The city of Trondheim, Sør-Trøndelag County, is to become a slightly warmer place this weekend as the Latin Festival tangos into town.
There will be an array of international artists including Latin Grammy Award nominee India and “La Princesa de la Salsa”. Grammy winner DJ Panko and Matt Bianco are also among those on the programme.
The two-day festival on 24 and 25 February will showcase dancers, singers and musicians from Puerto Rica, Cuba, Brazil, Spain, Norway, Argentina and Portugal to mention a few.
Patricia Søreng, Haitian born, New Yorker now living in Trondheim organises and produces the festival. She describes it as a cultural celebration with a “party-like atmosphere uniting people in a fiesta that will expose people to new music, culture, food and art.”
Trondheim-based international comedian Alan Drop will host the event at the Rica Nidelven Hotel.
After having observed rehearsals, the South African-born entertainer states, “The exotic nature of the occasion goes beyond performance into an intercultural celebration that had me paradoxically reminiscing about my years on the Rio de la Plata, whilst simultaneously immersed in the moment. There is something irrestible about the music.”
The festival also reaches into the community with a free children’s day and dance lessons with dance clubs, also visiting nursing homes and schools.
This 15th Latin Festival opens on Friday with a display of Latin American dance styles including merengue, salsa, tango, capoeira, samba, flamenco and more.
The event will crescendo with musical performances intended to get the audiences on their feet. It is a unique coming-together of the international community and Norwegians, injecting some Latin sunshine into the Trondheim winter.
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