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Monday, 20 May 2019 02:24 am

The sound of Samba rings out in the gardens

HUNDREDS turned out to Latinfest last weekend at the Wellington Botanic Gardens and the numbers have encouraged organisers German Renthal and Lucas Robotham to make it an annual event.

LATIN SALSA: Music and dance entertain the crowd.

“We are definitely thinking about doing it again next year.  The bands enjoyed it so much, they also want to do it again,” Robotham says.

The show attracted all nationalities and ages enjoying the Latin party atmosphere.
“It’s a new version of a festival with a theatrical radio show attaching each performance to each other,” says Renthal.

A constantly changing crowd was entertained from midday until 6pm by several different bands and dance groups.

Wellington Batucada, the popular local Latin percussion band, got people to their feet, and they swung their hips in time to the lively beat.

This was followed with a Brazilian martial arts group performing their training routine to dance, a tambourine providing the beat.

And the weather stayed fine for the rest of the afternoon’s performances as bands including Son Asere, and the Latana Band played Latino music keeping both young and old on their feet.

Both Robotham and Renthal are enthusiastic about the next year’s event, and want to start organising it early.

“We want to get more sponsors next time from commercial trusts, private companies, and get the backing from embassies,” he says.

Judging by the pleasant atmosphere generated this year Latin Fest may become a regular feature in the festival calendar.

Other information

German Renthal and Lucas Robotham have set up the Latinarte Wellington Trust, where local Latin art, culture, music and writing are promoted throughout Wellington.

Renthal runs a weekly radio show called ‘Oye Latino’ to showcase latino music, which appeals to both latino and locals, broadcasting in English and Spanish.

It can be heard on Wellington Access Radio (783AM) every Sunday evening.

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