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Latin America in Bristol

A Soulful Evening with Carla Morrison

Elias Ephron reviews the Mexican alternative indie artist and Latin Grammy winning musician Carla Morrison’s recent intimate Bristol Show. The Mexican singer Carla Morrison’s May 3rd Concert at The Station was – in a word – angelic. With that I refer not just to the singer’s vocals, which enveloped the small space in a cloud […]

THE ROAD TO PEACE: LESSONS FROM COLOMBIA

BristoLatino politics editor Alfred Davies reports from The Road to Peace: Lessons from Colombia, a two-part interdisciplinary event hosted by the University of Bristol’s Global Insecurities Centre on 31 January 2019. Host Laura Hankin was joined by panellists Dr Andrei Gómez-Suarez and Gwen Burnyeat of UCL, who carefully unpicked the complexities of ending war and building […]

History, Memory and Politics in Venezuela: A Talk By Inés Quintero

  Inés Quintero, one of the leading historians in Venezuela, a Professor at the Universidad Central de Venezuela and a visiting Benjamin Meaker Fellow at the University of Bristol gave a talk about the political use of history in contemporary Venezuela which Bristolatino editor Zara Huband attended. Quintero was joined by a panel of experts in the […]

A lesson in chance: A conversation with sound artist Maria Chavez

Born in Lima, Peru but currently based in New York, Maria Chavez is an improvisational and experimental sound artist, turntablist, DJ and author of the book, Of Technique: Chance Procedures on Turntable. Following Chavez’s recent Bristol performance, Bristolatino’s Chloe Budd caught up with her via email. When asked beforehand what the audience could expect from her […]

The WATI Collective: Supporting Indigenous Artisans of Colombia

Bristolatino Art Editor Moné Betterton had the opportunity to meet with José, one of the founders of the Wati Collective- an online business which sells a range of hand-made products made by indigenous artisans in rural Colombia.   The Wati Collective (“wati” meaning woman in Arhuac) came to life after José and his friend Jess found […]

Ariwo: exploring the fusion of electronic and Afro-Cuban sounds

In celebration of their fourth birthday, on Saturday 29th September Bristol-based Worm Disco Club collaborated with Manana//Cuba to transform Bedminster venue Fiddlers and to bless Bristol with a night of musical mastery. Bristolatino’s Chloe Budd reports.   The evening opened with Bristol’s own 8-piece instrumental group Tezeta, hailing from local musical collective ‘Bloom’. Taking their […]

Redefining Dancehall With Lei Di Dai

Last week Bristol was blessed with its first Love Carnival, an event run by Movimientos, a London-based events company and record label, with Lei Di Dai, the Brazilian Queen of Dancehall, headlining. BristoLatino’s Zara Huband reports.   Love Carnival celebrates Tropical, Afro, Brazilian styles and is usually held in South London’s Bussey Building. Bristolatino spoke […]

Playing for the Peruvian national cricket team

Our sports editor James Williams tells of his experience representing the Peruvian national cricket team on his year abroad, and weighs up the dangers of promoting colonial sports in Latin America. Waiting to walk on and represent the Peruvian national cricket team in Bogotá, I admittedly felt a little smug. However, as I glanced around at my […]

This month we’re reading…Reinaldo Arenas

Every month, we tell you which Latin American authors we are reading. Taking many different forms and featuring writers stretching the whole of the South, Central and North America, we bring to you a wide selection of the works that are stirring literary interests. This month, Literature Editor Isaac Norris writes about Reinaldo Arenas, an LGBT […]