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Latin Fiesta heats up Victoria Park this weekend

Free outdoor "Latin Fiesta" shows featuring exotic Latin America music and dance will be presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department this weekend (October 29 and 30) at the Central Lawn of Victoria Park at Causeway Bay. The shows will run from 2pm to 5pm.

The performances on Saturday will feature an exciting joint appearance by Mexico's Grupo Chuchumbe and Claudia Calderon's Piano Llanero Ensemble from Venezuela and Colombia. The two groups will provide an original introduction to Fandango traditions and bring refreshing Latin American music. Palo Santo, of Colombia, will present a variety of Latin American music whereas Puka Soncco, of Peru, will perform traditional Peruvian music. The Andes band will bring a fascinating glimpse of the rhythms, instruments and traditional costumes of Latin American.

On the dance front, people will be enchanted by the colours of Brazilian samba. Local group Tango Tang will showcase the world-famous Argentinean tango. Led by Joseph Ennin, Quick Step will perform energetic salsa performance.

Sunday's show will be equally attractive. Participants can dance non-stop to the music of the World's No.1 Salsa DJ Henry Knowles from New York and jam to the rhythm of the percussion ensemble of Aldo De Bongo, Gabbard, Victor Geronimo and De Kai.

Dancing duo John Narvaez and Liz Rojas from SalsaMania (San Francisco), the LA Salsa Kids (Los Angeles), Tamalyn Dallal (Miami) and the local salsaeros will perform hot and steamy Latin dances.

With guest appearances by the local multi-talented travelling-singer-songwriter Chet Lam and the world-famous Vocal Sampling from Cuba, the music will cross all boundaries and go beyond imagination. Grupo Chuchumbe and Claudia Calderon's Piano Llanero Ensemble, will also perform in the show.

A variety of interesting traditional Latin American games including the exciting pinata game, cute Mexican toys and creative drawing will also be featured in the both days.

For programme details, call 2591 1340.

Ends/Tuesday, October 25, 2005

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