(This story is sponsored by Latincouver Cultural & Business Society.)
From July 15 to August 9, replace mundane social distancing activities with spicy, vibrant Latin-inspired events that will bring some much-needed laughter and enjoyment into your life.
The largest Latino festival in the Pacific Northwest, Carnaval del Sol, will bring communities together in celebration of the colourful culture during these difficult times. People are invited to explore Latin art, music, and literature through several entertaining events taking place online and in-person.
“Despite the current pandemic, Carnaval del Sol in Vancouver has decided to continue dancing, to continue singing, and to continue enjoying because la vida es un carnaval (life is a carnival),” says Paola Murillo, executive director for Latincouver.
The festival’s programming will be delivered to attendees in a variety of formats to encourage physical distancing.
For example, Carnaval del Sol’s online series, Across the Americas (otherwise known as Por Toda América), will take place on Facebook and YouTube. This virtual party celebrates the Latin American culture through music, comedy, food, art, social innovation, and showcasing travel destinations. Viewers can expect live performances by Lila Downs and Nortec: Bostich + Fussible from Mexico, Nación Ekeko from Argentina, Peruvian band Bareto, Colombian musicians Ramón Chicharrón and Pedrina, Canadian-Mexican musician Boogat, and many more.
Across the Americas will also feature four cooking shows led by talented chefs from local Latin restaurants—you can finally learn how to make tasty cornbread arepas and authentic Brazilian cuisine.
Along with mouthwatering cooking demonstrations, audiences can also watch movie selections from the Vancouver Latin American Film Festival, comedy performances, travel shows, and virtual art exhibits. The online event is hosted by Pablo Zacarías and Daniela Carmona, and will run for the entirety of the festival from July 15 to August 9.
On August 7, 8, and 9, grab a treat from any of the 14 Metro Vancouver restaurants where Carnaval del Sol is bringing a taste of Latin America and the fun of Latino community. You can reserve your spot at www.carnavaldelsol.ca/restaurants/.
The winding down of the Carnaval del Sol festivities will be marked by a display of bright lights on BC Place on August 8.
To donate to Carnaval del Sol so that the festival can continue supporting artists, small businesses, and the community, visit www.carnavaldelsol.ca/donations/.
Click here to view the Carnaval del Sol 2020 schedule.