(This story is sponsored by Latincouver Cultural & Business Society.)
The enchanting fall season is overflowing with cultural celebrations like Thanksgiving, Day of the Dead, and Oktoberfest.
In addition to these three internationally recognized events, Latin American Heritage Month also takes place in October. The four-week celebration honours Latin America’s influence on history, culture, and achievements in B.C. and Canada.
For its third consecutive year, Latincouver is hosting the Latin American Heritage Month Festival, which celebrates the richness and vitality of Latin American culture. From October 14 to November 2, the festival offers exciting opportunities for folks to learn and appreciate the diverse culture south of the Rio Grande.
The 20-day festival includes a mix of online and in-person events such as performances from outstanding Latin musicians and dancers, workshops, art exhibitions, and more. For the full 2021 lineup, click here.
“This year, the festival will host a series of interactive events like the art exhibitions: Perceptions of the Mother Earth and the Altar de Muertos installation,” says Paloma Morales, project coordinator of Latincouver. “There will also be in-person workshops, including Flamenco, Tango and Wine in One Night, the Brazilian Experience, and the Día de Muertos Market. For the first time ever, there will be a video mapping in one of the most iconic places in Vancouver.”
Guests can also attend a capoeira workshop that will delve into how the martial art-infused dance became an emblematic Brazilian symbol. This active workshop is open to everyone; no previous martial arts or dance experience is necessary.
Those who like to explore other cultures through food can learn how to make traditional Pan de Muerto. The sweet bread is enjoyed during the weeks leading up to the Día de Muertos, a holiday that’s celebrated by people of Mexican heritage.
No Latin American festival is complete without several energetic music performances that’ll have everyone on their feet. Audiences can take in the sweet sounds and catchy beats from artists like Mariachis Los Dorados, Celso Machado, Forro Du Cana, Daniela Carmona, Matices del Sur, Sambacouver, Mozaico Flamenco, and Argentine Tango Lab.
To ensure the safety of guests, activities held at the Ocean Art Works Pavilion and Performance Works in Granville Island will keep capacity limits to 50 percent. Both venues will be adhering to all pandemic-related protocols to guarantee a comfortable, safe, and enjoyable environment for everybody.