Salsa evening set to shake up Gladstone
GLADSTONE'S multicultural community is in for a treat next weekend for the sixth annual Latin Caribbean night.
Headlined by Brisbane band Cali Sabor and other local acts, the evening will be a mix of traditional food, music and even dance lessons at the Gladstone PCYC.
Cali Sabor performs explosive Latin tunes from all over the world. Integrated by young professional singers from Cali Colombia, Cali Sabor boasts some of the best percussionists and musicians in Australia, a combination which allows the band to explore a variety of rhythms.
The city of Cali is well known around the globe not only because of its climate and beautiful women, it is also recognised as the "Capital de la Salsa" ( Salsa Capital of the World).
Cali Sabor draws its inspiration from the city and will spread the word at the event on June 13.
This week, Pulse caught up with organiser of the Gladstone event and Welcoming Intercultural Neighbours director Natalia Muszkat to chat about all things Latin.
Pulse: What is the Latin Caribbean night all about?
Natalia: The event is all about getting the whole community together to enjoy the South and Central American culture with music, performances and dance.
The event is a very friendly semi-formal event in which people are encouraged to be involved, dance and interact with those in attendance.
Pulse: Tell us about its history?
Natalie: The event has organised by Welcoming Intercultural Neighbours Inc. (WIN) since 2010 yearly and it has become a classic of the Gladstone events circuit making this the main fundraising activity for WIN, a locally born not-for-profit organisation that services everyone in the Gladstone area.
Pulse: What will the night involve?
Natalia: The night will involve dance lessons, performances by Gladstone's Latino Fuego, Agnes Water's Nahlah Sahara Dancers, Brisbane top Latin band Cali Sabor and a DJ all night.
Drinks and food will be available for purchase during the event at very reasonable prices.
A range of great prices donated by WIN sponsors will also be auctioned on the night.
This event is for everyone over 18 years of age.
Pulse: What can people expect to see in terms of dance?
Natalia: An opening dance lesson will be done at the beginning of the night and all those who wish to join will be encouraged.
The event is designed for people to be able to dance and/or watch the performances and meet other people.
It is a gathering in which everyone talks to everyone and although tables are available, chatting across the floor is inevitable.
Pulse: Is there a strong Caribbean population in Gladstone?
Natalia: Gladstone is a very multicultural community and there are hundreds of families that have a link to Central and South America in one way or another.
Pulse: Why should people come?
Natalia: Because this event is unique to Gladstone and is designed to bring the friendly and fun spirit of those from Central and South America to our beautiful region.
The Latin Caribbean night is all about having fun, talking to everyone, dancing, live music and experience something a little bit different and incredible enjoyable.
As this is an annual event, if you miss it, then you will have to wait a full year for this to happen again!