night. Be sure to come celebrate and dance with us then!!

Maria Fe Velasquez

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Apr 12, 2017
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Latin American Food

Hola Amigos!,

This week we’re talking about food! YES! Amazing, delicious and good for the soul, food!

It’s amazing how popular gastronomy has grown to be. We have food channels, cooking competitions and shows, that not only demonstrate the endless of options we can eat, but also the fantastic approach chefs try, by using every component of their dishes in order to produce a beautiful canvas.

Nowadays, we’re constantly on the lookout for new restaurants and secret little hubs that will grasp our appetite and leave us wanting for more.

Nevertheless, we do have a problem. There is this idea that Latin American food is only margaritas, nachos and guacamole.

Now, don’t get me wrong #guacamoleislife and nachos are amazing BUT, Latin America is so much more than that.

We have so much history and culture that go into out dishes! An example of this is, “Pachamanca”, the food of the Incas. The word comes from Quechua, “pacha”, meaning earth and “manka” meaning pot. This is a Peruvian dish consisting of using the earth as a hot oven.

This dish existed since the beginning of the Inca Empire and the Inca’s used food in important religious ceremonies. Something to keep in mind is that “Pachamama” is the name given to mother earth and it represents fertility and life. By cooking under the earth, this represents the interaction between “mother” which is the earth, and “son” which is the produce. This type of cooking is known in other Latin American countries like Ecuador. In Chile and Argentina, on the other hand, its known as “Curanto”.

If you’re more of a sweet tooth, then you’ll enjoy Guatemala’s traditional desserts. In the 1500s the use of cane sugar become popular in Guatemala. These sweets were mainly made by Capuchin Nuns in the Convent of Santa Clara in Antigua, just 40 min from the capital city. They would make the candies behind the church walls and sell them to the people in the town. The would use their revolving doors as they were not allowed to be seen inside or even outside of the convent by anyone. Candies like “Canillas de Leche”(milk legs), “Colochos de Guayaba” (guava curls), “Huevos Chimbo” (candied eggs) are some of the many popular ones.

Maria Fe Velasquez

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Mar 29, 2017
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What is a more colourful, exciting and musical place to go to, than a festival?!

Hola Amigos!,

What is a more colourful, exciting and musical place to go to, than a festival?! Festivals around the world are amazing events that allow people to come together from different places and enjoy a day or even a week of multiculturalism.

Doesn’t matter where you’re from, how old you are or what you believe in; a festival will always welcome you in.

During the first months of the year, countries celebrate different events; Brazil’s famous “Carnival di Rio” goes from the 24 th to the 28 th of February! Amazing dancers, rhythmical Samba and vibrant costumes parade at the Sambodromo and around the streets of Rio.

Nevertheless, the carnival isn’t only in Rio. Many cities around Brazil, such as Florianopolis, Ouro Prieto and Recife are some of the many filled with music and one of a kind performance’s, it never disappoints!

Equally as impressive is the well-known Carnaval de Veracruz in Mexico. It takes place halfway through February for a week and is famous for not only the food but the parades, concerts and performances! It’s an incredible experience that leaves you dancing all the way till the end of the festival. These are just a few examples of up-beat carnivals. And what better than to live in Vancouver, that hosts amazing carnivals and festivals, filled with such a variety of cultures that come together to form a beautiful city like this one!

Maria Fe Velasquez

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Mar 16, 2017
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