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La Feria Festival returns to celebrate Latin culture in Liverpool

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La Feria Festival returns to celebrate Latin culture in Liverpool
La Feria Festival Credit: Hamilton de Holanda

Luma Creations has announced the return of the La Feria Festival for its 6th year in Liverpool, showcasing the vibrant and diverse culture of Latin America.

For an entire week, La Feria will transform the city with music, dance, theatre, art, and food, offering an immersive experience into Latin culture.

This year’s festival features a spectacular lineup of events and activities, highlighting the cultural tapestry of Latin America.

Attendees can enjoy performances by award-winning artists from Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Mexico, Peru, and Venezuela.

Credit: Ephemeral Ensemble
Credit: Ephemeral Ensemble

Explore the Reclama Exhibition from Ecuador, documenting the heritage of Afro-descendant and Black women in Esmeraldas Province. This informative exhibition delves into themes of religious and spiritual practices, food and gastronomy, and aesthetics and celebrates the many diverse aspects of their collective heritage.

Performed by Ephemeral Ensemble, La Feria will present a limited showing of the critically acclaimed “REWIND,” a multi-award-winning theatre piece that combines music, movement, puppetry, and innovative lighting to tell the intimate story of Alicia, a young woman who dared to resist authoritarianism.

Two consecutive evenings of live performances will feature some of the most acclaimed Latin American musicians, guaranteed to leave audiences truly mesmerised. Experience the dynamic talents of Nano Stern, a Chilean artist who is a leading figure in contemporary South American songwriting. As a multi-instrumentalist, singer, and composer, Nano Stern’s work seamlessly blends roots music, folk, rock, jazz, trova, and musical experimentation, creating a captivating and extraordinary sound.

Credit: Nano Stern
Credit: Nano Stern

That same evening Liverpool will be transported by Marta Gomez, a Colombian singer-songwriter who flawlessly combines a musical blend of jazz and Latin-American folk rhythms. Her music, influenced by legendary figures such as Violeta Parra, Mercedes Sosa, and Carol King, presents a rich medley of colours and tones that emanate beautifully from her guitar.

The excitement continues the following evening with Hamilton de Holanda, a virtuoso Brazilian musician whose brilliance and uniqueness have earned him multiple Latin Grammys. Hamilton’s performances span continents and genres, from Jazz at Lincoln Center to symphony orchestras and rock/pop festivals worldwide, making him a star in Brazil and beyond. His innovative improvisations and compositions are sure to inspire and enchant audiences.

Latin American Street Fiesta and Taste of Latin America are both free events that celebrate the wealth of diversities and awe-inspiring cultures of the continent. Enjoy captivating performances by local and national musicians and dancers, including Luma Creation’s dance group, showcasing a variety of traditional pieces.

Audiences at 'A Taste of Latin America' in 2023
Audiences at ‘A Taste of Latin America’ in 2023

Dance groups from across the country including Colibri Mexican Folkloric Dance Group will also join the celebration, offering their interpretations of Latin dance styles. These performances are expressive and full of emotion, featuring surprises and opportunities for everyone to participate in group dances. Beyond music and dance, sample a variety of delicious Latin American cuisines, from savoury street food to famous traditional dishes. Engage in workshops and activities suitable for all ages, incorporating themes of sustainability, arts, and crafts.

The resident DJ for both dates will be our very own DJ Muvelo from Costa Rica. Don’t miss this chance to immerse yourself in the lively atmosphere and exuberant cultural heritage of Latin America, where every moment promises to be filled with joy and celebration!

Credit: Lokandes Tropical
Credit: Lokandes Tropical

For those who love to party, the festival offers a chance to dance the night away at Fiesta Latina. With live performances by psychedelic cumbia fusion band Lokandes Tropical and an electrifying mix of Latin beats from DJ Jose Luis. This vibrant dance party promises to keep the energy high and the spirits soaring as you groove non-stop to the upbeat rhythms. Whether you’re a seasoned dancer or just looking to have fun, immerse yourself in an unforgettable night of music and dance.

La Feria Festival will be hosted in some of Liverpool’s most iconic venues, including St George’s Hall, an exquisite Neoclassical Grade I listed building; The Bluecoat, the oldest surviving building in central Liverpool rich in cultural history; District, located in the heart of The Baltic Triangle and one of the first venues to call this vibrant cultural hub its home; Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, one of the oldest concert-giving organisations in the world; Castle Street, a bustling gastronomy hub with Liverpool Town Hall as its backdrop; and Sefton Park Palm House, an iconic Victorian glasshouse home to beautiful plants from around the globe, including many from Latin America.

Produced by Luma Creations, La Feria Festival is your ultimate chance to explore, enjoy, and immerse yourself in the richly diverse culture of Latin America. Mark your calendars and join us in celebrating the vibrant tapestry of dynamic diversity this festival brings to Liverpool. This event you won’t want to miss!

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