Vamos Festival starts tomorrow: Full programme here

01/07/2010 at 12:55 pm Leave a comment

¡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.

¡VAMOS! Festival 2010 encompasses the diversity of musical styles and fusions of music across Latin and Lusophone Cultures.  From Afro-Peruvian rhythms, to Bossa and Flamenco, contemporary jazz and tango and salsa, there is a Latin pace and rhythm for all occasions.

Launching ¡VAMOS! Festival 2010 at Dance City on Friday 2nd July will be an evening of performances including Transtango, a bewitching and evocative audio visual concert with live dance, classical musicians and bespoke film projections all exploring Tango in a urban context, followed by Afro-Peruvian percussion, music and dance from traditions in the former slave enclaves in Peru from Paris based Grupo Chinchivi, played on homemade and traditional instruments.

¡VAMOS! Festival Outdoor Picnic brings a carnival atmosphere to Saltwell Park, Gateshead on Saturday 3rd July 2010, from 12pm – 5pm. Featuring lively outdoor music from North East based collective RUMBA NE; musicians Patricia Oliart and Paco Bethancourt and his group Flamencos del Norte, Argentina Tango Gypsy trio Zingaros and Afro-Peruvian music and dance act Chinchivi as well as performance, food stalls, face painting, children’s activities and games, free dance workshops and a carnival procession.

Respected world DJ Gilles Petersen shares his latest Cuban and Latin music discoveries from his recent trips to Cuba in Havana Cultura Live at The Sage Gateshead on Saturday 3 July, an evening including live performances from Roberto Fonseca’s acclaimed band, Cuban star Danay and Ogguere, one of the hottest hip hop acts in Cuba.  This will be followed by an exclusive late night Latin Dance Party with an up tempo DJ set by Gilles Peterson. Live electronic performances on Saturday 3 July (at what may be the last Tyne Party ever) from Portuguese brothers Octo Push and DJ Vamanos encompass baille, reaggaton, ragga, dancehall and bmore. London based night Moviementos DJ Cal Jadar guests DJs at Madam Koos for a special VAMOS a lo Internacional evening as part of leading Latin night Musica Mundo on Wednesday 7 July. DJ Diplo’s documentary Favela on Blast, screened at the Star and Shadow on Thursday 8 July, highlights the Baile Funk music and subculture from the favelas of Brazil.

Spanish Hip Hop act Violadores del Verso perform as part of Mouth of the Tyne Festival on Sunday 11 July and will also DJ later on that night along with DJ Panko from Ojos de Brujo bringing the festival to close at Crusoes bar on Longsands Beach in Tynemouth.

Dance is also integral to Latin culture and ¡VAMOS! Festival 2010 offers the opportunity to be dazzled by the diversity and liveliness of Latin Dance styles, and to join in. Dancers will perform Afro-Peruvian styles, professional dancers demonstrating the drama of Tango and cha-cha-cha, and many of the region’s best Salsa dancers uniting to share their passion for dance.

¡VAMOS! includes exclusive performances from some of the world’s leading ballet dancers from Danza Contemporanea de Cuba, who fuse their Afro Cuban, European and New York influences, and are one of the most exciting dance companies in the world. As part of the Theatre Royal Newcastle’s Seconds Out Project, they will run a professional masterclass and host an open rehearsal at Dance City on Monday 5 July of a work in progress. In an inspiring night at CultureLab focused on dance on Tuesday 6 July members of the company 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.  This will be followed by 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.

Latin Fever at The Sage Gateshead on Sunday 4 July will demonstrate the moves to go with the music. Performed and choreographed by Darren Bennett and Lilia Kopylova from the BBC’s ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ will be joined by four leading Latin American dancing duos for a breathtaking voyage through Brazilian rhythms, the passion of the tango, Cuban cha-cha-cha and rumba, the swing and jitterbug and the drama of paso doble. A sensational live Latin band will also perform well know Latin songs.

There’s plenty of opportunities to join in, for beginners and experienced dancers alike. History of Salsa Live, on Sunday 4 July, journeys through the history of salsa from the 50s to the current day, and features live music and dance performances by Rumba NE and Salsa Dura by DJ Monntunno from Colombia. Salsita is a family friendly Salsa Charity evening at the Cornerhouse, Heaton on Friday 9 July hosted by one of the first Salsa based promoters in the North East. Malu Velez who was instrumental in establishing the salsa nights at both the Jazz Cafe and the Black Swan weekly events hosts one of her special food and music parties at The Cornerhouse. Ola Verano! at Gateshead Old Town Hall on  Saturday 10 July will unite many of the best DJs, promoters and dance performers based in the North East all on one bill!

¡VAMOS! hosts a very special Cultura del Espacio in a previously empty shop in the centre of Newcastle.  As well as talks, events, food and discussions, it launches with a documentary photographic exhibition  ‘Modernity in the Modern Andes’ curated by Peruvian photographer, Sergio A. Fernandez. These photographs by world famous and ground breaking Peruvian photographer Martin Chambi and the Cabrera Brothers give a fascinating insight of the indigenous people of Cusco and the surrounding areas from the 1920s-40s.

In Luz and Amor opening on Monday 5th July The Biscuit Factory presents a beguiling exhibition of many Latin and Lusophone talents and art forms. It features Jazmin Velasco, (whose work is used as the main ¡VAMOS! 2010 image) alongside artists from the region, Adriana Ghio Rosales, Vera Hynes, Patricia Gurgel Segrillo and Jackie Brazil.

In 2006 NC Ritchie, bought a standby return ticket to Havana for £89. What followed was five weeks of revelation for him and the photographs he took capturing the island, its people and their infectious outlook to life, can be seen at Newcastle’s Salsa Café opening on Saturday 10 July and continuing until 1 August.

A special exhibition of paintings, photography, ceramics, films and installations that tackle environmental issues and ways of using recycled materials in fine art is hosted by the North East Brazilian Community at Café Sassari, Middlesbrough, starting on Thursday 8 July with music and workshops.

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.

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, and live music from Senor Beatnik and The Coyotemen on Friday 9 July 2010, 7.30pm, tickets £7.50.

The journey through Latin and Lusophone cultures includes food, lots of it. There will be the opportunity to sample authentic Latin homemade food as part of many events including the ¡VAMOS!  Outdoor Picnic at Saltwell Park on Saturday 3 July.  Traditional Latin American food has widely different cuisine varying from nation to nation, however many factors unite the dishes including maize based snacks; Tortillas, tamales, and papusas, and the use of spices and condiments.  The History of Salsa at Hyem Bar, Heaton, Newcastle on Sunday 4 July offers home made Latin American food and at Salsita the Cornerhouse on Friday 9 July mixes music, dance and family with eating and socializing.

Pioneered by EAT! in 2009 – Los Paladares returns to EAT! Festival in June then  ¡VAMOS! Festival in July. Based on the informal restaurants in Cuba, diners book tickets as guests of Latin homes and sample home made cuisine in an authentic family environment. This year it includes Cuban cookery as well as home cooked meals from other Latin cultures. Guests will be told the location the day before adding to the element of surprise!



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