Ola Latina was established in 2003 as the continuation of a cultural project started in London in 1995 under the name Bilongo Productions and this year we celebrate our 20th Anniversary. The company aims to promote and raise awareness of the richness of Latin American culture through the arts and also to act as a platform to showcase and develop Latin American talent based in the UK.
The company’s aims and objectives are to:
Ola Latina have acted as agents and organised European tours for some world renowed Latin Artists and organised major music and cultural events staged in London.
Ola Latina are behind London's biggest Salsa Monthly party 'EL GRANDE' in association with S4Salsa and Love2Salsa as Salsa Republic.
The company launched a new arts and cultural festival in 2006 FESTIVAL ENCUENTRO LATINO which encompasses the wide range of cultural and artistic expressions known to Latin America. Since 2008 Ola Latina are artistic directors and one of the organisers of Carnaval Latino @ the Tottenham Carnival in north London.
Ola Latina have built up an excellent reputation within the Latin American community and other communities in the UK who love Latin music and dance. Ola latina have also established a good relationship with specialised media in the UK, promoters and Artists in Europe the US and Latin America. The company has been behind some of the major Latin American music and cultural events staged in London in the last few years. In June 2003 Ola Latina were asked to create and organize Latin Splash 2003, the biggest Latin music and dance Festival ever to take place in Britain, on Clapham Common, with over 7,000 spectators. This event brought together a massive line up of International Latin Artists from Puerto Rico, Cuba, Colombia, Panama and New York, including Gran Combo, La India, Paulo FG, Lisandro Meza, Son Boricua, Los Gigantes del Vallenato and Special Guest of Honour Colombian Football Legend Carlos 'El Pibe' Valderrama.
Ola Latina have been fully involved in various charitable events and were the main organisers of the Colombian Disaster Appeal in 1999 held in Holticultural Halls, Victoria where over £12,000 were raised. This money was donated to victims of the earthquake that devastated the coffee region of Colombia that year. Ola Latina were also one of the companies who organized the Tsunami Salsa Aid event 'The Big One' in 2005 held at Club Colosseum in Vauxhall to raise funds for the victims of the Tsunami tragedy that year; over £10,000 were raised and donated to the Tsunami Disaster Emergency Committee.
As well as organsing festival events such as Latin Splash 2003 and Festival Encuentro Latino with support from community groups, acting as agents for Latin Artists in the UK, the company's scope of activity has also included acting as both agents and organisers of European tours for some world renowned Latin artists, (Henry Fiol, Luisito Carrion,Victor Manuelle, Gran Combo, Tito Rojas, Tito Gomez, Maelo Ruiz, Cano Estremera, Paulo FG to name a few).
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