Manchester will be livin’ la vida loca as Spanish festival salsas back to Albert Square

Manchester is set to get a taste of la vida local as the celebration of all things Spanish salsas back to the city this summer.

After the success of last year’s festival, Festejar returns for a weekend of fun, food and fiestas in Albert Square, starting on Thursday September 3.

Like the name suggests Festejar (from the Spanish verb to celebrate) aims to celebrate Spanish culture and offers something fun for all the family, with live music, dance and food direct from the Iberian Peninsula.

“Festejar gives us a glimpse of Spanish and Latin lively culture” Kepa Gonzalez, Cultural Director said.

Come along for a taste of España with paella, sangria, flamenco and ample opportunities to celebrate and learn about Latin society.

Throughout the weekend there will be a wide array of demonstrations, workshops and stalls offering Spanish gastronomy, dance and language.

The Spanish have music in their hearts and Festejar promises to bring the Latin spirit to Albert Square.

On Thursday, Tocha and his band get the fietsa started with their fresh and vibrant Latino vibes.

They will be followed by Break Latino, Manchester’s own Spanish crossover act who combines classical guitar and vocals to create a unique Latin sound, performing Spanish and English classics alike.

The Latin beat continues on Friday with Andalus paying tribute to the music of the world famous Gypsy Kings, singers of the classic Spanish track ‘Bambeleo’, as well as other great Latin hits from around the world.

They are joined by Calaita Flamenco Son, a five-piece flamenco group who will inject some zeal into the evening with their fiery flamenco rumbas.

DJ Alonso, hugely popular in his home country, carries the party on into the night.

Festejar runs from Thursday September 3 to Saturday September 5 2015.

For details of the entire programme and other festival events and information click here

Main images courtesy of Passion, Grey World and Helen T, with thanks.

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