Viva la Vida Festival

Oct 25 2019 - Oct 26 2019
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51 O'Connell Street, Limerick City, Limerick,

Inspired by Frida Kahlo's famous painting, “Viva la Vida Festival” is an ode to life & joy despite the struggles everyone faces as humans. It aims to showcase Latin American culture and invite all people to experience a taste of their identity.

This two-day festival, which has been named “Viva la Vida,” will take place the 25th & 26th October at the Central Buildings Community Centre on O’Connell Street in Limerick City.

The festival is inspired by Frida Kahlo’s iconic painting "Viva la Vida," which represents the daily struggles Latin Americans experience as immigrants. And yet, despite various challenges, life is wonderful and worth celebrating. The purpose of the festival is to raise awareness about Latin American cultures, and at the same time build a bridge with Irish culture, to thank the country that has received us with such generosity and open arms.

The festival will consist of workshops, performances, and a world cafe. The workshops will include face-painting and sugar-skull decoration in preparation for the Mexican Day of the Dead, painting of Mexican alebrijes (brightly coloured Mexican folk art sculptures of fantastical creatures), Brazilian Capoeira dance, and the creation of Brazilian kites. Each workshop will include educational information about the origins of the various art forms and will highlight similarities to Irish culture, such as links between the Mexican Day of the Dead and Samhain.

The festival will also present two concerts:
On Friday, the 25th of October, with the participation of Paddys de las Pampas, there will be a fusion performance of Irish and Latin American music featuring The Irish World Academy of Music & Dance alumni Paddy Mulcahy and Lenka Fairy.

On Saturday, the 26th of October, there will be a concert programme titled ¡Fandango!, featuring Baroque, Classical, and Traditional music and dance from Spain, Portugal, and Mexico, including a fusion of Hispanic music and Irish dance. Performers include Yonit Kosovske (harpsichord and artistic director of ¡Fandango!), Wolodymyr Smishkewych (voice & percussion), Yovanna Torres Blanco (dance), and, as our guest artist traveling from New York, Carlos Cuestas (historical guitar).

Tickets are available online at vlvfestival.org