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Royal Ballet dancer visits Crouch End

No one knows more about defying the odds than Fernando Montano. The Royal Ballet dancer is the first Colombian to ever reach the rank of soloist with the prestigious company. This achievement is even more impressive when you learn that he was born in poverty, lived in a slum and had to leave his home at the age of 14 to train in Cuba. He came to Crouch End to speak to a group of children from Coleridge Primary School. He urged them to work hard to achieve their dreams: 'It doesn’t matter where you come from, you can achieve things in your life,' the dancer told them. Not only did he inspire them with his rags-to-riches story, he also introduced them to 'foot-ba', a new type of dance that he'

Community outreach

Okay, so we realize that talking about outreach sounds a bit worthy, but we are truly passionate about Latin culture in all its diversity. Part of that means showcasing our amazing artists to people who might never choose to go to a Latin event, and it’s also the reason why we send inspiring Latinos into schools to educate children about our amazing cultures and arts. ​ 2016 In 2016 we recruited Fadi, one of the UK’s leading salsa teachers, to teach the children of Coleridge Primary School, in Crouch End, the wonders of salsa dancing for six weeks. At the end of this they were rewarded with a trip to see the Latin musical ‘In the Heights’ written by Lin-Manuel Miranda. To celebrate the c

Latin fiesta meets Art Deco splendour

We think one of the things that makes our Latin-themed festival special is the setting. Taking place on June 17, La Clave Fest will have its main stage outside the Hornsey Town Hall Arts Centre in Crouch End, with its pretty square and fountain making it feel welcoming and European. But there will also be special workshops, events and film screenings taking place inside the impressive building that still retains many of its original features, including an Ashton marble staircase and high-quality wood paneling. It was opened in November 1935 as offices for the local council and won an award from the Royal Institute of British Architects for the quality of the design. Inside, the main hall is

Futsal tournament in the town hall

Back by popular demand, after last year’s huge success, is a Futsal tournament in Hornsey Town Hall's main theatre. Anglo-Chilean football coach Ben Corbyn organises London’s only Futsal Copa America as part of our line-up at La Clave Fest, taking place on June 17. Futsal is an exciting, fast-paced, small-sided football game that is widely played across Latin America. The origin of Futsal, or five-a-side soccer as its known in the United States, can be traced to Montevideo, Uruguay. In 1930, Juan Carlos Ceriani came up with the game for competitions at local YMCAs. It's usually played on basketball-sized courts without the use of sidewalls. From these humble origins, it became very popular

Latin fusion pop-up at La Clave

We are very excited to have Esnayder Cuartas (pictured) on board at La Clave Fest to create three special menus on three consecutive days, starting on Friday 16 June and going through to Sunday brunch on 18 June. Cuartas is no ordinary chef. He's the food and drinks entrepreneur behind Sabor, a company that can cater and execute imaginative events with a Latin American flavour. A Colombian with over 20 years in the hospitality business, Cuartas successfully ran a restaurant in Islington from 2004 to 2012 also called Sabor, which introduced his fusion cooking to a discerning audience. The dining experience at La Clave, part of the Crouch End festival, will take place in Hornsey Town Hall's st

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