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Mexican artist David Álvarez captures the night

Mexican illustrator David Álvarez makes hand-drawn illustrations that combine breathtaking technical skill with creativity and humour. BristoLatino’s editor-in-chief Helen Brown interviews  Álvarez about Mesoamerican mythology, the moon, and his creative process.   In Noche Antigua (Ancient Night), Álvarez illustrates a Mesoamerican myth explaining the phases of the moon. Each night a dutiful rabbit fills the moon with […]

VIA ARTS PRIZE: Call for entries now open!

The VIA Arts Prize, the UK’s only Ibero-American themed visual arts competition, invites artists to create works inspired by Latin American, Spanish and Portuguese arts and cultures. The prize is organised by the Association of Cultural Attachés of Latin America, Spain and Portugal (ACALASP) with support from  People’s Palace Projects and Instituto Cervantes. BristoLatino’s Helen Brown discusses the […]

Sexuality and sisterhood in CASA Festival’s LADYLIKE

CASA festival, London’s festival of Latin American Arts, opened last Tuesday at Dalston’s Arcola Theatre with Ella Mesma company’s dance show ‘LADYLIKE’, and Brazilian theatre piece ‘Unfamiliar’, both followed by the all-female mariachi band, Las Adelitas. The dance performance explored sisterhood, softness, sanity and sexuality through a range of different dance styles, Latin music, and theatre. […]

The politics of avocado production in Chile and Mexico

BristoLatino’s Lara Bodger explores the environmental and political consequences of avocado production in two producer countries, Mexico and Chile. Avocado on toast is a dietary staple for me, much like other stereotypical millennials. That being said, I try and limit my consumption due to the environmental implications of enjoying a fruit that comes from the other […]

Diego Maradona: Embodying a Collective Myth

BristoLatino‘s Pete Keenlyside comments on ‘Diego Maradona’, a film which captures the extraordinary life of the Argentinean footballing icon. The latest documentary by award-winning filmmaker Asif Kapadia tells the story of the Argentinian football icon, Diego Maradona. Combining voiceover interviews, a pulsating soundtrack, and candid footage of Maradona both on and off the pitch, Kapadia delivers […]

Latin American Women in the music industry at London’s FLAWA festival

FLAWA festival seeks to promote the visibility of Latin American women in the UK arts scene and beyond. Last week at FLAWA’s panel discussion, the spotlight was on women in the music industry. BristoLatino’s Rebecca Wilson reports. Female Latin American musicians are underrepresented in the UK. This was the first statement made at FLAWA‘s Women in Music […]

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Jericó: El infinito vuelo de los días

Phoebe Hopson reviews the Colombian film Jericó: El infinito vuelo de los días. Jericó: El infinito vuelo de los días intimately portrays the lives of eight women in the colourful village of Jericó, Antioquia. On the threshold between fiction and documentary film, director Catalina Mesa explores what she describes as “the authentic Colombian female spirit.” When […]

Celebrating Colombia’s Pacific coast at the Petronio Álvarez Festival

Santiago de Cali may be the world’s ‘salsa capital’ but each August the Afro-descendants of the Pacific coast come together in this Colombian city for the biggest celebration of Pacific culture. Zara Huband reports from the Petronio Álvarez festival. Despite its racial diversity, Colombia is still divided with most Afro-descendants living on the coast. The Pacific coast […]

Oil giant BP stained with Colombian blood

The Oil Justice campaign toured around the UK the week before last, airing the incredible testimony of Colombian trade unionist Gilberto Torres. BristoLatino editor Sophie Wall heard him speak in Edinburgh. In May 2015, The Guardian published the remarkable story of Gilberto Torres, the former oil trade unionist from the oil-rich region of Casanare, Colombia. In […]

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