what they say
IN FEBRUARY 2022, LATINOLIFE IN THE PARK was chosen as one of Europe’s 10 'best practice' festivals. FestSpace, aN Eu-FUNDED research project involving 5 EUROPEAN cities, selccted it as THE ONLY UK EVENT to be PART OF it's"Inclusive Festival Design Guide."
“Latinolife in the park woke up the haringey community and was an amazing sight to behold. It gave those familiar with Latin America a taste of what they may have missed, and others an experience they will never, ever forget. It brought the park to life. There was something for everyone to enjoy. As the sun set, people reluctantly left.... but with the hope that they will have more, next year.” sarah jones, head of events, haringey council
“the festival has filled a painful void in our community.It brought together people who had been at war with each other previously. Being able to celebrate our culture made us forget our differences and it provided us with an unforgettable opportunity. and What sets it apart is its engagement with and inclusion of young UK 2nd generation latinos”
Mirca Morera, Save Latin Village.
“I just happened to be walking through the park and it was extraordinary; the vibe was super relaxed, there were things happening everywhere, from elders dancing in their folk costumes, to feathered samba dancers, and then what looked like just improvised groups with a sound system dancing in the middle of the path. People of all ages, shapes and colours! It was crazy...but in the best possible way!” local resident (twitter post)
“It was so good to see this free event with no high walls to keep people out to help promoters make a packet. I was in the park the next morning and everything was cleared up and ready for use.” local resident twitter
”It looked so relaxed, like it had always been here. Finsbury Park is La Clave’s natural home.” local resident on twitter
“latinolife in the Park is fun, free, family-orientated and with minimal impact on our park - practically a model event. We hope it returns." Clive Carter and Tom Graham, Co-Chairs, The Friends of Finsbury Park
“a bonafide family day event and the antidote to the Wireless Festival at Finsbury Park" local resident on twitter
“I’ve never been to a free park festival this good, it was completely original, there are not many festivals you can take the kids to whilst enjoying great culture.” festival attendee (via online survey)
"we were bowled over at how great it was. Events of this calibre really contribute to creating a sense of belonging." 2nq, local community group
“I couldn’t believe it when I saw what was going on. I had no idea about it before. I have lived here for 3 years and have never seen something like this in London. It was something wonderful to see my culture on show. I suddenly felt at home and among friends and that my culture mattered.” Douglas Veloso, Brazilian resident in London
“I loved the fact that there was a football tournament going on right in the middle of the festival and that didn't semm in any way strange. The kids were super concentrated in their matches, with salsa playing in the background, just as if we were in Latin America." local resident, twitter post