Latin festival for Sydney Park

The best of Latin American culture will be celebrated in Sydney Park this Saturday during a folk festival supported by the City of Sydney.

The Urban Latin Folk Festival will showcase art and cuisine in exhibitions, cultural displays, workshops and live performances at Sydney Park Pavilion thanks to grants from the City.

The inaugural event will include the launch of an original music single and video clip, Latin foods, wines and accessories presented by renowned Sydney-based suppliers.

“The City is delighted to support the Emigro Festival and help it bring the best of Latin America to Sydneysiders,” Lord Mayor Clover Moore said.

“The surrounding communities of Erskineville, Alexandria, Newtown and Marrickville are renowned for their unique character, and I’m sure they will enjoy the colour and rhythm of Latin folk.”

Latin American band Libelle, which will release its new single Emigro during the Saturday night event, will get hips swinging with folkloric rhythms, while folk band Pukara will combine guitars, bamboo flutes, Andean pipes and Latin percussion.

Music students from Concord West Public School will also play original Latin songs when their school band performs with professional Sydney-based musicians.

The Latin Store from Sydney’s Queen Victoria Building will exhibit colourful products from Chile, Peru, Argentina, Ecuador and Mexico as painter Tamara Martinez and fellow visual artist Anton Olea display their works.

“We will be showcasing upcoming artists to educate Sydneysiders about the urban Latin folk cultural movement in Sydney and around the world,” event organiser Olga Vega said. “The festival is a great night for people of all ages to come along and get a big taste of Latin America.”

Angove Wines is sponsoring the event and Dubology studios, directed by Ivan Ordenes, is the producer.

The grant is part of the City’s latest $1.2 million funding program, which in 2015 is supporting 57 projects that meet the City’s long-term social, economic, cultural and environmental goals. It is part of a $13 million grants program linked to the 10 directions of the City’s community-supported 2030 program.

Over the past 10 years, the City has supported thousands of projects through the Community Grants program valued at $11 million.

Where and when: Sydney Park Pavilion on Saturday 7 November from 5.30pm to 11pm.

Tickets: $15 on the night or contact Olga Vega or phone 0405 537 173.