Bristol Latin America Forum is an annual event held in Bristol on Latin American politics, society and culture. The Forum comprises of workshops, film, a panel discussion, dance, music, food and in 2008 for the first time closed with a World Cafe process.

It is organised by local grassroots Latin American solidarity groups, some of whom form part of larger national and international organisations and networks. It is not for profit, horizontally organised and we welcome your participation.

This blog began as a means of publicising and web-streaming the Forum in 2008 and is now a space for Bristol - Latin America related information all year round. See previous posts for details of last the 2008 Forum and video clips of the event. If you want to publicise an event please email the blog moderator.


The Legendary Afterparty!

For this year's afterparty and fundraiser we are teaming up with London based collective Movimientos and featuring bands and djs from far and wide to to finish off the day.

WHEN? - Saturday 25th April, 2009, 9pm - 2am

WHERE? - Easton Community Centre, Kilburn Street, Easton, Bristol, BS5 6AW

COST: Advance purchase tickets will be available at the Latin America Forum for £5. Otherwise it will be £7 on the door.

MC Magico (Colombia), MC Floiran (Cuba) and DJ Snatch (Argentina) fuse live percussion with concious latin hip-hop drawing inspiration from old-skool salsa to Latin Jazz, Salsa, Bachata, Reggaeton, Bashment to create a new Latin sound that will smash up the dancefloor.

Cumbia rhythms, soaring Afro-Colombian melodies, drums and dances. Koguiwa is a group of inspiring young musicians who bring a fresh twist to the rhythms, dances and melodies from the Caribbean coast of Colombia. With the sounds of Tambores, voices, flutes and guitars that have been passed down through the generations, in keeping with the roots of the music, a mixture of African, Indigenous Indian and European influences. Their vibrant on stage performance includes a special dances is guaranteed to get people dancing and singing along.

Compadres are a Bristol based 7 piece Latin-Funk band that bring together an eclectic mix of rhythms and styles through salsa, rumba, Brazilian beats, reggae, funk, jazz, flamenco and hip hop to created an explosive live experience. The artists come from Bristol, London, Spain, Uruguay, Colombia and have atravelled widely and played in diverse bands in of their own inimitable style.

Movimientos have revitalised the UK Latin scene, they host regular jam-packed nights at London’s Notting Hill Arts Club & The Salmon and Compass in London, have made their mark at several UK festivals and recently hosted a Manu Chao & Radio Bemba show for a secret benefit gig in Brixton that turned into one of the most talked about underground shows of 2008.

Movimientos DJs Cal Jader & Clem George represent with the sounds of the global Latin alternative. From folkloric to electronic they mix up Revolutionary Salsa, Clandestine Cumbia, Cuban Hip Hop, Dub-Reggae, Reggaeton & Merengue with Samba, Funk Carioca, Latin House, Spanish Mestizo flavours & Tropical Rave. This is Música Latina Clandestina!!!


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