‘¡VAMOS! made new connections for us and brought new audiences to the museum. It brought sound and joyous activity into the normally peaceful museum.’
NOV 1: Mexican Wrestling
¡VAMOS! Returns June 2015
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Our events and the performers we represent are unique and can be easily tailored to your needs. Working collaboratively we devise the perfect match to ensure an accessible and highly engaging experience.
We believe music, art and dance are paramount to enjoying a happy and healthy life and guarantee our unforgettable events deliver this.
We provide entertainment for the following:
Presented below are just a few examples of our events and testimonials.
Feel free to get in touch with Sara with any questions!
In summary what ¡VAMOS! can do for you!
- Bespoke education projects
- Masterclasses and workshops
- Presentations, lecturing and mentoring
- Session musicians of all genres
- DJs of all genres
- Latin percussion
- Artist and brand development
- Tour management and event planning
- Marketing strategy
- Instructors for all styles: Salsa, Tango, Flamenco, Kizomba, Samba and Zumba
- Presentations and workshops
- Meet and greet, press opportunties
- Event design and delivery
- Venue design and dressing
- From corporate, private to cultural pop-up events
- Circus acts, magicians, face painters, carnival troupes
- Photographers and videographers
- Private music tuition (all instruments)
‘It brought a real sense of rhythm and fun to our Valentine’s Passions and Potions party and we look forward to adding more of their magic to our programme of events in future.’
Claire Byers – Alnwick Gardens
‘On behalf of all staff and pupils, I want to thank you for your entertaining performance. The children talked all week about how much they enjoyed the music. We look forward to welcoming you back in the future.’
Teacher – Grangetown Primary School
Premiering on Saturday June 7 2014 the ¡VAMOS! Mardi Gras is in partnership with the proposed Ouseburn Learning Trust and and is working with two hundred school children and a ¡VAMOS! team including Sara Lourenco, Hannabiell Sanders, Yuvel Soria, Yilis del Carmen Suriel and Garner Harris as well as other artists including Brendan Murphy, Iota Arts and Drumdin.
The Mardi Gras procession starts on 7th June 2014 at 12pm at the corner of Brunswick Place on Northumberland Street, travels up to the top of Northumberland Street and is then followed by twenty minute finale at Newcastle University campus (outside Northern Stage lawn). This will include dance, live music, theatrical flourishes and physical theatre.
There will then be a full day of live music, workshops, exhibitions and food! More info here.
Supported by Ouseburn Learning Trust and Arts Council England
¡VAMOS! offer a mouth watering selection of acts united by their celebration of Latino culture. With high quality musicians, a captivating and professional attitude they are guaranteed to compliment your event! Contact Sara if you’d like to discuss a booking.
Carnival of Crows
Havana Club 5
Tom Mansi and the Icebreakers
Hannabiell & Midnight Blue
In 2014 ¡VAMOS! has commissioned two renowned Brazilian artists.
Flavio Morais will present his art onto a ¡VAMOS! Pavilion and avaf
will transform the entrance to mima. View festival programme to read more!
We work with Arts Council England and regional, national and international partners to deliver diverse commissions, installations, exclusives and interventions with internationally renowned and North East based artists.
Presented below are selected highlights since 2006.
Limited edition ¡VAMOS! 2014 tees from £9!
¡VAMOS! is delivered with support from a diverse network of funders, partners, artists and supporters.
In particular we are grateful to Newcastle University, Arts Council England, The Mexican Embassy and Instituto Cervantes for their continued support in the ¡VAMOS! project.
¡VAMOS! is an annual Latino festival established in North England. Since 2006 it has presented 350 events to an audience of 130,000. In 2013 the consumer reach and PR value were 1.6m and £100,000.
It is supported by Newcastle University, Arts Council England, The Mexican Embassy and Instituto Cervantes.
In celebrating Spanish and Portuguese speaking cultures, it combines cuisine, art, film, theatre, dance, music, literature, fashion, sport and education offering an international festival appealing to partners and diverse mainstream audiences.
2013 presented exclusive commissions with artists Derlon, Juan Pablo Echeverri and Felipe Mujica, performances from Tulipa Ruiz, Cumbé, Los Chinches, film premieres, world renowned guest speakers like Paul Preston, sell-out pop-up restaurants and outdoor carnivals! The combined total audience was over 100,000.
¡VAMOS! 2012 spanned 6 weeks, with 59 events in 35 venues and included a series of commissions developed with curator Pablo León de la Barra with Jaime Gili, Arto Lindsay and Ximena Garrido-Lecca. Alongside this were talks, UK film premieres, food events and more. The total combined audience was 80,000 . Feedback from our audience included, “Unlike any other local festival, far exceeding the quality of nearest competition”. Check the video sampler here.
A 10 day programme with Patricia Oliart joining the team, with a total attendance of 26,000 presented large scale picnic, club Djs, talks, food events and a commission with the world famous Danza Contemporanea de Cuba. The Guardian commented, “!VAMOS! has taken the idea of a Latin Cultural Festival to a whole new level”. Check the short edit here.
Back with a weekender edition, ¡VAMOS! 2009 showcased exhibitions, talks, education programmes and a closing party in a swimming pool!
A 10 day programme packed with over 40 events, working over 20 partners we presented beach parties, dance commissions, international visual artists Los Super Elegantes, Peter Kennard and Murray Close plus a Guinness World Record attempt at the biggest Salsa dance! View the video sampler here.
¡VAMOS! returned for a Weekender edition, with capacity crowds, concerts, exhibitions and films. 75% of the audience was new showing continued growth!
Launching in July 2006, the first ¡VAMOS! presented 77 performances, 168 artists to a total combined audience of 10,000. Junot Diaz winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, said, “Primarily people wanted more of everything! More artists, more countries represented, more music, more food!” View the video sampler or the programme here.
¡VAMOS! is delivered by a passionate team. If you’d like to contribute get in touch!
Nikolas created ¡VAMOS! in 2003 and early on linked with Ian Biddle and Dr. Vanessa Knights from Newcastle University. The festival was developed over the following three years. Nikolas works on festival development, delivery, commissioning, fundraising, design and promotion.
Patricia contributed to one of the best events of the first edition in 2006 (the Martín Chambi exhibition at SIDE Gallery) and since then has contributed inspiring ideas, partnerships and programming. After the 2008 edition she came on board in a more formal capacity to help drive the festival forward. Since then the festival has established richer partnerships and diversity and strengthened it’s ties with Newcastle University.
Sara has worked closely with ¡VAMOS! since 2006 and has recently joined ¡VAMOS! as Creative Producer. Focussed on the development of the Mardi Gras and Paladares projects with an emphasise on the education, programming and event management she is an inspiring and driven team player.
Jill has worked closely on the festival since 2006 and has been vital in ensuring all the events are delivered smoothly and always with a friendly face! She is a huge asset to the festival and to cultural events in the region generally.
Cait has delivered the main PR strategy for the festival since 2010 and also contributed via programming, fundraising and development of the ¡VAMOS! film strands.
Since arriving in the North East she has blazed a trail with grass roots driven musical performances as part of her group Hannabiell and the Ladies of Midnight Blue. She is a performer, composer, producer and all round visionary. She is the lead musician for the ¡VAMOS! Mardi Gras project.
Yilis is a multi disciplinary artist working as a visual artist, costume maker and musician as part of Hannabiell and and the Ladies of Midnight Blue. Yilis is also our costume director for the ¡VAMOS! Mardi Gras project.
Yuvel is a dancer and artist, originally from Bolivia. He was one of the founders of the Tyne Carnival and is the lead choreographer for the ¡VAMOS! Mardi Gras project. Yuvel also teaches Zumba throughout the region.
Paco has been an integral part of the team since the first edition of ¡VAMOS! Paco helped establish the Peña Flamenca events at Dance City in 2011 and Paco has performed and delivered countless additional projects for ¡VAMOS! Ever inspiring and equally talented he is a huge asset to the team.
Richard Berg Rust
Richard Berg Rust (Fellow, Hughes Hall, Cambridge University) has been Development Advisor to ¡VAMOS! since 2012 and has been integral in increasing the impact, scale and ambition of the organisation.