CARIBé: PALACIO DE LA RUMBA with ADRIAN MEDINA, ISRAEL ORTIZ, EMMA VAZQUEZ BORGES & TIM HARRINGTON
Cuba / Australia
Experience Cubanísimo with Caribé! Be transported by Sydney’s finest Jazz and Latin musicians performing with Australian-based Cuban dancers led by Adrian Medina. Together they push the boundaries of modern Cuban rumba, cha cha chá, Afro-Cuban 6/8, guajira, mambo and more!
Latin Jazz Network’s critic Raul de Gama noted that with Palacio de la Rumba “there is a wild celebration here… a riot of tone, colour, tempos, ensemble and balance – all seem effortless and intuitively right”.
Palacio de la Rumba big band artists are: Gai Bryant and Julian Gough on saxophones, Eamon Dilworth and Danny Carmichael on trumpets, Paul Weber on trombone, Colin Burrows on bass trombone, Alister Spence on piano, Steve Elphick on double bass, Antonio Marquéz, Kent Windress and Giorgio Rojas on percussion with dancers Adrian Medina, Israel Ortiz, Emma Vazquez Borges and Tim Harrington.
AFRO GLAM DANCE
Reunion Island / Australia
Afro Glam is an Afro beat dance group by an all-female dance ensemble led by Mina Glam. Their performances are inspired by indigenous dance forms from Reunion Island, the Caribbean, as well as traditional and urban dances from West Africa. They combine modern dance styles to create an engaging, fun and unique performance experience.
In Sydney they have performed in different festivals and events as well as facilitating dance workshops. Their aim is to inspire young girls and African girls to believe in their passion.
OYOBI feat. QVLN
Latin America / Australia / LA
OYOBI is a musical journey to the primordial world using rhythm and machines. It’s a project that encompasses a deep knowledge of Afro Latin folkloric traditions and a passion for European electronic sounds.
OYOBI fuses this knowledge with modern production techniques, drum machines, and percussion to create live compositions that captivate the audience. Featuring some of Australia’s most renowned talents Daniel Pliner on synthesisers, Adam Ventoura on bass, Vincent Sebastian on percussion/drum machines and LA-based vocalist and violinist Quetzal Guerrero aka QVLN.
UGANDA CULTURAL GROUP
Uganda / Australia
The Uganda Cultural Group is an up-and-coming six-member dance troupe performing the traditional dances of Uganda. With great energy and colourful costumes, the troupe immerses the audience in the rich and diverse cultural traditions that are all very much alive in the Ugandan community in Sydney.
BRISAS DEL PERU
Peru / Australia
Brisas del Peru is a young Sydney-based Peruvian, folkloric dance group founded in 2007. With over 25 dancers from ages 4 to 25, Brisas aims to keep their culture alive through Peruvian music, for Australia to witness the wonders of Peru.
Their colourful and embroidered costumes directly made from Peru will catch the attention of many. The energy, freedom, fun and rhythms of traditional music combined with contemporary rhythms make sure everyone enjoys Brisas del Peru. Being the first group in Sydney to incorporate fusions and showcase less known Peruvian dances, they aim to show different influences in their music such as the Afro Peruvian show prepared for Afro Latino Festival.
AFRO INFUSION FASHION SHOWCASE
This year Afro Latino fashion showcase is featuring stylists, fashion designers and an empowerment collaboration from across the motherland and the diaspora to come together under one place to display emerging talent. The showcase aims to create a sense of oneness throughout this vibrant community.
2 talented individuals hope to inspire the next generation of young girls of colour through a variety of natural and creative hairstyles. These little girls will also be wearing T-shirts with an empowering message. The purpose is to give the young girls aged 6 and under a sense of pride and a fierce attitude to life.
Johjos – a range of handmade accessories created from wax cotton that traditionally was born in Indonesia as batiks, transported by the Dutch, and found a welcoming home on the African continent. The vibrant pieces range from eye-catching clutches and iPad cases to neckpieces, earrings, belts and kimonos, expressing a relatable cultural hybridity found amongst today’s modern travelling society. Creator, Mayen Benson, is a Nigerian-born British/Australian whose creativity draws inspiration from her travels and a lust for colour.
2 Sydney – 2 Sydney stylist is the brain child of Niwa Mburuja (#niwaeats #niwatravels #niwawears) and Wanyika Mshila (clothing label Wa-Nyika). The two friends came together over a shared love for style, culture, self-expression, adventure, empowerment and different world aesthetics. The duo is also inspired by their home city Sydney, and they love to explore the different creative avenues it has to offer. It is this explorative and open minded nature that they bring to their styling and creative direction in photoshoots, runways and costume design.
LONJA PALO MADERA (LPM Candombe)
Uruguay / Australia
Sydney’s hottest entertainment is here! LPM Candombe leads the pack with talented musicians and dancers to the sound of the amazing beats of Afro Uruguayan drums and dancing. See LPM Candombe and feel the passion!
More performers will be announced soon.
There will be an ATM on Festival site, however other close ATMs are located in the Liverpool CBD or Casula Mall.