Crescent Street will transform into a carnival of colour this Saturday night as Latina Fiesta takes over Childers Festival.
Harking back to the multicultural roots of the festival, this free family-friendly event will bring the night alive with the tastes and sounds of Latin America.
The festivities start at 4 pm when salsa dance instructors will run a short workshop, followed by a live music line up including Latin dance band Chukale and musical fusion group The Mad Mariachi.
Chukale is an Afro-Cuban salsa ensemble that has been taking the rhythms of Latin Music around Australia since 2005.
Percussionist and singer Gustavo Cereijo directs the group and said they are excited to return to the region.
“Last year we performed at the Bundaberg Barrell to a full house crowd,” Gustav said, adding that they were looking forward to performing to an audience that loves live, world music.
“[People can expect] high energy salsa presented by nine of the best Latin musicians in Brisbane.”
Audiences will also be treated to an explosive musical fiesta as The Mad Mariachi musicians make their return to the Childers Festival.
Band member Nelson Mansilla said audiences should brace themselves for a musical experience like no other.
“We like to defy music stereotypes, creating a cross-cultural madness that will leave you spellbound,” Nelson said.
“Individually, each member of The Mad Mariachi brings their own unique charm, an enormous variety of influences, and a wealth of experience.
“Together, we possess an electrifying on-stage presence and an irresistible flair that captivates audiences from the very first note.
“This year we will be playing as a six-piece band collaborating with the fantastic Brazilian accordion player Ricardo Bona.”
Nelson said their high energy shows were guaranteed to get audience members moving.
“Dancing is not just encouraged, it’s inevitable,” he said.
“It’s a show that cannot be missed for it transcends boundaries and connects people through the universal language of music.
“[It's] an experience that you will want to share, so bring your amigos along and prepare yourself for an extraordinary adventure into the world of The Mad Mariachi.”
Crescent St presents: Fiesta Latina | Childers Festival
When: 29 July, 4 – 8 pm
Where: Crescent Street, Childers
Find the Childers Festival program here.