Latin Spirit festival in Bermagui to evoke passion for culture

FIESTA: Feeling the Latin Spirit are flamenco dancer Rachel Bretones, classical accordionist James Crabb, tango dancers Emily-Rose Sarkova and Refik Unluer with baritone Jose Carbo. Photo: Wilmer Perez Ronderos

FIESTA: Feeling the Latin Spirit are flamenco dancer Rachel Bretones, classical accordionist James Crabb, tango dancers Emily-Rose Sarkova and Refik Unluer with baritone Jose Carbo. Photo: Wilmer Perez Ronderos

This Easter weekend brings a festival celebrating flamenco and tango culture to Bermagui.

The Latin Spirit festival aims to evoke the drama, romance and excitement of the style of music and dance it will celebrate. 

Four Winds’ producer and audience development specialist Frank Madrid has a close connection with Latin American music as he is originally from Venezuela, so he knows how alluring flamenco and tango can be. 

“On one hand they have become universal because they are heard by people of all cultures and the reason why this happened is because people have images of what flamenco and tango sound like,” he said. 

“They evoke feelings of passion, love and drama, and I think those are things that every human being experiences.” 

The festival will start on Saturday with tango and flamenco workshops at the Bermagui Community Centre before a performance at the Four Winds site in Barragga Bay from 7pm by an exceptional group of musicians called Tango Jam 2. 

At the site on Sunday from noon is a concert by one of Australia’s finest baritones Jose Carbo, Hindustani and flamenco band Rasa Duende and modern flamenco music and dance ensemble Bandaluzia.

That night at the Bermagui Community Centre will be a fiesta with international DJs, Latin American dance workshops and tango and flamenco performances. 

They evoke feelings of passion, love and drama, and I think those are things that every human being experiences. - Four Winds producer Frank Madrid

Mr Madrid said the festival was a chance to invite new people to experience what Four Winds had to offer aside from its biennial classical music festival.  

“The aim is to offer something unique and different every year during the Easter period, on the off-years of the Four Winds Festival,” he said. 

He said holding the Latin Spirit festival in Bermagui, half a world away from Latin America, was the perfect opportunity to demonstrate the theory that humans, regardless of where they are, can be moved by powerful experiences.

“Having a look at the magnificent level of musicians that are coming, I’m confident the people of Bermagui and those visiting will be amazed,” he said. 

For more information visit  www.fourwinds.com.au

Jose Carbo with Slava and Leonard Grigoryan

Rasa Duende Woodford Festival

Bandaluzia Flamenco live at The 505

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