We are passionate about diffusing Latin culture in all its diversity. Part of that means showcasing amazing latin artists to people who might never choose to go to A Latin event, and it’s also the reason why we send inspiring Latin american artists into schools to perform and teach children about our music, dances, arts and cultures. Here are a few of the things we've been doing in the weeks running up to each festival:
we took las hermanas Garcia, two teenage bolero sensations from mexico, to coleridge primary.
“I’ve been teaching in the school for many years and it was the first time my pupils saw any music from the region in Mexico I come from. the children were mesmerised by their beautiful boleros and were queuing up to get autograPhs like they were superstars. the children saw me in a different light afterwards... I was not just foreign, they could put me in a context of beauty and art, and I felt somehow they had more respect for me.”
Sonia damian, coleridge head of spanish
we senT one of the UK’s leading Tango teachers, into Coleridge primary school for 6 weeks to teach children the art of tango.
“Raquel Greenberg came to teach six Tango sessions for children in Years 4, 5 and 6. Raquel was brilliant with the children and they really enjoyed the opportunity to learn Tango and then perform it…” Rebecca Godfrey, head of dance, Coleridge Primary
Marco Santana, the charismatic batucada leader behind Tribo, spent 6 weeks in rokesly primary school creating a samba group who perfromed on the day.
royal ballet dancer fernando montaño gave an assembply to 200 primary school children...
He recounted his amazing story of how he came from buena aventura, one of colombia's most poverty stricken areas and most affected by violence, to become a principal dancer at the royal ballet.the highlight was when fernando taught a group of children a special dance choreography based on the moves of footballers, which they performed on the day of the festival.
"it was wonderful to see so many children, their parents and friends enjoying a taste of Latin culture and dance on a Saturday afternoon in London, especially in these challenging times.
I had seen the children rehearse at their school and knew how enthusiastic they were but it made me very happy to see how their faces lit up when they watched me perform close up.
I think they were able to understand why we have to train so hard. They also had a lot of fun when they joined me to dance. I hope that maybe some them may want to start lessons and become a dancer of the future!”
we sent Fadi, one of the UK’s leading salsa teachers, into another local school to teach the children the wonders of Salsa dancing for six weeks. At the end of this they were rewarded with a trip to see the Latin musical ‘In the Heights’ written by Lin-Manuel Miranda.
WE gave children at Park View School in haringey dj workshops.
"The DJ session with the kids was amazing. The students enjoyed it so much, some of them are still talking about it. Jose Luis was outstanding with the children and has definitely inspired some into DJing, as a hobby and even some as future careers.” Idalina Figueira de Abreu, Head of languages.
we gave an assembly at highgate wood secondary school, to encourage kids to take up language learning:
“Amaranta's talk about her experiences and her work brings languages to life for lots of children at a time when sadly there is little funding or focus on languages in the educational system.” Jess Taylor, school governor, Highgate Wood Secondary
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