Carnaval del Sol is hosting a series of virtual and in-person events this summer

Jul 23 2020, 12:15 am

For over a decade, Carnaval del Sol has presented the sounds, flavours and dances of Latin America to Vancouverites and people from all over the Pacific Northwest.

And this year, the festival is inviting everyone to join in the celebrations from their home, at one of their favourite local restaurants, or at one of the in-person events in Vancouver and the North Shore.

Taking place now until August 8, this year marks the 12th edition of the festival Carnaval shines on, and organizers said that “after a thoughtfully planned transformation to ensure we bring joy while staying safe; Carnaval del Sol unveils new, fun, and delicious events for the summer.”

This includes the new online series “Across the Americas:” a series showcasing Latin American culture through music, cooking demos, dance performances, art exhibits, exquisite travel destinations, social innovation initiatives, and much more.

Each episode will feature local, national, and international Latin talent from Vancouver to Patagonia and back. Join Carnival del Sol’s social media to watch the episodes (July 22, 29, August 1, 5 and 8) and capsules for 26 days in a row.

Organizers have also announced a partnership with over a dozen local restaurants and artists to support them during these challenging times.

“Carnaval del Sol is a celebration of life, diversity and human connection; something our community needs more than ever,” said Carnaval Del Sol Executive Director Paola Murillo. “We found a way to connect and celebrate while staying safe, entertained, and positive. This year you will get to experience Latin America from your own home or at one of our local events. We wish to add our part to the resiliency this beautiful city has shown.”

Until August 4, the festival’s Latin American Experience will present various event:

  • Discovering Latin America’s Indigenous Territories (online): On July 25, from 10 am to noon – an online event showcasing the stories and lives of women from Chile, Colombia, Mexico, and Vancouver;
  • Latin American Women Flourishing in Canada (live event): On July 30, from 5:30 pm to 9:00 pm –  at the Loft Lounge at 203-1184 Denman Street. A workshop featuring the sharing of stories by Latin American women and a panel discussion about “Feminism and Leadership.”
  • Flamenco Night (live): On August 4, from 5:30 to 8 pm –  Singing, dancing, and physical distancing between dance couples at the Granville Island Pavilion,

Also this year, Carnaval del Sol is bringing the festivities to restaurants around Metro Vancouver, from August 7 to 9. Participating restaurants include:

  • La Taquería (Mexican),
  • Boteco Brasil Food (Brazilian),
  • Cafe Oca Brazilian Bistro (Brazilian),
  • The Cambie Bar & Grill (Bar Grill),
  • Sal y Limon (Mexican),
  • The Loft Lounge (Caribbean),
  • Bodega On Main (Spanish),
  • Zocalo Modern Cantina (Mexican),
  • La Casita Restaurant (Mexican),
  • Provence Marinaside (Mediterranean),
  • Tequila Cocina (Mexican),
  • Charqui (Caribbean),
  • La Cantina (Mexican).

The North Shore will also be part of the festivities this year.

From August 7 to 9 a mini Carnaval or Carnavalito del Sol will inundate the beloved Lonsdale Quay Market. Visit the market to experience Latin American food, music, and culture!

More details on the entire 2020 program are available on Carnaval del Sol’s website.

Daily Hive is a proud media part of Carnaval del Sol 

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