Colourful, passionate and cultural, the Vida Melbourne Latin Summer Festival is back for 2019. A three day festival from Fri 11 to Sun 13 January, it runs from 2-10pm on Friday, 12-11pm Saturday and 12-10pm Sunday. This free annual event that includes all categories of art and entertainment attracts over forty thousand people every year and will be held at Tom's Block, Royal Botanical Gardens on St Kilda Rd, across from the National Gallery of Victoria (Walker Fountain), just 500m from Federation Square. Latin food, entertainment, beer garden, music, kids area and much more, awaits! Join the mailing list and never miss an update.
Circus style roving performers, more than 200 artists performing live and multiple Latin Carnival parades will be bigger and better this year. Latin music styles such as Salsa, Cumbias, Samba, Capoeira, Batucada and more than 20 DJs will be performing throughout the entire event. Parades can be seen from 5-8pm on Friday, then at 2, 5, and 8pm on Saturday and again on Sunday. Latino American performances can be seen throughout the day, with outdoor dance classes taking your breath away. Enjoy a free Salsa lesson with the World Salsa Champion, Juan Carlos Ospina Sanchez.
Kids will have different attractions and activities in their specialised kids area. Face painting and maraca making workshops using recycling materials will keep them busy and happy learning how everything old can be made new again. There'll be market stalls displaying a selection of Latin American art and handcrafted products, made locally and imported. Stay updated via the discussion section of the event page on Facebook, where you can get interactive. Get a sneak peek at the various eateries and entertainers participating at this event.
The After Party on the 11th is at Casablanca, 71 Hardware Lane, CBD, from 10pm to 3am and on the 12th of Jan at the Copacabana International, 139 Smith Street, Fitzroy, again running from 10pm to 3am . Get your tickets HERE. Performing LIVE is top notch Salsa Orquestra Bahia, for a most authentic Latin party ever held in Australia. DJ Jesus from Venezuela and Dj Guaro from Colombia plus guest will be on the desk playing the best in Reggaeton, Merengue, Bachata, and more.
If you'd like to take the party to the waters, wait till Fri 18 Jan from 7-11pm for the Latin Cruise, Victoria Star Cruises, Deck 14, Central Pier, 161 Harbour Esplanade, Docklands. Get your tickets HERE.. Live a truly Latin experience at this cruise party and start boarding at 6.30pm.Boat departs at 7pm SHARP! and returns at 11pm. The cruise is open to everyone and the right vehicle for a corporate party, a birthday, hens/bucks night or anniversary party. Fun guaranteed! Brazillian performances, three Latin DJs at the desk and more over two levels of fun. Enjoy amazing Latin tapas while you dance to the best music.
That's your three days of Latin Summer Fun sorted! Put the dates in the diary and start booking for ticketed events. Live this summer with Latin passion!
Where:11-13 Jan 2019: Tom's Block - Royal Botanical Gdns, Linlithgow Ave, Melb, VIC // 12 Jan After Party: Copacabana Int'l, 139 Smith St, Fitzroy, VIC // 18 Jan: Cruise - Victoria Star Cruises, Dock 14, Central Pier, 161 Harbour Esplanade, Docklands
Cost:3 day Fest - FREE // After Party $15 // Cruise $35-$45