15 May Sydney Latin Festival a pioneer for similar events around the country
The Sydney Latin Festival is on once again this year and is set to bring some of the best of Latin American culture to the harbour city.
The event was first started 15 years ago and was the only event of its kind at the time. Now, there are 27 events similar to it all across the country.
Event organiser Jaime Jesus said the Sydney Latin Festival plays an important role in showcasing South American culture to the wider Australian public, by bringing together an exciting mix of music, dance and food.
“It gets people, who may not be from our culture, to come in and experience what South America is like and what we like; food, music, dance and football,” he said.
Mr Jesus said these things are an important part of South American culture because it brings people together during the toughest of times.
“You don’t need money to play football, you don’t need money to dance, you don’t need money to hear music,” he said.
“It’s really important for South Americans to have these types of events because we can be part of things that we love and at the same time we can share it with the rest of Australia.”
As part of the festival, a number of Latin dance schools, professionals and world-champions from across the country will participate in the event and showcase their talent and skill to the audience, leaving them and other Latin Americans proud of their culture and heritage.
The festival will take place from June 19 – July 1 at Parramatta’s Novotel Hotel.