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Phoebe Hopson

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 […]

Pioneering Manana festival launches in Cuba

BristoLatino editor Phoebe Hopson spoke to Jenner from the Cuban/British non-for-profit Manana about their upcoming music festival in Santiago de Cuba, where electronic and afro-Cuban folkloric music will take to the stage alongside each other. The Cuban/British non-for-profit organisation Manana will showcase the first international electronic music festival in Santiago de Cuba this May. The plan, hatched by Londoners Jenner and Harry alongside […]

Photo focus: Quibdó by Phoebe Hopson

BristoLatino editor-in-chief Phoebe Hopson shares her photo essay on Quibdó. Phoebe captured these images whilst working for La Familia Ayara, a Hip hop NGO based in Bogotá. Quibdó, the capital of El Chocó, is oppressively humid. Dirty and sometimes dangerous, it is a place forgotten by most Colombians and certainly missed off the tourist routes. Surrounded […]

Meet X Planet: Bristolatino’s favourite Anglo-Cuban duo

Bristolatino’s Music editor and joint Editor-in-Chief Phoebe Hopson tells us why X Planet’s first album Xistence is on her most-played tracklist. When the group performed at Bristol University’s Semana Cultural over a year ago, we were all impressed by the music, but also inspired by the unique story behind this Anglo-Cuban partnership. Every year Bristol University’s Semana Cultural puts on a diverse programme […]

The changing sounds of Salvador carnival

Bristolatino joint editor-in-chief Phoebe Hopson looks at the two sides to Salvador Carnival, and discusses what they say about modern Brazilian culture. Salvador, situated in the northern state of Bahia, is the birthplace of Afro-Brazilian culture. Built on a triangular peninsular, the city’s cultural identity has been shaped by the Slave Trade. Despite its murky […]