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Plaza Latina festival takes place in SE17 this Sunday

PARTY TIME: A reveller in full costume during a previous Plaza Latina

ORGANISERS CARNAVAL del Pueblo are bringing a taste of Latin culture to south London with free annual festival Plaza Latina this Sunday August 6.

Now in its seventh year, Plaza Latina will take place from 11am to 9.30pm at Nursery Row Park and East Street Market in Southwark.

"The festival aims to provide a destination for Latin music, art and culture as well as to integrate other cultures in this diverse community", say promotors.


MI CHICA LATINA: A performer takes to the stage

Some of the activities taking place will include live performances from popular international acts, a Latin-American expo, a fair for the under fives and a traditional game of piñata filled with prizes donated by the Royal Central Schoo of Speech and Drama, as well as a showcase of music, dance, carnival costumes, food, arts and crafts from the region.

A Carnaval del Pueblo spokesperson said:

"The diversity of these cultures is reflected in our festival through a great variety of traditional dishes including Venezuelan arepas, Argentinian grilled meats, pupusas from El Salvador and Peruvian ceviche.


IN LIVING COLOUR: A dancer dressed for the occassion

"We are excited to announce performances from acclaimed Colombian singer and composer Gabriel Romero, and award winning salsa group Fruko y sus Tesos. Vallenato, cumbia and salsa are just a few examples of the rhythms that will make you dance all day!".

Carnaval del Pueblo are an association that has been promoting Latin-American culture in London since 1996 and works closely with the local communities gathered around the Elephant & Castle and Seven Sisters areas of London.

Carnaval del Pueblo is also the name of the Latin-American festival that takes place in Burgess Park, also in Southwark, which will return to the capital next summer.

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