Latin Hub UK receives funding from the Mayor of London

‘Aqui Estamos’ Exhibition Project has received £5000 from the Mayor of London’s Untold Stories fund,  part of his Commission for Diversity in the Public Realm.

We want to create a contemporary mosaic mural that celebrates the diverse cultural heritage and contributions of Latin Americans to the UK. Bottom-up co-designing will highlight stories of resilience and success dispelling stereotypes that reduce our contributions to the entertainment and hospitality industries. 

The funding is part of the £1m Untold Stories programme to champion diversity in the capital’s public spaces and ensure London’s landmarks and monuments reflect the achievements of all who have contributed to the success of our city. The grants offer Londoners the opportunity to develop ideas and share their stories which will be represented within the public realm.  

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, established the Commission for Diversity in the Public Realm to improve the representation of Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities, women, LGBTQ+ communities and Deaf and disabled people and those from a range of socio-economic backgrounds in the public realm.

Romina Lopez, Latin Hub Founder said :We are passionate about promoting visibility of our community because that leads to recognition from institutions and increased opportunities. 


Convocatoria a la comunidad argentina a celebrar la COPA DEL MUNDO en UK


**Celebremos en el desfile anual del London New Year’s Day Parade**

  • Como?

@carnavaldelpueblo tiene como misión promover la herencia cultural Latinoamericana en UK y ha participado en previos desfiles. 

El Carnaval del Pueblo gentilmente ha donado un espacio a la comunidad argentina en reconocimiento del logro histórico del mundial.

El desfile se lleva  a cabo el primero de enero 2023 de 12:00 a 15:30.  Se esta gestionando una plataforma para quienes quieran descanzar. A confirmar esta semana.

  • Donde? 

Nos encontramos a las 11:30 (PUNTUAL) en el restaurante peruano COYA. SE PUEDE IR DIRECTO SIN REGISTRARSE EN NINGUN LADO. 118 Piccadilly, London W1J 7NW

  • Quienes?

Se buscan argentinos con ganas de celebrar, especialmente

+chicos/as y jóvenes que les guste el fútbol y tengan camisetas, pelotas y otro merchandising de la selección. (Padres/madres pueden también participar del desfile) 

+quienes tengan ganas de bailar tango o murga en la procesión.

+quienes tengan tambores, bombos, banderas y ganas de tirar papel picado. 

+quienes tengan ganas de ‘fabricar’ una copa mundial para el desfile.

No hay limite de participantes. Otras ideas bienvenidas!

SE PUEDE IR DIRECTAMENTE AL PUNTO DE ENCUENTRO SIN REGISTRARSE EN NINGUN LADO. Mas preguntas  enviar un whatsapp al +44 771 444 2153  

  • Mas info

*El desfile dura 3 horas (ver itinerario en pdf arriba). Para los menores o gente con problemas de movilidad (mayores) va a haber un carrusel de descanso (confirmado) y quizá una van (a confirmar).
*Todos van a tener una ‘pulsera’ que les permite salir y entrar al desfile cuando quieran y les da prioridad para ir al baño en los locales.
*La hora de llegada es 11:30 en punto de encuentro, es clave ser puntual ya que a las 12 salimos al desfile. Nosotros estaremos en el punto de encuentro desde las 10 y son bienvenidos los que quieran conocer a las otras delegaciones etc.
*Casi confirmado que tenemos un bombo y Sofía se va a disfrazar de Argentina, confirmado copa del mundo. Más tambores, silbatos, panderetas, pelotas, banderas, papel picado lo que sea es bienvenido.
*La temperatura está pronosticada en 11 grados caminando y cantando debería estar ok. Igual yo llevo una mochila con termo y mate. Más termos y mates bienvenidos.
*El transporte es gratis ese día.
*Dentro de lo posible usar pantalones negros, azules o colores oscuros asi se destacan las camisetas y baneras celeste y blanca

  • Que es el London  New Years’ Day Parade ?

Es el mayor desfile anual del mundo con 10,000+ participantes, 650,000+ espectadores en las calles y cobertura internacional de más de 1500 canales de noticias incluyendo CNN, Fox News, Sky News, BBC y ITV con una audiencia de 500 millones. El evento busca destacar la diversidad de Londres y sus comunidades. 

I only get to play Manuel: Why I can’t be Macbeth or Richard III?

Cristina Martinez’s reflections about Playing Latinx, a theatre play directed by MarianaMalena Theatre, a Latin American female-led theatre company based in London.

Speaking Spanish in an English-speaking country can often be a unique and humorous experience. The pronunciation of certain words may produce easy laughter, and some familiar places may give the impression that one has a deep understanding of Latinx culture. However behind the surface, there is complexity and nuance in a rich cultural background, often marked by historical wounds and struggles. 

Playing Latinx is a story about a newly arrived South American actor, who quickly realises he is destined to be cast to play exotic characters – gigolo, thug, cleaner with a funny accent. He thinks he gets showbiz: he moves, speaks, and writes as a stereotypical Latinx person is expected to act. But as he learns to play the game with increasing success, he questions if his behaviour is perpetuating the stereotype. Is he losing his true identity?

Guido Garcia Lueches’s excellent play was recognised by OffComm and it combines poetry, stand-up comedy and  Latin music while exploring Latin American identity in the UK creative industries and, on a more personal level, how far he will go to fit in.  

“The storyline is based on poems and questions Guido had about their experience as a migrant actor”, states Mariana and Malena who directed Guido in “Playing Latinx. “Although centred around the entertainment industry, the journey of this play slips into everyday life and trickles through any migration experience. Playing Latinx is an invitation to feel uncomfortable, to allow yourself to be politically incorrect and vulnerable, to question, and to have a laugh. We hope it reflects the ability of the Latinx community to come together and celebrate even in adversity”, shared Mariana with Camden People’s Theatre BlogYou can see the trailer here

As a Latinx creative, I believe it is crucial to have representation in the industry. Having more Latinx representation in creative spaces across London is not only refreshing but also essential. It allows for more authentic and diverse stories to be told, and for Latinx actors to have the opportunity to interpret any character, not just the ones associated with their cultural background.

It is important to break stereotypes and limitations that have been imposed on Latinx actors for too long. It is time for Latinx actors to have the same opportunities as their non-Latinx counterparts and be able to showcase their versatility and range in their performances. I am eager to be part of this moment and contribute to the industry by being a representative of diverse and authentic stories.

Tell me more!

Guido Garcia Lueches is an Uruguayan theatre-maker and poet specialising in devising performance, who focuses on multiculturalism, identity, and the immigrant experience. He has been performing in the UK since 2015 and is the co-founder of the interactive theatre company Say It Again, Sorry? Playing Latinx is his first one-person show. You can find him on Instagram @elguidogarcia doing some interesting roles in OffWestEnd theatre too. 

Playing Latinx was directed by Mariana Malena, an award-winning Latin American female-led theatre company based in London. Founded by Malena Arcucci (Designer/Director) and Mariana Aritstizábal Pardo (Director/Performer) in 2016, it focuses on creating pieces that explore interdisciplinary and horizontal collaboration between artists. Follow @marianamalenatheatre for more updates. 

By Cristina Martinez

First published 30/04/2022 – Last edited 14/02/2023


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