Colourful fiesta of culture

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  • Thursday, 19 May 2011

BB PARK will be bursting with colours and pulsating vibes from the Latin American region as nine countries come together at a festival on May 22.

The third Latin American festival will feature countries like Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Ecuador, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela, jointly organised by their respective embassies and the Latin Ladies Association of Malaysia.

The day will be filled with activities including cultural displays, arts and craft, variety of food, and music and dance performances.

Cuban Ambassador to Malaysia Carlos Amores, who spoke on behalf of the participating embassies at the launch, said they wanted to showcase some of their best ways of life and share it with Malaysians.

“The festival will have a good display of our culture, music, food and traditional dances, which are famous for its energy and joy of the people,” he said.

Previously, funds raised from the event were channelled to local organisations but this time around, all proceeds will be channelled to UNICEF in aid of the underprivileged children in Haiti.

“Given the terrible tragedy that has hit Haiti, the poorest country in our region and one of the poorest in the world, we have decided that this edition will be devoted to help the impoverished country.

“All of us have a moral obligation to contribute additional financial resources and cooperate with Haiti and support its reconstruction and development.

“You can make an imaginary journey to our continent, try our food, dance with our music, admire our handicrafts and have a good time with us, and at the same time help the Haitian people,” Carlos added.

BB Park general manager Michael Lee said the venue was a cultural potpourri.

“BB Park not only provide the world at large a presentation of Malaysia’s diversity in culture and heritage but is also an inter-cultural exchange centre where the world can share its vast and rich cultures and heritage, in one central location where ordinary Malaysians can see, hear, touch and feel first hand.

“The festival will be the living and colourful experiential testament to this concept,” he said.

The Latin American festival will start at 11am and end at 6pm. Entrance is free.

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