La Clave @ The Crouch End Festival

Saturday 18th June, a day packed with FREE Latin music, dance, film, art, theatre, sport, food and drink, as part of the UK’s biggest community arts festival. Join us in N8, North London’s most vibrant community, from 10am till late!




LUIGI TEXIDOR, special guest and Puerto Rican Salsa legend

Born in Puerto Rico, Luigi Texidor is considered one of the best Sonoros (improvisers) in the Salsa game. Luigi has been the lead vocalist of Puerto Rico’s legendary band La Sonora Ponceña  and the Bobby Valentin Orchestra as well as being part of the seminal Fania All Stars.

Like his Cuban counterparts, at 81 years of age, Luigi is a cherished patriarch of Latin Caribbean music, and shows no signs of slowing down, with a voice and stage presence that has defied time and still vows crowds around the world.

8.30pm main stage

Dorance Lorza and Sexteto Café
Main Stage, Outside Hornsey Town Hall, Broadway N8, 6.00pm
One of the leading bands in the vibrant and exciting London salsa scene since they formed in 1996 and pioneers of the worldwide “salsa con vibes” revival.

Gerardo de Armas & Sus Amigos
LIVE MUSIC – Afro-Cuban Main Stage, Outside Hornsey Town Hall, Broadway N8, 3.30pm
Cuban born Gerardo is a great vocalist and percussionist who honed his skills with the world famous group “Clave y Guaguanco” for over 10 years. Now based in London, he runs a series of projects including this “rumba” crew alongside some of the UK most skilled Afrocuban drummers

La Explosión
LIVE MUSIC – Flamenco
Main Stage, Outside Hornsey Town Hall, Broadway N8A, 2.30pm
New-Flamenco collective, based in North London, re-creating the very best songs of Latin Culture infecting them with our world music style and turned in to Rumba Flamenco, creating a a lively and dynamic performance.ón

 Mike Kalle and La Raza Collective
LIVE MUSIC – Latin Hip Hop Main Stage, Outside Hornsey Town Hall, Broadway N8 9JJ, 4.30pm
Winner of the LUKAS Award 2015 for Urban Act, Mike Kalle is the UK’s beats Latin rapper the leading light of the young creative latino community.

La Kasha LIVE MUSIC – Electropica/World/Alternative
Main Stage, Outside Hornsey Town Hall, Broadway N8, 5.00pm
La Kasha is a brand new crew of producers and musicians that bring together the tradition of Afrolatino folk music with the cutting edge sound of London electronic music scene. Rico, because it is full of Latin American tropical flavor, Reconstruction, because it is reconstructing traditional rythmns into a new modern urban sound.

Main Stage, Outside Hornsey Town Hall, Broadway N8, 7.00pm
Is North London ready for the pounding of Samba drums coming down the road? This samba parade will start at Hornsey Library and arrive outside Hornsey Town Hall. Based in Morro de São Paulo, Bahia, Brazil , TRIBO is an international non-profit cross-cultural drumming and dance music project.

Purple Dads
Main Square, Outside Hornsey Town Hall, Broadway N8, 12.00PM
Hear the sound of the next bi-cultural generation. Nine-year-old singer-songwriter and multi- instrumentalist Naira Dunton-Vera, daughter of acclaimed Bolivian classical pianist Ana Maria Vera, leads a band of Year 5 Latino-British talent, including Chilean-Spanish pianist Jack Vargas.

Maria Jose
Main Square, Outside Hornsey Town Hall, Broadway N8, 
Another example of budding Latin talent in London, 16-year-old singer song writer Maria Jose Hayaux du Tilly S., 16, recently won Battle of the Bands competition, making her the first Mexican to perform at the Isle of Whyte Festival’s Hey Joe tent . She follows her festival debut with La Clave Fest.



DANCE SHOW – Brazilian
Main Square, Outside Hornsey Town Hall, Broadway N8
3 times LUKAS winners DanceMyWay, run by Monika Molnar is considered one of the UK’s leading Samba dance schools. Monika is the resident Samba dance teacher at Pineapple Studios. After her show Monika will give a Samba Dance workshop in the Town Hall;

Dancemyway Samba Kids
This term award wnning samba teacher Monika Molnar has been teaching children how to dance Samba. The budding Dancemyway Samba stars will perform onstage

Dance of the Morenos
DANCE/PARADE – Bolivian traditional
Bolivia’s most spectacular dance, the dance of the Morenos or Morenada is from in the Bolivian Altiplano (high Andes), where some participants disguise as black people, it also mocks white men (Spanish conquerors) who are depicted leading imported African slaves usually wearing a mask with exaggerated facial features. The parade will start at Hornsey library and move to outside Hornsey Town Hall.


Fernando KBSon
Main Square, Outside Hornsey Town Hall, Broadway N8
DJ SET – Salsa
Three times LUKAS winner for Tripcal DJ of the Year, Fernando is THE DJ of choice for London’s plethora of Salsa clubs. One of London’s salsa music pioneers and its most loved Latino DJs , he has been the resident DJs in London’s most iconic salsa nights, delivering tunes to his salsa church goers every week for almost two decades.

Saul Maya
DJ SET – Crossover
Main Square, Outside Hornsey Town Hall, Broadway N8
Hailing from Ecuador this LUKAS Award winning DJ is one of the Latin Communities most popular Latin DJs

DJ Deoh
DJ – Crossover
Main Stage, Outside Hornsey Town Hall, Crouch End Broadway, N8 9JJ
Deoh is one of the most versatile DJs in London and one of the pioneers of the urban Latin scene.

Javier La Rosa
DJ – Cuban
Main Stage, Outside Hornsey Town Hall, Crouch End Broadway, N8 9JJ
The number one Cuban DJ in the UK, Javier is the man when it comes to all genres coming from the Island. A people’s favorite!


Morning Zumba with Belkys Ledezma
10-11am Main Square, Outside Hornsey Town Hall, Broadway N8
Crouch End’s very own Venezuelan Amazon goddess and favourite Zumba teacher gets Crouch end into the spirit and ready to take on the Latin day with a morning Zumba class for all the family. Belkys has been running her own regular Zumba classes, N6 Zumba at Jacksons Lane for 5 years, transporting mums, dads and kids to Latin America.

Castells – A Catalan Human Tower
Main Square, Outside Hornsey Town Hall, Broadway N8 – 4PM
Yes, Crouch End’s very own Human Tower, aka “Castells” in Catalan, performed by Castellers of London, a group of Catalans, English and other dare-devils bringing this centuries-old tradition to London.

Mexican Wrestlers on the Loose
Be on your best behavour, folks! Lucha Britannia is sending some of its most feared and revered warriors to show Crouch Enders how to wrestle the Mexican way, ahead of “The Greatest Spectacle of Lucha Libre” at York Hall in July, where they will confront their Mexican nemesises.



Spinning Crouch End Dreams
Hilanda, a spatial private detective looking for clues in the fleeting experiences of city life arrives in North London. From Tuesday 14th June, you’ll find her outside Hornsey Town Hall, inviting passers by to write a dream on the tape, which will continue inside the Town Hall, mapping the entire ground floor of this iconic landmark, until the tape forms a chain of dreams. The chain is removed on the afternoon of June 18th, resulting in a small sculpture memory of this corner of London and the Town Hall. Tania Lopez-Winkler is an award winning Mexican artist.


Crouch End Copa America
SPORT/KIDS 11am – 3pm
In celebration of the centenary of the Copa America (the Latin American Euros), an inter-school Futsal Copa America will be run inside the Hornsey Town Hall


La Pajara Pinta Spanish Sing-along
Come and join la Pajara on her tr1.30pm Crush Hall, Inside Town Hall

Amilo Menjura’s Spanish Sing-along
A fun and friendly Spanish singsong with award-winning Colombian singer, guitarist. Camilo is loved by Londoners, not only as an artist but as a community leader and choir master. £5 1.30pm Crush Hall, Inside Town Hall

Fadi’s Salsa Workshop
Dance Workshop
Fadi is the founder of the FK Dance Company and artistic director of La Rueda del Mundo School. His dance workshop will follow the kids’ performance.
2.30pm Studio 4, Inside Hornsey Town Hall


Latin America in Focus
Organized by the Latin American Bureau, a series of lectures by experts on Latin American politics and society.

  • 11am – The State, Policing & Repression in Latin America by Ali Rocha
  • 12 noon – Argentina After the Kirchners by Marcela Lopez Levy & Nick Caistor
  • 1pm – Rosa: the Story of a Nicaraguan Family by Fiona Macintosh
  • 2pm – Brazil: Crisis & Tragedy & launch of Brazil by                David Lehmann
  • 3pm – Brazilian Music & the Politics of Black Identity by David Treece
  • 4pm – Ortega’s Sinking Canal by Russell White
  • 5pm – The Fight for Indigenous People’s Rights in the Amazon by iona Watson

Council Chamber, Hornsey Town Hall, N8 9JJ

Being Latin in London
Patria Roman, whose organization Latin Elephant was awarded a community service LUKAS by Bianca Jagger, talks about the Latino regeneration process in Elephant and Castle and London6pm, Council Chamber, Hornsey Town Hall, N8 9JJ


Alex Etchart’s Latin song book

British-Uruguayan co-director of the acclaimed Sex Worker’s Opera performs Latin American protest songs from the 1970s. 5pm The Undercroft


Latinolife After Party

For those who don’t want the party to stop, N-Rich AKA Dj Lionheart & guests present a special birthday gathering. Kaleidoscopic music from the future and the past. Bless the dance!9pm onwards, Supper Room, Hornsey Town Hall, N8 9JJ




Gabo – The Creation of Gabriel Garcia Marquez
FILM and Q&A
3.30pm Crouch End Picturehouse, Tottenham Lane, N8
How did a boy from a backward town on the Caribbean coast become a writer who won the hearts of million? The answer lies in the incredible story of Gabriel Garcia Marquez, the1982 Nobel Prize winner for Literature and author of the masterpiece One Hundred Years of Solitude. The film is a story about the incredible power of human imagination, which follows the interwoven threads of Gabriel García Márquez’s life and work – “Gabo” to all of Latin America – with the narrative tension of an investigation. Following by Q&A with the director producer Kate Horne
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Gilles Peterson presents Havana Rumba Sessions
6pm Crouch End Picturehouse, 165 Tottenham Ln, London N8 9BY
The latest chapter in the longstanding relationship between Gilles Peterson and the music of Cuba, this feature-length documentary by Charlie Inman sees him explore the roots of rumba.

Made in Mexico
Downstairs @ Rileys, Crouch End Broadway, N8, 9.00PM
Hecho en Mexico showcases the richness of Mexican music both young and old, from traditional music to pop rock and rap blended with interviews from Diego Luna, Lila Downs and many more leading personalities. The result is an inspiring and often funny musical road trip through modern day “Mexicanity”, which resonates globally. Followed by Q&A with Duncan Bridgeman.   £3 on the door

Batalha do Passinho (Passinho Dance Off)
Rileys, 7pm
Passinho is a dance craze and viral internet sensation that’s swept across Rio de Janeiro. It’s made superstars of its most mercurial performers, championing the creativity, ingenuity and passion born in the city’s favelas and suburbs. This documentary, directed by Emílio Domingos, follows the key performers in the run up to a city-wide dance battle to crown the king of passinho. But it takes an unexpected turn when one of them goes missing. Winner at the Festival of Rio in 2012.
£3 on the door


Colombia in Focus
6.15pm (Following’ Gabo’), Community Room, Crouch End Picturehouse, Tottenham Lane, N8 ‘How we achieved peace in Colombia’ by Kristian Herbolzeimer, one of the advisors to the Colombian Peace Process talks about how they made peace after 50 years of war.

30 ACCOMPANYING HOPE by Ann Wright. On June 18th Peace Brigades International celebrates 30 years of a unique accompanipent programme that has allowed human rights defenders in Colombia, Mexico and Guatemala to carry out their work. Crouch Ender Ann Wright was one of PBI’s unarmed bodyguards in Colombia at the age of 60. She recounts her experiences and explains why PBI has been instrumental in achieving peace in Colombia.


Camilo Menjura’s Spanish Sing-a-long
3pm-3.45pm Moors Theatre, Park Road, N8
A fun and friendly Spanish singing with award-winning Colombian singer, guitarist and choir master. Camilo is loved by Londoners, not only as an artist but as a community leader. Camilo’s passion for Choral and A Cappella music, has taken him to festivals as an arranger and choir master leading school choirs, the ‘SOAS University World Music choir’ and the ‘LOLCHOIR.’

Piñata making
12pm onwards Harris & Hoole
Learn how to make your own piñatas with papelcrafter


Silvina Soria @ Jealous
15th – 19th June 10am-6pm, Jealous Gallery, Park Road, N8
Silvina Soria is an Argentine Sculpture who works with different materials, each of them exploring the diverse particularities of the three dimensions.

Sonia Ciruelo @ Jealous
Sonia Ciruelo is a mixed media artist and mural painter from Barcelona, who juxtaposes acrylic paint mixed with fabric and paper collage on canvas.

Alex Vargas @ Jealous
Alex Vargas is a Chilean Born artist who has worked as a muralist for clients around Europe, notably at Casa Batllo, a famed Gaudi landmark in Barcelona.

Maria Cabrera
On Display from 10th till 20th June, at Floral Hall, Haringey Park, N8
Maria Cabrera’s style is influenced by her Colombian upbringing in the 70s and the 6 months she spent in Japan studying glazing and decoration.

Julio Etchart
Sable D’or café, Crouch End Broqdway
Julio Etchart has long been at the cutting edge of contemporary photojournalism. At home wherever in the world he happens to be working, nowhere is taken as exotic or ‘other’ ; the focus is always on the story, never its trapping

Alejandro Gortazar
Pradera Restaurant 14 High St. London N8 7PB
LUKAS Award winning Cuban photographer Alejandro Gortazar exhibits ‘Las Parrandas de Remedios’ a celebration of Cuban identity and solidarity. The artist captured this spectacular collection of photographs during the annual celebrations in the small town of San Juan de los Remedios, a music, lights and fireworks event which takes place on 24th December each year.


Leila Segal
3pm Porky’s 4 Topsfield Rd, London N8
Leila Segal reads from her debut book of short stories ‘Breathe’, which explores the complex nature of love and relationships between Cubans and foreign visitors. Accompanied by the extraordinary Classical guitar virtuoso Ahmed Dickenson.

Leonardo Boix presents Mar de Noche
4pm Porky’s 4 Topsfield Rd, London N8 8PR
Argentinian journalist, writer and poet, whose work explores the philosophical issues around identity, nationhood, memory, being an immigrant and homeland. presents his second book of poems.

Alejandro Madrigal presents Days of Rage.
7.30pm, Coolhurst Tennis Club, Coolhurst Road, N8 8eu
Fresh out of medical school, a young doctor goes to work in Coyoxitlepec, a small, forgotten, town in the middle of nowhere, to practice medicine with the best of intentions to make a difference to the community. He will find a town overwhelmed by violence and corruption, where the community uses fantasy, indifference and tolerance as their only way of surviving. This inspiring and heartfelt novel brings alive charming town characters, whilst recounting both the physical illness and moral disease that affects a fictional community in the beautiful but fierce and chaotic Mexico. Alejandro Madrigal is a Mexican-British world-recognised academic and award-winning researcher in the field of stem cell transplantation, who combines his technical expertise and own experiences with a vivacious imagination, to brilliantly present his opera prima.

8pm, Moors Theatre, Park Road N8
Revolutionary, proto-feminist, underground spy and the beating heart of South American liberation, Manuela Saenz died in poverty, all but forgotten by the history books – until now. Blending storytelling, physical theatre, comedy and live music, Lecoq-trained Tamsin Clarke brings Manuelaʼs story of love, loss and revolution vibrantly to life. With accompaniment by Colombian musician and guitarist Camilo Menjura.


Ahmed Dickinson
3pm Porkys, 4 Topsfield Parade, N8
Classical guitar virtuoso, hailing from Cuba, accompanies author Leila Segal as she reads from Breathe, a book of short stories set in Cuba

Luiz de Almeida Brazilian Jazz Quartet
9pm, The Coolhurst Tennis Club, Coolhurst Road, N8 8EL
One of London’s longest established Brazilian guitarists, Luiz has formed many Brazilian Jazz bands. Here is brings his latest formation – a Brazilian Jazz Quartet