GET ready to party this weekend at the Afro Latino Festival. Tomorrow (March 3) performers will fill the Casula Powerhouse with all the best food, music, dance and more that African and Latin American cultures have to offer.
Spanish and Latin American Association for Social Assistance development officer Laura Luna is organising the event. Ms Luna said cultures, shared by African and Latin American communities, have evolved in Latin America over 500 years since African slave settlement.
“For descendants, the festival is a chance for these two cultures to be celebrated together,” she said. “It is a way to show we share that cultural heritage, even if a lot don’t recognise it.”She said a festival was the best way to celebrate these vibrant cultures.
“There will be lots and lots of activities for everyone to enjoy. There will be cultural performances, food stalls, arts and craft stands. “Children can make and learn to play traditional instruments and there will be a drumming workshop for adults.
“A soccer skills competition has also just been added to the list - it will be one big party.”Liverpool Mayor Wendy Waller said: “The Liverpool community is home to more than 157 different cultures so celebrating our diversity is something we are all very used to. “What makes this festival special is it is the first time these two cultures will celebrate their historical influence on one another.”