Free London workshops to be launched by organisers of Europe’s biggest Latin American carnival

Carnaval Del Pueblo, organisers of Europe’s biggest annual Latin American Festival, held in London each August, are launching a series of FREE workshops in London, starting from Saturday 7th March and running every Saturday until 1st August. The aim is to educate people about Latin American culture and its influence on London in the run-up to the carnival and the celebrations in Burgess Park, Camberwell on Sunday 2nd August 2009, which is attended by an average of 100,000 people every year. Check our website for more details,


The organisers of Carnaval del Pueblo, Europe’s largest Latino Carnival on Sunday 2nd August 2009, are launching a programme of FREE LONDON WORKSHOPS thanks to a ₤50,000 Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) grant. The Cuming Museum will host the workshops from March to July as part of a special project which aims to encourage the public to learn more about Latin American arts and culture. The first workshop will run every Saturday from 7th March 2009 until 11th April 2009 at The Cuming Museum.

Each summer the Carnaval del Pueblo transforms London’s streets into a display of colour and rhythm. Now for the first time the public can participate by learning a range of Latin American art and craft skills, displaying their work in this year’s carnival. The special project funded by The HLF aims to preserve and extend knowledge of London’s Latino culture and will include a six months exhibition at The Cuming Museum from October 2009.

FREE WORKSHOPS available to the public will include: photography, music, dance, costumes, masks, film editing, oral history, painting, graffiti and float design. The public can learn to shake their booty like the Brazilians in a Samba dance class taught by Henrique Da Silva, founder of the Paraiso School of Samba. Alternatively, Andean dances represented in Bolivian Carnaval de Oruro, UNESCO’s Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity will be explored by Gladys Medina. Famous Colombian musician Roberto Pla will hold a music workshop and form a salsa band to perform at the carnival.

20 oral histories will be collected from members of Latino community groups in a workshop led by Peruvian Ethnomusicologist, Sofía Buchuck. Costumes and masks will be studied with Andrea Greenwood and Carlos Morales and a float created from recyclable materials will be created in a workshop led by Mexican designer Guadalupe Velázquez. These projects will have special visibility at the Carnaval del Pueblo float procession that covers the main streets of South London, from London Elephant & Castle to Burgess Park.

Now in its 11th year, Carnaval del Pueblo is the biggest Latin American event of its kind staged in Europe. The one-day summer celebration in Burgess Park is the UK’s own Latin fiesta featuring a colourful procession, worldwide music artists, dance acts and stall holders selling a wide range of goods. The event promotes knowledge and understanding of Latin American culture and the HLF funded FREE WORKSHOPS and October exhibition are designed to complement this aim.

Carnaval del Pueblo co-director, Mario Tasama, commented: “In my opinion, this grant is an honour and recognition from the British people to the Latin American community in London through HLF”.

Sue Bowers, Head of The Heritage Lottery Fund London, added: “This project will preserve the memories of those involved in the carnival during its formative years and add a valued dimension to the event as an expression of cultural identity for London’s Latin American community.”

For further information please contact:
Paul Gilbert
Tel. 0207 686 1633


Region: All
Start Date: 07/03/2009
End Date: 11/04/2009
Start Time: 14:00 to 16:00
Venue: The Cuming Museum
Venue Address: 151 Walworth Road, London
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Name: Paul Gilbert
Phone: 020-7686 1633