Ellen McGann

¡VAMOS! Festival – The Region-Wide Celebration Of Latin Culture Returns!

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¡VAMOS! Festival returns for 2014 between Friday 6 and Sunday 22 June with events celebrating Spanish and Portuguese speaking cultures across North East England.

The line-up for this year’s festival has now been announced, and it promises to provide you with a host of exciting guests. As ever, you can expect a truly vibrant array of pop-up restaurants, literary conferences and cutting edge visual arts.

The ¡VAMOS! Festival is now in its eighth year, and has presented more than 350 events to an audience of 130,000, while celebrating everything about Spanish and Portuguese speaking cultures, from music to the food.

The festival, launched with Jaleo Flamenco at the Mill Volvo Tyne Theatre, will contain a brand new ¡VAMOS! Pavilion, featuring exclusive designs by Brazilian artist, Flavio Morais, which will present street performances, games and special Latino-inspired street food. The pavilion will appear at key locations around the festival and will act as a hub for all of the events.

There are plenty of exciting acts and events to look forward to over three weeks, and it all kicks off on Friday 6 June. ¡VAMOS! Festival 2014 will launch events on the Northern Stage lawn at Newcastle University with Mardi Gras performances, newly commissioned art, live music, workshops, DJs and street food.

From 11am on Saturday 7 June, the Mardi Gras parade along Northumberland Street will bring together young people from eight schools across Newcastle from the Ouseburn Hub partnership. Then the procession from Brunswick Methodist Church and Northumberland Street will culminate in a performance outside Northern Stage.

The Mardi Gras launches an afternoon of free activities between 12pm and 5pm with a fiesta of live music from authentic Cuban Son band Son Yambu, Hannabiell and Midnight Blue and tango group Duo Norteño, accompanied by a range of DJs and some vibrant and authentic food.

Visitors can also pose as Latin inspired characters to create their very own #locohero souvenir photographs as the popular photography Moon Booth takes on a special ¡VAMOS! theme, appearing at events throughout the Festival.

The first day of the festival will also offer a poster exhibit, an exciting exhibition of projects that different schools and researchers are developing in Latin America, and a Books workshop where participants will be introduced to the history and the art forms of the Brazilian tradition of ‘Corde Literature’.

With such a wide range of events taking place over the ¡VAMOS! Festival, you can be sure to find something to suit all tastes, and something for all the family.

The ¡VAMOS! Festival returns for 2014 between Friday 6 and Sunday 22 June.

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