In today’s world, where everything moves a lot faster than in the times of our forefathers, it has become ever more important to conserve our heritage and traditions in order to be able to pass them onto future generations. We get caught up in the rush of the moment and forget about being in harmony with one’s own self, not to mention worrying about our planet earth and all that surrounds us.
Some traditions such as those of the indigenous Inca of South America are still very much in sync with Mother Nature and follow the cycle of our Sun and Moon. Some few-thousand-year-old traditions are still being practiced today, even if they might be subjected to tourism or foreign spectatorship.
- Phaxsi Coca
This Friday, 14 June marks the start of a month-long festival in Newcastle celebrating Spanish and Portuguese speaking cultures, ¡VAMOS! Marking its eighth year, ¡VAMOS! is a different kind of festival because it celebrates many different countries across various art forms. It includes music, film, dance, art, food, family and children events, speakers, educational events and more!
Nikolas Barrera, creator and director of ¡VAMOS! said the festival is unique because “there is an aspiration to try to make it as varied as possible and to give people lots of different ways to connect with it. Different people come because they’re interested in the academic speakers, children’s events, food events, or club nights. They come for their particular passions, but we hope that once they connect with the festival, they take a risk and try something different.”
The New Voices Festival will play host to our very own Los Chinches on Saturday 13th July, as well as other global music maestros. The festival is organised by Praxis Community Projects, a non-profit whose goal is to assist migrants in vulnerable positions. Their mission is “to be with displaced communities, listening and acting through our common humanity to create and nurture reconciliation, human rights and social justice.” Their work includes immigration counselling, housing advice, support for trafficked women, and destitution prevention. The New Voices Festival was created by Praxis five years ago to celebrate the diversity of talent that comes from migrant communities in London, bringing people together and celebrating the uniqueness of each individual culture. Alex Sutton, Praxis’ Deputy Chief Executive said:
Smiling faces at last year’s festival.