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. 


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 aqui

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

Latino Life In The Park [N4]

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Moving film set in 1950s Rio

The Invisible Life of Eurídice Gusmão (A Vida Invisível) is a 2019 internationally acclaimed film directed by Karim Aïnouz based on the 2016 novel The Invisible Life of Eurídice Gusmão by Martha Batalha.

It is based in Rio de Janeiro during the 1950s, two sisters struggle against repression and bigotry in a patriarchal era.

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Yuli, the documentary of the acclaimed Cuban dancer

Based on Carlos Acosta’s autobiography NO WAY HOME – A CUBAN DANCER’S STORY, it is his own story about growing up in Cuba, becoming a dancer, moving to London and his relationship with his father, his family and his country.

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Latin Hub increasing visibility of Latin Americans

A comunidade latino-americana é uma das que mais crescem em Londres, fazendo uma contribuição essencial para a forma como a cidade opera econômica, social e culturalmente. Em seu prefácio ao relatório, Paulina Tamborrel, uma organizadora comunitária da Citizens UK do México, disse:

“Eles nos chamam de 'os invisíveis', los invisibles. Por todas as nossas cores, sabores e ritmos; Os latino-americanos esperariam tudo antes da invisibilidade. Temos orgulho de nossa alegria, espírito musical e vozes altas. A realidade opressiva de ser latino-americano no Reino Unido tornou a invisibilidade um novo costume para nossa comunidade, do qual é difícil escapar. ”

O Latin Hub UK é uma iniciativa independente, apartidária e sem fins lucrativos para apoiar os latino-americanos no Reino Unido e promover nossa herança cultural. Nosso site e canais de mídia social visam integrar todas as atividades dispersas por e para nossa comunidade, criando um centro que fortalece nossa identidade e contribui para uma jornada maior em direção à visibilidade e reconhecimento de uma das comunidades de crescimento mais rápido de Londres, mas menos apreciadas.

Em linha com esses objetivos, no dia 9 de outubro exibimos nosso trabalho no Southwark Heritage Centre & Library. 


Durante nosso último ano, reunimos histórias de coragem e resiliência de comerciantes latino-americanos que foram afetados pela gentrificação, cobiça e todas as outras barreiras que a comunidade enfrenta.

No andar térreo, exibimos as belas pinturas de Desire Noriega, que ilustram o espírito de nossas entrevistas orais. 

Foi um grande evento que nos conectou com os jovens residentes de Southwark também preocupados com questões de gentrificação, bem como com a comunidade em geral.




A arte pode ser um grande comunicador, mas também acompanhamos as pinturas com uma sinopse da história que inspirou o artista, contextualizada pelos desafios mais amplos que a comunidade latino-americana enfrenta em cada história. Também incluímos organizações onde os membros da comunidade podem buscar apoio para uma série de questões mais amplas, desde a violência doméstica até a exploração do trabalho.




No primeiro andar, apresentamos uma experiência audiovisual, todas as entrevistas em áudio foram animadas com vídeos de pinturas combinados em um curta-metragem que apresentava todas as histórias de traders em uma série. Os visitantes puderam experimentar em primeira mão as comoventes histórias de resiliência e esperança.





 No final do evento, um artista local ilustrou o dia que capturamos na imagem do vídeo.   


Um grande obrigado a todos os visitantes que ficaram tão entusiasmados com a nossa exposição e projeto!