A young Capoiera performer from Capoeira Aché Brasil on stage at Expo Latino, Aug 17, 2018. © J. Ashley Nixon
Calgary’s hottest outdoor festival, Expo Latino got the city moving last night in a celebration of Latin America’s rich offerings of food, dance, and music. In its 22nd year, this is one of the biggest Latino cultural expressions in Canada.
Friday night was a free access night, with a donation to the Calgary Food Bank. Well over a thousand turned up to celebrate and show off their best latin moves on the dance floor, encouraged by the Festival MCs, Carla Diaz Silva, the Director of Raíces del Perú and Colombian broadcaster, Mauricio Salazar.
Mango Show Band performed latin pop and rock that found a place for a blast of an AC/DC riff. Mafia Latin Power got the dancers up with some smooth salsa vibes. But it was a little boy on the dance floor and a young girl performing Brazilian Capoeira on stage with Calgary dance school Capoeira Aché Brasil that stole the show on Prince’s Island for me.
For more images from Expo Latino 2018, please visit the gallery at J. Ashley Nixon Communications.