Latin American culture comes to Bristol
A three-month celebration of Latin American culture in Bristol, organised by the University of Bristol, begins next Thursday with a week of artistic events open to the public.
Semana Cultural (Cultural Week) will feature performances, talks and dance workshops from an eclectic selection of resident Bristol artists, writers, activists and academics.
These include singers in indigenous Andean languages, esteemed Argentine and Chilean poets who have strong reputations in their home countries and are now writing from Bristol, and classical musicians interpreting Latin American musical styles such as tango, bossa nova and samba.
There will also be talks by charity workers who have experience of life inside marginalised communities in Latin America, and by Michael Jacobs, author of The Robber of Memories – a memoir of his adventures travelling along the Río Magdalena in Colombia.
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The events are run by the university’s Department of Hispanic, Portuguese and Latin American Studies as part of a project which aims to strengthen cross-cultural links among Latin Americans in Bristol and stimulate a deeper awareness of Latin American culture within the city.
The number of Latin Americans in Bristol has grown in recent years and the researchers see a need to respond by launching an initiative that promotes knowledge and understanding of the diversity of Latin American culture within the city.
They will create a website where Latin Americans can recount their personal testimonies and provide details of their businesses, art courses, workshops, concerts and any other areas of interest. They will also be holding meetings across Bristol with interest groups and organising a festival of Latin American culture.
In addition, the researchers will curate collections of Latin American travel writing, literature and history for Bristol’s cultural centres and exhibit the findings of the project through events at Stanford’s Travel and Maps, in Corn Street, and as part of a national Latin American Culture month later in the year.
Semana Cultural runs from Thursday, March 7 to Friday, March 15 at the University of Bristol, 15 - 17 Woodland Road.
Michael Jacobs presents his book, The Robber of Memories on Thursday 21 March at 7pm, at Stanfords’, 29 Corn Street.
For more details, visit www.bristol.ac.uk