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The long weekend is the perfect time for everyone to feel the fever of the Darling Harbour Fiesta 2011. Now the weather report isn't looking too flash at the moment, but hopefully it will stay dry and at the very least you can brave the weather and feel the heat from the many dance acts and bands that will be performing and bringing Darling Harbour to life with vim and vigor.
All things Latin American will be showcased and celebrated from 12pm, Saturday the 1st of October till Monday the 3rd of October. International sounds will fill the air, with things kicking off with Victor Valdez's Real Mexico mariachi and featuring the likes of Colombia's rumba lovers Chocquibtown, the effortless beats of Brazilian hip-hop star Renegado and the stunning ska and Latin rhythms of Desorden Publico from Venezuela. For some homegrown Latin flavour, Watussi will be bringing Afro Colombian, rock and roots flair and Club Havana Band will energise the crowd. Later in the night Australia's own DJ Dwight 'Chocolate' Escobar will be expertly and exquisitely mixing the sounds of Cuban timba, Latin rap, hip-hop and salsa.
Brazilian Latin Dance Company
As if all that amazing music isn't enough of an excuse to get footloose and fancy free, there will be free 'learn to dance' classes, lead by experts from some of Sydney's top Latin dance studios. Whether you're a gun on the dance floor or would really like to get those two left feet sorted out, there will be an instructor and a style of Latin dance to suit you. If you're not one to shimmy around, you can always watch the professionals do it. Castanuelas will astound with their passionate Spanish flamenco, Ole Ola ready to dazzle with Argentinean/Cuban dance and for something a little different, Capoeira Topazio with their mind blowing acrobatic martial arts.
Now for my favourite part, the market stalls. Peruse all sorts of Latin American arts and crafts such as Peruvian ceramics and tapestries, authentic Incan jewellery and South American musical instruments. There will also be Latin American food in abundance for you to experience and indulge in. Some of the fiesta fare on offer is Paella, Tacos, Enchiladas, Tapas, oh so satisfying Chorizo sausages and for the sweets, delectable Spanish Churros, also known as Spanish doughnuts, Argentinean alfajore cookies, and smooth Colombian coffee.