(This story is sponsored by Latincouver Cultural & Business Society.)
For most Vancouverites, summer travel looks a little different this year but thankfully, Latincouver can provide us with the vibrant, culturally rich escape we’ve all been craving. From August 12 to 29, you’re invited to celebrate the diversity of Latin American cultures through several entertaining in-person and hybrid events.
Because many of the pandemic-related restrictions have eased, Latincouver can resume its amazing outdoor festival from August 12 to 15. However, the event will be operating at a limited capacity to ensure the health and safety of attendees.
The 14th annual outdoor festival will kick off with a Latinx Pride Day on August 12 with the following days hosted at Concord Pacific Place. Visitors can expect to find an impressive selection of delicious Latin American food, along with ice-cold local and Mexican beer. These can be enjoyed while watching performances from outstanding artists like Rumba Calzada, Tugstar & Mad Riddim, Farnaz Ohadi, Sambacouver, Rudegang Entertainment, MNGWA, and more. Families can also participate in Latin-inspired activities every day from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Those unable to attend the outdoor festival can join the celebrations from August 20 to 29, which will include the Latin American Experience. This is a series of limited-capacity live events and hybrid workshops at the Vancouver Playhouse and Performance Works at Granville Island.
Interactive events like Stand-Up Comedy & Magic in Spanish, Latin Jazz Extravaganza!, and the acclaimed Flamenco, Tango & Wine night will bring delight to all who attend.
Festivalgoers are encouraged to brush off their dusty dancing shoes and participate in the samba, cumbia, and salsa workshops. There will also be classes surrounding Latinx plant-based cooking, flamenco and tango, and a discussion about the importance of diversity.
If you’re unable to attend the in-person events, Latincouver will be releasing an exciting second season of Carnaval del Sol: Across the Americas, available online. The virtual program features shorter, more dynamic episodes that will be released on Latincouver’s YouTube channel and Carnaval del Sol’s Instagram from August 16 to 20.