¡VAMOS! Festival 2010 Newcastle UK

14/05/2010 at 9:51 pm 1 comment

¡VAMOS! Festival 2010
Latin & Lusophone Festival
2-11 July 2010
Newcastle and Gateshead, United Kingdom


¡VAMOS! Festival returns from 2-11 July 2010 bringing Latin spirit to the North East with events celebrating the culture and vibrancy of Latin and Lusophone (Portuguese speaking) cultures.

¡VAMOS! Festival 2010 will host exciting events across Newcastle, Gateshead, Middlesbrough and North Tyneside.  The ten action packed days include live contemporary and traditional Latin music, lively dance performances, vibrant visual art exhibitions, authentic Latin cuisine and outdoor picnics, enlightening talks and thought provoking discussions.

The Cinema and Film Focus includes:

The Mexican Revolution in cinema is celebrated at the Tyneside Cinema in a series of films marking the centenary of the 1910 Revolution. As part of ¡VAMOS! on Sunday 4 July the Tyneside will screen El Tren Fantasma, by Gabriel Garcia Moreno, one of only a few films made independently in the 1920s after the revolution, when the Mexican film industry was in disarray. This silent feature will include live musical accompaniment.

In partnership with Instituto Camões in Newcastle, ¡VAMOS! presents films by Kiluanje Liberdade (Angola) and Inês Gonçalves (Portugal) looking at the tensions between Angolan and Portuguese diaspora, screened at Great North Museum, Hancock.  The films present portraits of ordinary people, progressing through music in Luanda: Factory of Music on (Monday 5 July); trapped in Other Neighbourhoods (Tuesday 6 July); and talking about using imagination as a survival tactic in Hope the Pitanga Cherries Grow (Thursday 7 July).   A special screening of Raising Daniela, a short documentary following the lives of three generations of Colombian women as they settle in London and prepare to visit Colombia again, can be seen in the Hershel Building, Newcastle University at 12.30 on Wednesday 5 July.

A special screening of ‘Only When I Dance’ a real life film following dancers with prodigal talent from one of Rio’s most violent favelas will be screened in an inspiring night at CultureLab focused on dance on Tuesday 6 July.  Members Danza Contemporeanea de Cuba will perform an exclusive and intimate brand new performance and will be in discussion alongside company and artistic director Miguel Iglesias Ferrer and balletLORENT artistic director Liv Lorent.

Favela on Blast at The Star and Shadow on Thursday 8 July is a documentary, directed and produced by internationally renowned DJ, Diplo and Leandro Hbl, looking at ‘Baile Funk’, an energetic, underground music from the favelas of Rio de Janeiro. It mixes bombastic rhythms with powerful rap vocals in Brazilian slang which talk about life in Rio’s favelas; sex, love, poverty, violence, pride and aspirations, giving this once marginalized community a voice. The film features interviews with some of the Baile Funk‚ movement’s leading DJs and MCs; DJ Marlboro (who DJed at VAMOS! 2006) and Sany Pitbull give an insight into the subculture itself. This is the film’s only second UK Screening before a massive music and film launch tour later in the year, starting in Sao Paulo.

Lucha Libre (Mexican Wrestling by masked wrestlers) is a cultural institution in working class Mexico. The Star and Shadow Cinema in Byker will feature live wrestling by masked wrestlers, the British premiere of two Mexican wrestling films, Los Campoenes de la Lucha Libre and Santo Vs The Martians and live music from Senor Beatnik and The Coyotemen on Friday 9 July 2010, 7.30pm, tickets £7.50.

See the full ¡VAMOS! Festival programme online and sign-up to the ¡VAMOS! Newsletter for updates at www.vamosfestival.com, join our group on facebook or follow us on twitter.

¡VAMOS! is delivered by ¡VAMOS! Festival Limited and is supported by the National Lottery, through Arts Council England, North East, (www.artscouncil.org.uk), Newcastle University, Newcastle City Council, Gateshead Council, Northern Rock Foundation, Instituto Cervantes, Instituto Camões and the Mexico Embassy.

Notes for the Editor
For more information and access to the ¡VAMOS! Image library contact Cait Read on 07811 320447 or email vamospr@googlemail.com

Please credit James Postlethwaite for photography wherever possible.

Film Listings at VAMOS Festival

El Tren Fantasma,
Tyneside Cinema,
Sunday 4th July, 4pm, tickets £9/10
Tyneside Cinema, 10 Pilgrim Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 6QG.
As Mexico emerged from the violence of the Revolution in the 1920s, Mexican film production remained sporadic and in disarray. During this period, Gabriel Garcia Moreno was among a handful filmmakers struggling against the odds to establish regional film industries. El Tren Fantasma is the second of three silent features that he produced independently in Orizaba. As do his other films, this crime thriller displays the influence of popular Hollywood action genres, and the director’s masterful knowledge of silent film technique. It features leading man Carlos Villatoro as Adolfo Mariel,
an engineer dedicated to foiling a gang of notorious train thieves.

Screening includes live musical accompaniment.


Dance Event at Culture Lab
Tuesday 6th July, 7pm,
£7 advance Culture Lab, Newcastle University, Grand Assembly Rooms, King’s Walk,  NE1 7RU. Telephone: 0191 2464646.
An inspiring night focused on dance featuring an exclusive and intimate brand new performance by members of the Contemporánea De Cuba who are one of the most exciting dance companies in the world right now.  Q+A session with members of the company and artistic director Miguel Iglesias Ferrer chaired by Liv Lorent (Artistic Director of balletLORENT). Special film screening of Only When I Dance an inspiring true tale of prodigious talent and the fine line between success and failure.


Raising Daniela
(Dir. Ximena Cordova, UK, 2005)
Wednesday 7th July Raising Daniela  film screening, 12.30pm, FREE ENTRY Curtis Auditorium,
Herschel Building, Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 7RU.
Millions of Colombians are displaced due to economics and the difficult circumstances at home as a result of war, drug-trafficking and international politics. Daniela, her Mother and Grandmother came to Britain as asylum seekers and we meet them at the point when they receive their passports stamped with their permits to stay. This documentary by shows them making London their home, and as members of a close-knit Colombian community, focusing on a generation of Latin children being raised in Britain.

Favela on Blast
Thursday 8th July doors 7.00pm, film 7.30pm,
£4/3 +£1 one-off membership. Star and Shadow Cinema, Stepney Bank,  Newcastle upon Tyne. NE1 2NP.        Telephone: 0191 261 0066.
Dir. and Prod: Wesley Pentz (Diplo) and Leandro Hbl,
15 (guidance) 2008. 84 mins, Brazil, Portuguese with English subtitles.  This documentary, produced by Diplo, looks at ‘Baile Funk’, an energetic, underground music from the favelas of Rio de Janeiro. It mixes bombastic rhythms with powerful rap vocals in Brazilian slang which talk about life in Rio’s favelas; sex, love, poverty, violence, pride and aspirations, giving this once marginalized community a voice.  The film features interviews with some of the ‚ ‘Baile Funk’ movement’s leading DJs and MCs; DJ Marlboro and Sany Pitbull give an insight into the subculture itself. Baile Funk has since exploded out of the favelas and onto the world’s music scene.


Films by Kiluanje Liberdade and Inês Gonçalves
In association with Instituto Camões
Great North Museum
Barras Bridge

Monday 5 July, 6pm, Luanda Factory of Music
Tuesday 6 July, 6pm, Other Neighbourhoods
Thursday 7 July, 6pm, Hope the Pitanga Cherries Grow

These films with the inherent tension between Angolan and Portuguese diaspora presenting portraits of ordinary people, able to self express and in Luanda Factory of Music, progress through their music Kuduro. In Other Neigbourhoods they are trapped between where they are from and currently are, but not where they belong. Finally in Hope Pitangas Cherries Grow characters talk about their lives and how imagination is shown as a crucial survival tactic.


Mexican Cinema at Tyneside Cinema

As part of the build up to the VAMOS Festival and to mark the centenary of the Mexican Revolution, the Tyneside Cinema will be screening three films that deal with the revolution in very different ways. The season is supported by the Embassy of Mexico in the UK, the Instituto Mexicano de Cinematografia (IMCINE) and Filmoteca UNAM.
Flor Silvestre (PG)
Sunday 20th June, 3pm
Director: Emilio Fernandez Mexico 1943. 94 mins. The Revolution and it’s turbulent legacy provide the setting for a tragic love story between the daughter of a peasant family and the son of a wealthy landowner. It is directed by the most celebrated filmmaker of the Golden Age of Mexican Cinema with the great stylist of back and white imagery, cinematographer Gabriel Figueroa.
Reed: Insurgent Mexico / Reed: Mexico insurgente (15)
Sunday 27th June, 6pm
Director: Paul Leduc
Mexico 1973. 105 mins.
A groundbreaking fictionalised biography of American radical, US Communist Party founder and journalist John Reed, who ended up joining the revolutionary troops after being dispatched to report on Pancho Villa. Filmed in evocative sepia tone, this innovative docu-fiction recreates in dramatic detail Reed’s transformation from journalist and spectator to participant and revolutionary.

Juan, I Forgot I Don’t Remember / Del Olvido al no me Acuerdo (12A)
Wednesday 30th June, 3pm
Director: Juan Carlos Rulfo Mexico. 1999. 75 mins. Acclaimed testimonial filmmaker Juan Carlos Rulfo attempts to investigate his father, a legendary novelist whose traumatic past surfaced in fictions marked by the violence of the
Revolution and it’s memories.

Tickets: £7.50/£6.50. To book telephone 0845 217 9909 or go online at www.tynesidecinema.co.uk


Mexican Wrestling Night
Friday 9th July, 7.30pm, £7.50 Star and Shadow Cinema, Stepney Bank, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 2NP. Telephone 0191 261 0066.

Lucha Libre (Mexican Wrestling by masked wrestlers) is a cultural institution in working class Mexico. For one night only, Byker too will be home to some live Mexican Wrestling. As well as the live theatrical fisticuffs there is live music from surf rock heroes Senor Beatnik and The Coyotemen and finally not forgetting the UK premiers of two Mexican Wrestling films Santo vs the Martians and Los Campeones.

¡VAMOS! Festival facts:

¡VAMOS! Festival is a biennial event. The first festival took place in 2006 and was a great success as was the second ten day festival in 2008.

¡VAMOS! weekender events occurred in 2007 and 2009.

During ¡VAMOS! Festival 2008
•       73% of the audience it stated that it was their first time to ¡VAMOS! Festival in 2008.

•       462 participants took part in the ¡VAMOS! Big Dance event, of which 37% of had not danced before.

•       There were 20737 attendees across all events at ¡VAMOS! Festival 2008 including 923 school children.

•       ¡VAMOS! Festival 2008 hosted 4 UK premieres

•       71% were new visits to the website for ¡VAMOS! Festival 2008

•       www.vamosfestival.com had visits from 85 countries / territories with UK, USA and Spain as the top locations.


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1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. Ciprian  |  29/06/2010 at 7:32 pm

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