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'The Latin Way to Africa' by Wilmer Sifontes

                           CIMARRON  FESTIVAL  2011

Cimarron Festival 2011 has been moved to October because of lack of funding. This year in May however, we will only be running a few workshops and a live salsa event on the following dates and venues:

Saturday 21st May @ Unit B Fairfax House, Overton Rd SW9 7JR

2pm - Afor-Brazilian dance workshop for young people. Youth groups welcome. Led by Paulette Robin. Free event  

Monday 23rd May @ LAEP Claremont Angel                            

Singing and percussion workshop for the Latin American elderly community. Led by Luz Elena Caicedo 

Tuesday 24th May Upstairs @ The Ritzy Cold Harbour Lane SW9

7pm - Cumbia singing workshop: Learn the basic singing patterns of cumbia, commonly described as Colombia's national rhythm a beautiful blend of African rhythm, and Amer-Indian melodies.  All levels welcome. Workshop led by Camilo Menjura.  The workshop will be followed by a performance of Afro-Colombian chants from the Latin American Community choir.  Free event                         

Thursday 26th May @ Unit B Fairfax House, Overton Rd SW9 7JR

7pm - Afro-Peruvian dance workshop led by the outstanding Peruvian dancer  Flavia Chevez. Free event  

Friday 27th May @ Nueva Costa Dorada 47-55 Hanway Street W1T - 1UX   Nearest Tube Tottenham Court Road      

10pm Viva La Tradicion! New Live Music Night in the heart of the West End, featuring Conjunto Sabroso  playing some of the most traditional and contemporary salsa and Latin dance rhythms. £6   

Thank you very much for your support, we are in the process of organizing the October programme, which will be advertised in due course. 

 C I M A R R O N    F E S T I V A L   2010
13th to 22nd  May
Celebrating The Bicentenary  Of  Latin America's  Independance

Cimarron Festival is a multidisciplinary event, aimed at sharing and celebrating  Latin America's African cultural heritage. Due to the amazing positive response from our audience for the past two years, the event has now become a permanent fixture on the London busy cultural calendar.

Keeping in line with our main focus which is to celebrate Latin America's African cultural heritage, we will be running a wide ranging programme that will feature lectures, music and dance workshops, documentaries, and music and dance performances in our aim to connect the Afro-Latin American diasporas in the UK.

The empowering image of the "Cimarron" the run away African slave, highlights  the strong presence and influence of the African cultural legacy in Latin America, paying homage to our historical and cultural background.

Children of 'Cacarica' an Afro-Colombian peace community in the Pacific coast
Photo by: Iona Hogerndoorn (Holland)

Lectures by academics on specialist subjects on Afro-Latin American culture such as:

  • Pedro Perez Sarduy
  • Matthias Rohrig

Music and Dance Workshops
Explore the diversity of Afro-Latin American drumming and folkloric dancing by joining our free workshops taught by some of our most outstanding London based Latin American musicians and dancers.

  • Wilmer Sifontes  (Venezuela)
  • Flavia Chevez from (Peru)
  • Paulette Robin (UK)
  • Nikolai Rodriguez (Colombia)
  • CubanaDanza dance company (Cuba)
  • Capoeira by  ANGOLEIROS DO MAR



Documentary: 'The Sons Of benkos"  By Lucas Silva  (English subtitles)

This film is dedicated to the African culture in Colombia, seen and told through the prism of its music. Traditional rhythms take us back to the past, to the ancestors and the bonds with Africa, and the modern music played by young people today , brings us back to the present in a "pluri-ethnical and multicultural" country full of contradictions.

Launch event: Thursday 13th May 7.30pm Lecture by Pedro Perez Sarduy from Cuba on his novel The Maids from Havana. At ONEKX 120 Cromer Street 8BS Kings Cross

Music and dance performances: Grand finale on 22nd of May  at The Conway Hall Red Lion Square, Holborn WC1R,  with a celebration of Afro-Latin American music and dance performances from various groups. £5 at the door.

The event will take place from 13th to 22nd of May at the following venues across  London

  • The Bolivar HaSOAS University
  • The Conway Hall in Holborn
  • LAEP Latin American Elderly Project in Angel
  • ONEKX in Kings Cross
  • The Ritzy Bar in Brixton

A special thank you to legendary Salsa singer Henry Fiol for collaborating with The Cimarron Festival by donating the image of his painting which appears in the 'Saoco Macho Rumba' album, for exclusive use on our advertising campaign.

See last year's listing on Time Out magazine!