Carnaval del Sol on Granville Street – June 30, 2012 from 10:00 am – 10:00 pm

The fourth annual Carnaval del Sol, the city’s premiere summer event, will be hosted on five blocks of Granville Street in downtown Vancouver on June 30th, during Canada Day weekend, from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m. More than 50,000 people attended last year’s festival, garnering LatinCouver a national award for promoting Latin culture in Canada.

BC Place will come alive with the colours of LatinCouver in lights during this event, igniting a Latin spirit in the Vancouver skyline.

“Carnaval del Sol is now one of Vancouver’s largest and most exciting summer events, bringing a dynamic celebration of Latin culture in Canada to the heart of our downtown,” says Mayor Gregor Robertson.

In expectation of drawing another 50,000 people this year, the event will showcase:

  • Performances by local Latin artists on Granville Street. Musical performers will include the Boom Booms, classical pianist Linda Lee Thomas, Will Campa from Cuba, dance group Mexico Vivo, Mariachi del Sol, Sumba Fusion, Brejera Band, and La Joropera from Venezuela, among others.
  • An authentic Latin American food market with the best of Latin American cuisine that will be reviewed by food bloggers.
  • A Latin American Marketplace with games and activities for children.
  • Zumba street dancing.
  • A tourism section where attendees can learn about travel to Latin America.

Carnaval del Sol 2012 is a green event and a strong supporter of the city’s effort toward becoming the world’s greenest city by 2020.

Program / Activities

Main Stage Placa du Sol (700 Block Robson St. – Georgia St.)

10:00 am – Official Openning and Street Band

11:00 am – From El Salvador Grupo de Danza Salvadorena “MAQUILISHUAT”

12:00 pm – Dance and video with ZUMBA

1:00 pm -From Venezuela “LA JOROPERA”

2:00 pm – From Peru Dance Group “YMAC SUMAC”

2.30 pm – Music by MOVIENDOLO SOCIAL PROJECT

3:00 pm – From Mexico soloists of MARIACHI DEL SOL and MEXICO VIVO Folkloric Dance Group

4:00 pm – Guests Speakers

5:00 pm – CLASSICO LATINO and LINDA LEE THOMAS”TANGO”

6:00 pm – From Brasil SAMBA FUSION dancers and BREJERA BAND

6.30 pm – Get the rhythm with ESTILO CUBANO DANCE TEAM

GRAND FINALE Starting at 7PM

MALCOLM AIKEN and his Mazacote Band

THE BOOM BOOMS

WILL CAMPA and Orchestra

Green Plaza (5oo Block Pender St. – Dunsmuir St.)

11:00 – 11:25 am -Grupo Nahualli Mexican Florklore www.grupofolkloriconahualli.com

12:30 – 12:50 pm – Group Yuma Sumac

13:00 – 1:25 pm -Salvadorean Dance Group Maquilisha

2:30 – 2:45 pm -Diego Sanchez y Grupo America www.grupoamerica.net/home.html

3:00 – 3:45 pm -Tren al Sur

4:00 – 4:30 pm – Zumba with Anny Ibarra www.facebook.com/anny.zumba

4:30 – 5:00 pm – Speaker Tyson Jerry

6:00 – 7:00 pm -Fashion Show

Family Plaza (600 Block Dunsmuir St. – Georgia St.)

11:00 – 12:00 pm – Learn to dance salsa, bachata, merengue and more with Nina Perez

12:15 – 12:45 pm – Dance Negroide

1:00 – 2:00 pm – Joaquin Gonzalez el Trovador

2:00 – 3:00 pm -Karaoke with Alba & Anita

3:00 – 4:00 pm -Dance salsa and tango with Diego Sanchez

4:15-4:30 pm – Belly Dancing with Latin rhythm

Connecting Plaza (800 Block Robson St. – Smithe St.)

10:30 – 11:30 pm – Karaoke with Alba & Ana

11:00 – 11:15 pm – Fusion of Belly Dancing with Latin rhythm

11:30- 12:30 pm – Trevor the Magician

1:00 – 1:30 pm – Afro-Cuban workout with Chen Lizra from Latidos Productions

3:00 – 4:00 pm – Joaquin Gonzales ” El Trovador”

5:30 – 6:00 pm – Cuban Salsa with Chen Lizra from Latidos Productions

What: CARNAVAL DEL SOL 2012
When: June 30th, 2012, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Where: Granville St (between Smithe Street to Hastings Street)

For more information, please visit: http://carnavaldelsol2012.latincouver.ca

James Chung

Founder & Editor in Chief of Hello Vancity magazine. Email james@hellovancity.com

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