Arts Council England support for two new projects

Arts Council England support for two new projects

Arts Council England support for two new projects

We recently had some good news: our application to Arts Council’s Grants for the arts was successful!

This summer and autumn, we will be embarking on two new projects: La Llorona R&D and No Place Like Home (UK). Both projects will explore storytelling in the Black and ethnic minority and diaspora communities, examining cultural myths, legends and personal narratives.

We will also strengthen our organisation by creating an accessible community storage and resource of our decor and costumes, working with a community partner (school/venue); conduct participants and audience evaluation; and update our website.

In La Llorona R&D, five multi-cultural arts collaborators will create a new theatrical performance based on the Mexican myth La Llorona (Weeping Woman) over four-day intensive R&D residency.

As part of the team’s research, they will deliver a one-day participatory workshop with Brighton’s Latin-American communities, including children & families workshop.

Working together on this exciting new project are Mexican-British theatre director Rikki Tarascas, costume designer and carnival producer Hannah Barker, digital artist and sculpture Tom Hamilton, arts educator Linda White, and Mexican-American writer Amy Zamarripa Solis.

No Place Like Home comes to the UK in a special project in 2015 to help people from diaspora communities living in England remember and recreate their own childhood homes.

Amy Zamarripa Solis will be working with visual artists David Blandy and Larry Achiampong to deliver workshops in Milton Keynes, Bristol, Brighton and Crawley. Participants will learn how to use a range of digital skills including filming, sound recording, editing and writing to create and publish their stories in a range of mediums.

Artist and filmmaker Aikaterini Gegisian will create a film at each workshop, documenting participant’s lives. We will share these films and also the works created by participants in Autumn 2015.

The workshops are linked to No Place Like Home UK is linked to a wider project examining the loss of home and gentrification around the world, starting with the Mexican-American neighbourhoods of downtown Austin, Texas, where Amy Zamarripa Solis is

A special thanks to our partners on these two projects: Ujima 98FM Radio, MK GalleryArts GatewayMKCrawley Arts Development (Crawley Borough Council), BandBazi, and last but not least Mexican and Latin American Society at Sussex University (MEXSAS).

Latin Voices Live! celebrates with 2 special events in Brighton & Eastbourne

Latin Voices Live! celebrates with 2 special events in Brighton & Eastbourne


Latin Voices Live! 2014

November brings the usual assortment of ghoulish treats, and what better way to celebrate Dia De Los Muertos than to join a traditional Latin celebration, with a modern twist?

This year, we are pleased to be involved with two events – MEXSAS’s Dia De Muertos on 30 October at Sussex University campus and Ghost Worlds on Friday 28 November at Eastbourne’s Towner.

MEXSAS Dia De Muertos

Thursday 30 October 2014
Sussex University, Mandella Hall (Falmer House)

Music, culture, dance, food, this Sussex University society party has it all. Performances will take place from Pollito Boogaloo, dance performance by Eduardo Santiago’s Atlachinolli Pre-hispanic Aztec Dance Group. Plus face painting, Latin readings and Mexican food including the traditional Pan de Muertos. Tickets will go on sale shortly.


Ghost Worlds

Friday 28 November 2014
Towner, Devonshire Park, College Road, Eastbourne, BN21 4JJ

Latin DJ party, ghost stories, workshops, talks and films explore photography, cinema and the uncanny across 2 floors at Towner. With a nod to Dia de los Muertos and Halloween, the night will also bring to life ghost worlds through arts & craft, face painting and decor.

  • Spooky storytelling from Umi Sinha, Tara Gould & others in a candle-lit room
  • Latin DJ set from Portuguese DJ AndreiA (
  • Facepainting in Day of the Dead style or other Halloween ghouls
  • Plus a specially decorated Mexican ofrenda (altar) to honour the dead

Curated by Amy Zamarripa Solis (Grit Lit , Writing Our LegacyLatin Voices Live!) in partnership with Mexican Students Society at Sussex (MEXSAS)

Tickets now on sale £6/£5 conc./£4.50 members

Dead Late 2013

Dead Late 2013

Dead Late 2013

Presented by Latin Voices Live! and Brighton Museum

Check out this awesome video of our evening event Dead Late as part of last year’s Latin Voices Live! The evening was produced by Transition Film.

Watch the film:


Dead Late took place on Thursday 7 November 2013 at Brighton Museum & Art Gallery as part of the Museum’s Late series, which aims to encourage a wider range of audiences coming into the museum after dark.

We had cocktails, face paint, DJ, costume, craft, performance, music, calaveras writing, and a special graveyard with skeletons and dancers. It was a fantastic night of fun and we can’t wait to do it again!

Supported by National Lottery funding through Arts Council England, Brighton & Hove City Council and Royal Pavilion & Brighton Museums, Brighton & Hove.

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Latin Voices Live! Family Day Film

Latin Voices Live! Family Day Film

Latin Voices Live! 2013 Film

We are delighted to get a short film of our Latin Voices Live! family day, which took place recently on Saturday 9 November. The event was bigger than ever, spanning across Brighton Dome, Brighton Museum and Jubilee Library, from 11am until 5pm.

The film captures a bit of everything from the day including:

  • Marta Scott Dance Company
  • Arts and crafts workshop with Linda White from Viva Mexico!
  • Cuban band Son Guarachando
  • James Burt reading Borges at Borges-a-thon
  • And lastly Chilean writer Luis Munoz reading from his memoir Being Luis and talking about his life as a torture victim and survivor.

The majority of the film focuses on the reading and talk from Luis, including a reading from the book when he and his younger brother were looked after when abandoned by their father by a criminal called Satan, who ruled the grocers markets, and later when Luis ran into his father on the eve of the military coup. An emotional reading and discussion is captured on this edit, in which audience members relate and probe the person Luis was and who he is now.


Latin Voices Live! 2013 Family Day

Latin Voices Live! 2013 Family Day

Latin Voices Live! 2013 Family Day

The final day of Latin Voices Live! happens on Saturday 9 November – we hope that you can make it.

Here’s our schedule:

11am-3.30pm – Arts & crafts workshop with Linda White from Viva Mexico!  

Making: Mask, nichos, flowers, sugar skulls, and more. Donations: £2/object . Brighton Museum, Art Room

11am – 5pm – Multi art form family day at Brighton Dome

Includes facepainting, dance from Marta Scott Dance Company (1.30pm & 4pm), Son Guarachando (2pm), Brazilian and Spanish rappers (3.15). Brighton Dome, Church Street, Brighton BN1 1UE

11:30am-1pm  – Bilingual storytelling at  Jubilee Library

Free entry, charge for face painting. Jubilee Library, Jubilee St, Brighton, East Sussex BN1 1GE

12.30-4.30pm – Mexican pop up restaurant selling food and drinks at Brighton Dome’s Founders Room

Only £2.00 per taco
– Barbacoa de borrego (lamb)
– Tinga de pollo (chicken)
– Picadillo (beef)
– Nopales
– Rajas

Brighton Dome, Church Street, Brighton BN1 1UE

1-5pm – Films, readings and talks at Jubilee Library

Juan of the Dead, a comedic horror Cuban/Spanish film (1pm), Borges-a-thon, an hour of readings from Borges’s most famous stories (2.45pm), and a talk from Chilean writer and torture survivor Luis Munoz, who will be reading from his memoir Being Luis.

All events free, Luis Munoz talk suggested donation £4/3 (all proceeds go to torture charity) & ticket includes free wine. Other events, wine by donation. Jubilee Library, Jubilee St, Brighton, East Sussex BN1 1GE

Chilean author Luis Muñoz reads from memoir on 9 November

Chilean author Luis Muñoz reads from memoir on 9 November

Luis Muñoz reads from memoir

We are honoured to have Luis Muñoz, a former Chilean activist who survived arrest and torture during Pinochet’s regime and then authored his harrowing account in his autobiography Being Luis; A Chilean Life (Impress Books).

Luis will read from his book at Jubilee Library, during the Latin Voices Live! Family Day event and answer questions from the audience. Luis will be signing copies of the book, which will be on sale. Tickets for the reading are £4/3 and include a complimentary glass of wine.

Date: Saturday 9 November 2013
Time: TBC
Venue: Jubilee Library, Jubilee St, Brighton, East Sussex BN1 1GE
Cost: £4/3