Carnaval de Sol is the biggest Latin festival in the Pacific Northwest. Spanning two days, it will be filled with live music, art, dance, sports, and poetry in celebration of Latin American Culture, bringing together more than 350 artists from different Latin American countries.
Carnaval del Sol
Where: Concord Pacific Place (88 Pacific Blvd. Vancouver)
When: July 9th and 10th, 2016 from 9:00am to 10:00pm
Along with a main entertainment stage, Carnaval del Sol recreates the atmosphere of a vibrant city plaza in Latin America with distinct areas filled with food, fun, and entertainment: Food Plaza, Sports Plaza, Kids Plaza, Arts Plaza, Beer Plaza, the YVR Travel Plaza, and the Mercedes Benz Van Family Plaza.
The arts showcased during this event include live musical bands (300 artist), Native Canadian and Latin American visual art, traditional folk dances from different countries, arts and crafts displays, dancing and culinary lessons (1 international chef, 10 local chefs) and a Latin American inspired fashion show.
Latin American Week in Vancouver
Carnaval del Sol is the finale to the 10 day long Latin American Week Festival, highlights of which include:
Canada Day Parade — Latincouver will join the Canada Day parade with its South American ‘Chiva’ bus, adorned with flowers and flags from different Latin American countries. There will be a DJ and dancers on the ‘Chiva’ bus, encouraging people to dance with them to the sounds of the Latin tunes.
Fiesta Blanca White Theme Party — July 1st at 9:00pm at Privé Night Club with DJ Sanchez.
Argentinian Film Night — July 5th featuring two film screenings at The Cinematheque.
International Trova Festival — Poetry and music at Tom Lee Music Hall on July 7th.
Aboriginal Art Exhibition: Latin America & Canada — July 4th to July 8th at the Waterfall Building in Vancouver.
The shared objective of Carnaval del Sol and Latin American Week is to act as a much-needed bridge between Vancouver’s rapidly growing Latin American communities and other communities. Arts and culture are universal languages that unite people and allow cities to grow and thrive.