By Jake Hamilton
A festival celebrating Spanish-speaking communities took place at the Winter Gardens on Saturday, offering arts and crafts exhibitions and live Latin American dance and music performances.
¡Hola Sheffield! was a full day of free events organised by St Marie’s Cathedral, all in celebration of their members from Spanish-speaking communities.
The day began with arts and crafts stalls where children could decorate ‘day of the dead’ skulls and handheld fans. In the afternoon a live dance performance by Son de America and music by Los Lads took place at the centre of the gardens.
Salsa, mamba and other Spanish music was played throughout the day and people walking through the gardens could take leaflets about Sheffield’s Spanish-speaking communities.
Nicky, a volunteer at one of the arts and craft stalls, believed the day would help teach children about Sheffield’s diversity.
She said, “We are making the decoration skulls, we are decorating fans and doing lots of colouring in pictures so hopefully the kids will come along and they’ll have a bit of exposure to Spanish speaking communities.”
Lead vocalist of Sheffield-based Los Lads Matt Vahandi described how the band would focus mainly on Latin music, as the day was a celebration of everything Spanish.
He said, “We like to fuse pop music and Latin music but I think today we are going to focus mainly on Latin influences just to give that flavour and contribute to the feel of the event.”
In the evening live music was also held at St. Marie’s Cathedral where Andrew Clegg played classical Spanish guitar.