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Last year Sydney’s Latin American Festival relaunched with a bang after a two year hiatus. This year the party continues, bigger and brighter than before. In 2017 the Festival will feature its biggest ever line-up of live music, folkloric dance troupes and food and drink vendors.

Local Latin heartthrob Carlos Velazquez, aka C Major (The Voice 2014 finalist), is delighted to be performing and MCing on the mainstage. He told the City Hub he is excited to be doing his part in continuing “the love for the Latin culture” and “keeping multicultural Australia alive”.

The world-class live music lineup includes acclaimed dance and musical entertainment group Rhythm Brazil and the legendary 12-piece afro-Cuban powerhouse that is El Orqueston lead by well respected local Bondi bassist Tina Harris. Family is a large part of the festival just as it is a large part of Latin American culture, so there’ll be an abundance of activities for all ages including face painting, dance classes and the hugely popular under 18’s disco.

Before he hits the mainstage, Carlos looks forward to turning up early to soak up the vibrant atmosphere and visit the Pavilion Bar along with all the food stalls selling genuine Latin American cuisine including Brazilian meats, paella, chorizo buns and plenty of beans and rice.

According to Carlos, the “love and passion” behind the Latin American Festival genuinely makes it more than “just another festival”. He has nothing but praise for the massive community effort that goes into making the festival happen, the longest running and “last festival of its kind” in Sydney. “Everyone is giving 100%… When there isn’t the passionate people behind these events, they die off,” he said. (AM)

Feb 26, 12-8pm. Bondi Pavilion, Queen Elizabeth Drive, Bondi Beach. $20-$25, children under 12 free. Tickets & info: www.bondibeachradio.com.au