Arrrribbaaa! Dust off the Sombrero and twizzle your mustache because there’s a new party in town that’s set to release everyone’s inner Mexican.
Launching in Sydney as part of this year’s Hola Mexico Film Festival, is the brand new Sol beer and tequila swigging pop up bar which will be putting a unique Mexican kick into hot days and balmy evenings, at the Chauvel Cinema next month. Whether you’re popping over to see one of the many Mexican films – including the likes of La Vida Breve Y Precoz De Sabina Rivas, nominated for 11 Ariel awards (The Mexican Academy Film Award, considered the most prestigious award in the Mexican film industry) – or simply fancy transporting yourself into Central America’s heart and soul, the bar will be offering a plethora of treats for the senses. Time to indulge your inner child…celebrate Hola’s opening and closing nights at the Hola Sol Festival Cantina and have your face intricately made –up for free, Day of the Dead style by the incredible artists of the Australasian College. From foot-stomping acoustic music sets as you sip a Sol, to FREE talks, exciting workshops and events, there’s something for everyone. Vamos!
Accompanied by a retro poster exhibition on the ‘Golden Age of Mexican Cinema’ which is sure to excite those cinephiles among us, the Festival Cantina will be kicking off on Wednesday 27 November and open every day for an entire week, from 6pm to 11pm on week days and from 2pm to 11pm at the weekend. Whether you love to throw your hair back and slam a Tequila or elegantly sip a Mezcal cocktail – the Mexican party atmosphere will have well and truly arrived in Sydney. But this is by no means just a regular watering hole.
Sling on your dancing shoes because bands including, Gang of Brothers – who describe themselves as a ‘musical assault that crosses over genres’ and the likes of the Baerfrens will have the crowd jiving. But for a more chilled vibe be sure to catch Jupiter and The Moon’s captivating harmonies… Or if two amigos on Spanish guitars and box drums is more your bag, you won’t want to miss Kallidad.
If the festivities could not start soon enough, earlier in the afternoon, you’re invited to be part of some special acoustic sessions with Australian Institute of Music (AIM) Claire Crosby, Luke Zancanaro and the AIM Salsa Ensemble.
Culture vultures are also sure to be enticed by conversations on the rise of Mexican art and collectables with the colourful owners of Holy Kitsch. Guests can also hop ‘on the couch’ with Hola Festival Director Samuel Douek and Peter Galvin from SBS Film and Filmink’s Editor Dov Kornits on everything new in Mexican cinema.
What if the hot summer afternoon leaves you feeling a bit crafty and inspired you may ask? Jess Cook from 107 Projects has got you covered. For a small fee, festival goers will be able to attend workshops run by Cook. From making vibrant Mexican Flower headpieces to painting their own take home cactus, guests will be immersed in the Day of the Dead creativity.
The Chauvel Cinema, part of the historic Paddington Town Hall since 1977, couldn’t be a more fitting location for this fiesta, with many film buffs already recognising it as the place to gather and share their passions for the best in independent and world cinema.
As preparations are underway to embrace the Spirit of Mexico during this weeklong journey of arts, culture and partying, the success of the bar is expected to be so prolific that there is already talk to take the Festival Cantina to other cities around Australia.
From live music, to artwork and festival talks, all for free, this year’s Hola Mexico Film Festival is delivering a program that will no doubt quench the thirst of Sydneysiders like never before.
More details and a full schedule can be found on the Hola Mexico Festival website http://www.holamexicoff.com Entry is free.