Vamos Festival announces Latin Line-Up for 2011

By 19 April, 2011

VAMOS! Festival is returning to the North East of England for another great line-up of Latin and Lusophone activities. As well as a Tyne Carnival there will be plenty of music and films and opportunities to improve your dance skills. Read here for the full line-up and find out out picks of the festival.

VAMOS! 2011 launches with the very first Tyne Carnival procession through the streets of Newcastle from 11am on Saturday 4 June starting on Northumberland Street with live Latin American music, colourful costumes, dance and percussion! Acts include Rumba NE, Dale Burundanga Ensemble, Mezze Mundo, World Beaters Music Samba Band and Newcastle University Salsa Band, Sports for Youth Academy!

The North East Brazilian Community will be celebrating Festa Junina, one of the oldest and most
popular celebrations of the year in Brazil. The festivities at The Georgian Theatre in Stockton on Saturday 25 June include performances of Quadrilha – a typical dance with people dressed up as Caipiras (sort of cowboys) – stalls with typical Brazilian food and drinks and games for children.

One of the big highlights of the festival is a series of films at The Star and Shadow including Revolución, a series of 10 Mexican short films (including one directed by Gael Garcia Bernal), Gigante – a Uruguayan comedy, Birdwatchers about the relationship between the Guarani indigenous people and their landowners in Mato Grosso Do Sul, and Abel, another Mexican film though this time with a comedic touch.

A special A Peña Flamenca event at Dance City on Saturday 11 June will recreate Dance City as a magical Flamenco space for one day only with a special evening performance and daytime classes for all ages. Demonstrating why Flamenco was recently designated as a unique and valued treasure by UNESCO are an amazing line-up of professional Flamenco artists including Mayte Beltrán.

There will also be live music from global Chilean electronic artist Matias Aguayo (Comeme) from Kompakt records – performing outdoors at both Newcastle’s Grey’s Monument and The Tyne Bar. Matias has held ‘Bumbumbox’ parties all over Latin America transforming familiar public spaces into free, friendly, celebratory spaces. This is the first time Matias has brought a Bumbumbox party to the UK and for just a few hours on Friday 17 June Newcastle City Centre will sway to the sounds of contemporary Latino culture! He has collaborated with North East artist Capracara (DFA/Soul Jazz Records) utilising online social tools to develop a new electronic music commission to be performed live at this special outdoor Bumbumbox event. Matias will also give a lunchtime talk about his pioneering music project and later DJ at the now legendary Tyne Bar party on Saturday 18 June.

VAMOS closes with one of Spain’s hottest acts Fuel Fandango at the Mouth of The Tyne Festival on Sunday 10th July followed by its closing party at Crusoes Bar on Longsands Beach with fantastic Cuban musician Roberto Poveda who combines forms of Cuban music including Son, Bolero, Rumba and Timba along with Jazz, R n B and Rap resulting in a sound that is all his own.

The full line-up for the festival is below. You can also find out more about VAMOS festival at their website.

Saturday 4th June
11:00am Tyne Carnival – Free
15:00pm Newcastle Community Green Festival, Leazes Park – Free
19:30pm Vintage ¡VAMOS!, Gateshead Old Town Hall – £14/12

Monday 6th June
16:00pm Tesis (Film), Newcastle University, PERB.G.05 – Free

Tuesday 7th June
19:00pm SalSeduce with Fadi K (Dance Music) – £6/5

Wednesday 8th June
20:00pm Todo el Mundo with Dale Burundanga (Music), Butterfly Cabinet – £10

Thursday 9th June
19:00pm Gigante (Film), Star and Shadow Cinema – £5/3.50

Saturday 11th June
19:00pm Peña flamenca (Dance), Dance City – £5

Monday 13th June
16:00pm Poniente (Film), Newcastle University, PERB.G.05 – Free

Wednesday 15th June
12:30pm Re-read/Get to know: The Praise of Reading (Education), Newcastle University, PERB.G.10 – Free

Thursday 16th June
19:00pm Birdwatchers (Film), Star and Shadow Cinema – £5/3.50

Friday 17th June
12:00pm Bumbumbox Selección Transatlántica (Music), Grey’s Monument – Free
21:00pm Cafe Ipanema: Live Bossa Nova (Music), Barkollo – Free

Saturday 18th June
11:00am Culture Connect (Dance), Crisis Skylight Cafe – £20
12:00pm Re-read/Get to know! (Education), Robinson Library – Free
13:00pm Bumbumbox Artists Talk (Education), Novak Studio – Free
18:00pm NONAME (Club Music), The Tyne Bar – Free
19:30pm Eat-a-long Movie: Como Água para Chocolate (Film), Space Bar – £18.50
20:00pm The Latin Garden: Bacalao Men (Music), Nancy’s Bordello – £7

Monday 20th June
16:00pm Habana Blues (Film), Newcastle University, PERB.G.05 – Free

Wednesday 22nd June
12:30pm Mexico City for Beginners (Education), Newcastle University, PERB.G.10 – Free

Friday 24th June
19:30pm Los Paladares (Food), Secret location – £19.50
19:45pm Salsa Amor (Dance), The Black Swan Bar and Venue – £6/5

Saturday 25th June
11:00am Revolution on Paper (Visual Arts), Hatton Gallery – Free
15:00pm Festa Junina (Family), The Georgian Theatre – £2/1
19:00pm Revolución with The Funky Butt Club (Film), Star and Shadow Cinema – £7/5

Sunday 26th June
11:00am Latin Dance Experience (Dance Music), The Mile Castle – £15

Tuesday 28th June
19:30pm Lucha Future (Live Performance), The Sage Gateshead – from £12.50

Wednesday 29th June
18:00pm Revolution on Paper: The Historical Context (Education), Hatton Gallery – Free
20:00pm Todo el Mundo with El Nino del Toon (Music), Butterfly Cabinet – £10

Thursday 30th June
19:00pm Abel (Film), Star and Shadow Cinema – £5/3.50

Saturday 2nd July
20:00pm Mano a Mano: A Night Inspired by Tango (Live Performance), Dynamix Skate Park – £9

Tuesday 5th July
19:00pm SalSeduce with Yersin Guillen Rivas (Dance Music), Venue – £6/5

Wednesday 6th July
12:30pm The Mexican State and the Indigenous Pueblos after the Revolution (Education), Newcastle University, PERB.G.13 – Free

Thursday 7th July
19:30pm Roots Rhythms (Music), The Cumberland Arms – £5

Saturday 9th July
09:00am Flamenco: Duende Latino (Music), Barkollo – Free

Sunday 10th July
14:00pm Mouth of the Tyne Festival: Fuel Fandango live (Music), Tynemouth Priory and Castle – TBC
19:00pm Festival Closing Party! Roberto Poveda (Music), Crusoes Bar – Free

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