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Finsbury Park hosts North London’s Biggest Ever Latin Festival » La Clave Fest » with lot of flamenco

meritxell vallve 7 agosto, 2019

Finsbury Park opened its gates to Latin music lovers from all over London on Saturday in a celebration that had an estimated 30,000 revellers dancing to the beats of Salsa, Bachata, Reggaeton, Samba, Flamenco and even Tango, throughout the day.

After years of controversy over pricey commercial events in London’s parks, which local residents claim exclude them, Haringey Council allowed the organizers of London’s biggest Latin event, La Clave Fest, to stage its free annual festival. One local resident tweeted: «It was so good to see no high walls to keep people out.»

Culture lovers flocked to north London from all over the city, to enjoy a diverse array of entertainment, including the 15-piece Cuban salsa band Rene Alvarez and his Cuban Combination, Colombian cumbia-rock diva Angelica Lopez and an Urban set showcasingyoung Latin talent, fresh out of the London boroughs. Joining them were Candombe-infused Latin Jazz duo Beto Caletti and Mishka Adams, UK-Brazilian artist Nina Miranda, The London Tango Orchestraand Flamenco fusion duo Abraham Carmona and Ignacio Monteverdi, who stunned the audience with their electrifying set.

«We are very proud of the fact that all our performers at La Clave Fest are either born, bred or based in the UK. It’s a chance for us to show off the incredible talent available here and especially to support young up-and-coming acts who are fusing London sounds with their roots to create unique Latin music, which is different to anywhere else.» said Jose Luis Seijas, La Clave’s artistic director who hails from Venezuela.

The Argentine-born Festival director Amaranta Wright, who grew up in North London added: «La Clave Fest represents London’s diversity. I loved the fact that a classically trained orchestra played Piazzolla and Pugliese to 20,000 people who, the next second, were jumping up and down to the Reggaeton beats of London’s new urban Latin generation. The festival brought people of all backgrounds together, making it a true celebration of ‘The People’s Park’ as it was intended 150 years ago.»

Between the music were Salsa shows from UK champions Kat and Eddie, Los Rumberos and Samba moves from London School of Samba. While people of all ages indulged in the dancing, eating and drinking, children enjoyed the adjacent ‘London Copa America’ football tournament, and a separate sound system catered for the more serious dancers.

La Clave Fest, the biggest ever Latin festival to take place in North London, was supported by The Arts Council, The Mayor of London and Haringey Council and hopes to return to Finsbury Park next year.

Text and photos : Press office

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