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La Feria festival brings Latin America to Liverpool

A festival celebrating the best of Latin American arts and culture takes place across four days in Liverpool later this month.

La Feria will be held from September 23-26.

The festival, one of nine to receive funding from Culture Liverpool’s Without Walls initiative, is being staged by LUMA Creations – an arts and cultural organisation which aims to promote Latin American and diversity arts and artists.

Founder and creative director Francisco Carrasco said: “I’m really looking forward to La Feria 2021, and we’re really proud to be able to bring such an exciting and diverse programme of Latin American arts and culture to the city to help us celebrate LUMA Creations’ 10th anniversary year.

“We hope that everyone who comes and participates enjoys the amazing talent of all the artists and also takes away a little bit of how rich and diverse Latin American culture is.”

The festival opens on Thursday, September 23 with a Latin American Music Night at District in the Baltic Triangle.

Lucas Music Award winner Angelica Lopez and her eight-piece band will headline while there will also be performances from Liverpool groups LUMA Quintet and Katumba Bloco - one of the leading drum ensembles in the UK. The night will also feature DJ Irmita, the UK's first pioneering female Latin DJ.

On Friday, September 24 the Bombed Out Church is the venue for an evening of Latin American dance including companies representing dances from Bolivia, Columbia and Mexico.

Liverpool’s Katumba Bloco and LUMA's own Candombe Troupe are also on the bill along with Mestisa, sharing songs from South America.

Saturday, September 25 sees Liverpool Central Library hosting a free family day of performances – from music to puppetry and mime, workshops, exhibitions and stalls.

And on Sunday, September 26, a programme of pop-up street performances is planned outside Liverpool Central Library and in Georgian Quarter as well as other city centre sites with an array of artists from Peru, Chile, Colombia, Mexico and more.

Funding for the event has also come from the Granada Foundation.

La Feria runs from September 23-26. More information, and tickets to the Thursday and Friday events, HERE

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