Latin American Heritage Month 2020 Media

Celebrating our National Latin American Heritage Month (Oct 1 – Nov 1, 2020) in Metro Vancouver with music, literature, art, food, & workshops.

This festival celebrates Canada’s National Latin American Heritage Month and provides an opportunity for Latin American Canadian artists to disseminate their work to the public in Metro Vancouver, including music, literature, art, food, and workshops. The Canadian public can link to the works of local Latin American artists through these diverse array of activities that include: The creation of a permanent mural and the creation of a non-religious, but rather cultural and artistic altar, both are public art installations displayed at Lonsdale Quay Market, North Vancouver; an online artist series workshop; and an online presentation by Latin American BIPOC writers.

Latin music, visual art, Literature, Latin American artisans, and culinary arts.

This festival celebrates Canada’s National Latin American Heritage Month and provides an opportunity for Latin American Canadian artists to disseminate their work to the public in Metro Vancouver, including music, literature, art, food, and workshops. The Canadian public can link to the works of local Latin American artists through these diverse array of activities that include: The creation of a permanent mural and the creation of a non-religious, but rather cultural and artistic altar, both are public art installations displayed at Lonsdale Quay Market, North Vancouver; an online artist series workshop; and an online presentation by Latin American BIPOC writers.

The festival attracts 7,500+ participants from all ages and diverse nationalities to engage the public in a series of activities that are presented throughout Metro Vancouver. All our events are open to the public, and due to COVID-19 most of our events are free because they are either presented online or displayed in a public location. Our events are a multicultural celebration of Latin American Culture in BC where we join in with the rest of Canada in celebrating Canada’s National Latin American Heritage month. 

Our artistic choices encapsulate Latin American culture to honor Latin American Heritage Month with a focus on Día de Muertos (Day of the Dead), honoring Latin American women, and heartwarming memories of Latin America. 
Día de Muertos is a Latin American tradition, recognized in countries like Mexico, Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala and Peru. This guides our artistic choices for creating and presenting the altar because Día de Muertos is a cultural remembrance celebration of our dearly departed, with the Altar de Muertos (Altar of the dead) being the most important element. 

This is also the theme of the artist workshops presented by Carmen Keitsch and Clarissa Banos. 

The creation of the mural is based on community input providing space for the community to share their heartwarming memories about Latin America and includes a workshop. Latincouver’s theme for 2020 is Celebrating Latin American Women: Leading transformation in the new decade! Our workshop, finding your voice as a Female Writer: challenges, advantages and lessons learned builds on Latincouver’s annual theme. These female writers were chosen so they can share the process they went through to be published, their journey in finding their voice, how they built their networks, and they will read from their work. Context for activities: The artistic choices of these events and installations were chosen because they speak directly to the Día de Muertos iconography, but also leave room to include symbology that represents different parts of Latin America, which is uncovered through community dialogue and participation. 

Presenting a series of events through the arts that provide a meaningful way to remember, celebrate, and educate the public about the Latin American culture in Metro Vancouver and online, providing space for everyone to fully participate in Canada’s National Latin American Heritage Month. This includes access for individuals who might not otherwise be able to participate or experience Latin-American culture.


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@governmentofbc
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@redcrosscanada
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Breast Cancer Awareness Forum

Place & Time: Online (Zoom) 5:30pm – 7pm

Latincouver is committed to increasing breast cancer awareness, educating the community to improve screening practices. We will bring together real stories with women who survived to breast cancer and create capsules for the public to see. In addition this event will be presented by Dr. Don Mckenzie who is a global leader in the science of cancer and exercise, his research has had a significant impact on improving the lives of women with breast cancer. And he will be answering questions that the public and the Latin American immigrants will be interested in.

How To Deal With Racism During Covid-19

Place & Time: Online (Zoom) 5:30pm – 7pm

Speaker: Manpreet Dhillon

Ranked #15 globally on the 2020 EmPower Ethnic Minority Future Leaders list, Manpreet Dhillon is an equity, diversity, and inclusion specialist with a unique lens as a leadership coach for women with culturally diverse backgrounds who want to have an equal seat at the table with equal pay. She focuses on creating systemic change to address institutionalized inequalities through representation from the communities being served.

Latin American Artist Series Workshop “Decorating Catrinas with Carmen Keitsch”

Place & Time: Online (Zoom) 5:30pm – 7pm

Website: http://carmenkeitsch.myartchannel.com/portfolio/prints/2554-may

Social Media: https://www.redbubble.com/people/ckeitsch/shop

Born in 1967 in the small town of Navolato, Sinaloa, Mexico she discovered her passion for the arts and classical music early in her life. Carmen moved to Canada in 1989 where she began to explore Pre-Hispanic folk art combining symbolism, poetry and color. History and culture of the native Aztec and Maya people of North America are strongly reflected in her art. Her paintings also display a profound spiritual meaning of her life journey and those around her.

Altar de Muertos 

Location: Lonsdale Quay Market – North Vancouver 

Día de Muertos is a remembrance celebration of our dearly departed, being the Altar de Muertos the most important element. 

We are teaming up with the Quay Market in order to set up a beautiful altar commemorating this beautiful tradition celebrated in some Latin American Countries like Mexico, Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala and Peru. The public will be able to appreciate it anytime during the entire month. 

UNITY COMEDY NIGHT!

Date: October 16th.   

Place: Online (Zoom workshop)

Time: 5:30pm – 7:00pm 

Join Unity host Janet Law for an evening of carefree laughter as the two gifted comedians Jaques Lalonde and Bill Santiago will help us appreciate the lighter side of life! 

EXPLORING ANCESTRAL KNOWLEDGE FOR WATER STEWARDSHIP 

Date: October 20th, 21st and 22nd

Place: Online

Join us in this exciting virtual hackathon where local and global indigenous communities, alongside designers and programmers will converge to identify, learn and share the many methods and techniques indigenous communities have used for water management, protection and stewardship.

Latin American Female Writers Assembly

Place & Time: Online (Zoom) 5:30pm – 7pm

Length: 5-15 minutes each

Latin American female writers read a chapter, poem or short story for the audience of Latincouver’s channels and social media while also telling a brief story of their work, challenges and accomplishments.

Lineup to be defined.

Coping As A New Immigrant In Canada

Place & Time: Online (Zoom) 5:30pm – 7pm

This workshop will provide tools, support and a safe environment where new immigrants can learn more about how to avoid online misinformation or threats and build community resilience to move forward.

We also want to share tools and advice on how to maintain a good mental health during these uncertain times.

LATINCOUVER ARTISTS SERIES Workshop: Paloma Morales 

Date: October 26th.

Place: Online (Zoom workshop)

Time: 5:30pm – 7:30pm 

Learn how to create your own altar de muertos at home with Paloma.

Paloma Morales was born in Mexico and at the age of 25 she moved to study in London, England, then lived in Sydney Australia where she was Vice-President of MAWAI (Mexican Australian Association INC) Representing the Mexican community in Australia Paloma and her team promoted Mexican culture through different events in different locations in Sydney. 

In the last three years its altars have obtained the first places in the Altars contest of the Mexican consulate in Vancouver. Since last year Paloma by the hand of Latincouver have exhibited the altar of the dead in Vancouver for the general public inviting them to witness that this Mexican tradition is more alive than ever.

Latin American Artist Series Workshop “Painting Catrinas with Clarissa Banos”

Place & Time: Online (Zoom) 5:30pm – 7pm

Website: https://www.clarissabanos.com/ 

Social Media: https://www.instagram.com/clarissabanosart/
Clarissa is a visual artist and graphic designer originally from San Salvador, El Salvador. Living in beautiful British Columbia, Canada, for over 18 years. She has been drawing, painting and creating art for as long as she can remember and being able to share her work with the rest of the world today is a great honor and privilege for her, as woman and as an artist!

Latin American Artist Series Workshop “Learning with Ari De La Mora”

Place & Time: Online (Zoom) 5:30pm – 7pm

Website: https://www.aridelamora.art/ 

Event: Commemorative mural & Latin American Artist Series 

Social Media: https://www.instagram.com/ari_delamora/?hl=en

Ari is a self-taught figurative painter born and raised in Mexico. Ari holds a degree in Advertising with a specialization in Creative Visualization from the University of Communications in Mexico City. After moving to Canada, she began participating with the Vancouver Art Gallery.

IndigeCUMBRE DE SANADORAS: La sanación espiritual desde las mujeres afro e indígenas en Colombianous Women Of The Americas Forum

Date: October 29th.   

Place: Online (Zoom)

Time: 9am – 11am 

La mujer Indigena, Afro y Palenquera salvaguarda un legado ancestral en el manejo, uso y control del territorio el cual sirve como proceso de autocuidado corporal, y el devenir de la comunidad. En esta oportunidad, las mujeres dialogan desde sus conocimientos, en un compartir de saberes que sirvan como aportes para que los participantes comprendan las practicas de sanacion y proteccion como una alternativa a la salud occidental

Latin American Artist Series – Guitar Workshop “Play latino vibes with Kin Balam”

Place & Time: Online (Zoom) 5:30pm – 7pm

At the age of 22, Antonio searched to find a musical style that truly spoke to him. Born in El Salvador, Antonio moved to North America as a child with his family, who were political refugees. Antonio says he had a difficult youth surrounded by poverty, violence and racism. As he got older he became more interested in playing music and at the age of 22, he traveled to Madrid, Spain to study under the great flamenco musician, Jeronimo Maya.

Latin American Artist Series Workshop “David Espinosa”

Place & Time: Online (Zoom) 5:30pm – 7pm

David Espinosa, also known as el Dee, is an illustrator and cartoonist living in Cholula, México. He has published a couple of comics in México and his work appeared in artworks and art shows all over the world. He won the “Best graphic novel” in Mexico’s Tierra Adentro awards in 2018. Right now he is working in his new graphic novel that will be published by Editorial Planeta in 2021.

Commemorative Mural

Place: Lonsdale Quay Market – North Vancouver 

Time: 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm

In this activity we will be working with a Latin American artist based in Vancouver to create a colourful and beautiful mural that will portray the most heartwarming memories and experiences the public will be sharing with us. The mural will be permanently shown at the Quay Market allowing people to visit it anytime. Latincouver will invite followers to share their memories and favourite places in Latin America using the #latinmural2020

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