Latin festival comes to Leeds for first time

Millennium Square, Leeds.
Millennium Square, Leeds.
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THE festival season is in full swing – and Leeds is gaining another one to add some Latin flavour to the summer.

¡Vamos! Festival is coming to Leeds city centre on Saturday, August 1.

The free one-day festival will be held at Millennium Square and aims to celebrate Spanish and Portuguese-speaking cultures.

Supported by Leeds City Council as part of the summer series of concerts and events at the square, it will include a range of events from music and dance to art and cuisine.

Live performances will include Yorkshire-based music acts such as Mambo Con Rumbo and Element Dance as well as London-based Grupo Lokito, who are headlining the event.

Co-producer DJ Lubi, who is known for running the largest Latin-themed salsa parties in Leeds, will also perform at the festival.

¡Vamos! director Nik Barrera said: “Leeds is known for being multi-cultural and the people are notably very friendly and welcoming so the city was an obvious choice when we were considering where we could take the festival to next.”

Councillor Brian Selby, Leeds City Council’s lead member for economy and culture, said: “Millennium Square has become a real cultural focal point for the city and I’m sure ¡Vamos! will be a fun and vibrant addition to the exciting programme of activities we have planned for this summer.”

It’s great to see local businesses getting behind it too, with Leeds-based Instituto Cervantes supporting it.

¡Vamos! has been held in other cities during its 10-year run, so it’s about time the party came to Leeds. See you there!