The University of Bristol’s “Department of Hispanic, Portuguese & Latin American Studies” extended an invitation to all Latin Americans living in Bristol to reunite socially, enjoy tapas, drinks, music & to share ideas & some of your experiences of being a Latin American in this city. This was general research designed to identity issues and concerns, joys and personal testimonies with the overall aim of increasing local awareness of the diversity of Latin American culture.
Visual presentation: Note: map of Latin America in the visual presentation does not include every nation’s flag.
Michael Jacobs gave a reading & discussion on his travel book, The Robber of Memories to a full house on Thursday 21st March at Stanfords Travel bookshop, 29 Corn Street, Bristol. The event included riverboat music by ‘Up, Bustle & Out’, interpreting various songs from the film soundtrack, ‘Love in the time of cholera’, as well as food & wine.
Cuffy ‘El Guapo’ playing Flamenco guitar; Eugenia Ledesma, vocals and percussion; Rupert Medd, flutes and percussion; photography and filming, Marcos Sharry.
Dream Of Land and Freedom
‘Toasters’, Michael Jacobs and Tony, South America book and map section, Stanfords, Bristol, 2013.
The Río Magdalena carves through the heart of Colombia & is emblematic of the fascination & tragedy of South America – for centuries it was one of the primary routes into South America’s interior. In 2011, Michael Jacobs travelled its entire length. In his talk and book, he conveyed the intricacies of the river’s voices & history, describing exploration, memory, a chance meeting with Gabriel García Márquez, environmental decline & political violence.
The evening was supported by the University of Bristol, the Arts & Humanities Research Council’s ‘Cultural Engagement Fund’ & Stanfords Travel and Maps.
‘X Planet’, Holly Holden and Alain Artola, performed funky Caribbean fusion music at the ‘Semana Cultural’ on 14th March 2013. Holly had previously studied in the ‘Department of Hispanic, Portuguese and Latin American Studies’ at the University of Bristol, then went to Cuba where she built her band.
Live in Havana – The Perfect Recipe
The University of Bristol’s ‘Department of Hispanic, Portuguese and Latin American Studies’ offered a full week of events celebrating the creative and eclectic aspects to Latin American culture growing throughout Bristol. These included singers in Indigenous languages, esteemed Argentine and Chilean poets, and classical musicians interpreting Tango, Bossa Nova and Samba.
These events were intended to provide Latin American artists with the opportunity to show their work and to discuss their lives by engaging with students and the general public. It is part of a project which aims to strengthen cross-cultural links among Latin Americans in Bristol and stimulate a deeper awareness of Latin American culture within the city’s already diverse population.
Many thanks to the week’s sponsors: The Arts & Humanities Research Council’s ‘Cultural Engagement Fund’, Santander Bank & the University of Bristol.
Click here for a YouTube video capturing the week’s performances and atmosphere (6mins). Music by ‘Up, Bustle & Out’.