launch event: 15 - 18 March 2018
Launching the ANNUAL Johannesburg Afro-Latin Festival
The Johannesburg Afro-Latin Festival is to be an annual event celebrating and promoting Afro-Latin dance and music in Johannesburg and South Africa. the first full festival will take place in 2019, with a launch event 16-18 March 2018.
Afro-Latin dance and music is dynamic and globally evolving. There are communities in the far corners of the world promoting and developing a plethora of music and dance styles -- with roots firmly in Africa. There is also an increasing international interest in Afro-Beat music, for example, and African dance styles, providing a natural opportunity to explore the 'Afro' in 'Afro-Latin'.
In Johannesburg and around South Africa there is a significant and growing Afro-Latin social dancing and music scene with many organisations and companies offering classes, events and performances as well as musicians, bands and specialist DJs.
The event aims to be an enlightening and entertaining experience for local and international guests, focusing on salsa, bachata, kizomba and Afro-beat initially, and an opportunity to learn more about the provenance and development of these genres and styles.
The Launch event will take place in the heart of Johannesburg's dynamic Braamfontein neighbourhood, on the rooftop of the building housing the famed Neighbourgoods Market. With two floors as well as delicious market stalls, the festival launch workshops and parties will be well-catered for from all angles!
Location: Thirteen, 73 Juta Street
Because we wanted something that was more than a dance congress, we are working to coordinate music and dance education workshops and seminars that offer knowledge, focused training and fun for dancers, music and dance enthusiasts and even musicians, along with a stream for absolute beginners.
The Launch will take place over three official days -- Friday 16, Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 March 2018 -- and feature:
- 30+ workshops over three days
- Dance, music and general education workshops and seminars
- All flavours of salsa, bachata, kizomba and even some Afro-Beat!
- Welcome Party - Friday 16 March
- Official Launch Party - Saturday 17 March
- Pre-party on Thursday 15 March
- After-party on Sunday 18 March
We are collaborating with Joburg's famous Neighbourgoods Market and surrounding spots in Braamfontein to create a village environment. We hope to bring you a fun and educational experience that also gives residents and visitors a taste of Jozi's vibrant energy. Remember this is our launch event and we also aim to celebrate!
Olu Olu (Olu Kongi) and MamboCat (Catherine Peter) have founded the Festival as a means to celebrate Afro-Latin dance and music and the genre's capacity to bring people and communities together.