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Héctor Álvarez snapshots familiar, foreign and fictional environments

Héctor Álvarez has been a photographer for 10 years, studying Still Photography at the SICA in Argentina and Direction of Photography in the National School of Cinema in his native Colombia and proceeding to work on several films, short films and television series as a still photographer as well as working as Director of Photography […]

Buenos Aires and buena onda in 4 bullet points

Buenos Aires cannot be pinned down, labelled, least of all compared. You will hear that the buildings were designed in the Haussmannien style, but I cannot not agree that the overall architecture looks anything like that of the Parisian avenues; that the terraced homes remind one of Madrid, I am still not convinced. In any case, […]

The tropical dystopia of Labadee

Bristolatino’s Theatre editor Helen Brown reveals the dark truth about Labadee, Royal Caribbean’s privately-owned “paradise island.” Royal Caribbean cruise lines advertise their cruise stop in Labadee, Haiti as “Royal Caribbean’s private island paradise”, which encompasses “what Caribbean living is all about,” boasting beautiful sand beaches, local craft markets, a rollercoaster and a zip line. However, Labadee […]

Art and peacebuilding in Colombia

Marion CHUNIAUD is a Parisienne currently living and studying in Montreal. Besides the artistic community work she does with the aims of social transformation and social cohesion, she is a researcher in International and Intercultural Communications. Marion spent six months in Colombia researching the role of art in social cohesion, female empowerment and peacebuilding, in […]

From the field: anti-mining efforts in Colombia

Tiffany Ip, who currently works for an anti-mining NGO in Colombia, visited landmine victims in La Granja, where she learnt about their long road to receiving reparations. Situated 8 hours north of Bogotá in the Santander department is a small town called Bucaramanga. It was here that I got to spend 5 days with a […]

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 […]

Bogotá, more than just a layover

An insight into the capital of Colombia: a vibrant and energetic city surrounded by the Andes mountains with much more to offer than it seems. 3rd Year Bristol Student Emily Cohen tells us more. Whilst travelling around beautiful Colombia and speaking to other tourists, I discovered that most had only visited Bogotá for a few hours, whilst […]

Carnival 2017: changing faces of the Mulata Globeleza

BristoLatino travel editor Imogen King talks us through the controversial images of women used to advertise annual TV coverage of Carnival in Brazil. The traditional essence of Carnival is intertwined with the infectious spirit of Samba, a music and dance firmly rooted in Afro-Brazilian history. Far more than just a week of partying, Carnival is an important underpinning […]

Brits Abroad

BristoLatino sports editor Joe Brandon asks members of the recently formed No Hablo Español Modern Languages football team how it feels to be an hincha. With the chance to study languages at the University of Bristol comes the chance to travel to the far reaches of the world, including the continent of South America. Those lucky enough to land […]