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Beijingers celebrate holiday with international artists

Reporter: Julian Waghann 丨 CCTV.com

05-04-2014 00:21 BJT

The first Caribbean Latin America Music Festival at Beijing's Sun Park is bringing the Caribbean to you.

This is not your usual weekend lounging at the park, at least not if you plan to sit still. Artists from various Latin American and Caribbean countries such as the Trinidad and Tobago Steel Drum Band, the Mexican Institute of Sound and Colombia's Sankofa convene on one stage for the ultimate fiesta.

The first Caribbean Latin America Music Festival at Beijing

The first Caribbean Latin America Music Festival at Beijing's Sun Park is bringing the Caribbean to you.

Latin Grammy Award nominee Tamela Hedstrom also enchants local audiences. Born to a Swedish father and an Ecuadorian mother, Tamela's musical style is as diverse as her background, ranging from Latin to soul and from funk to pop. And there's no mistaking her Latin fervor.

"I think that Caribbean music is passionate. It's a mixture of laid back and passionate, and impulsive." Teamela Hedstrom, singer said.

The first Caribbean Latin American Music Festival is a new addition to the annual "Meet-In-Beijing" Arts Festival, and brings international and Chinese artists to the capital stage. Featuring world and ethno pop music, the Festival brings diversity to Beijing's outdoor festivals such as the Strawberry Music Festival and the Midi Music Festival.

The first Caribbean Latin America Music Festival at Beijing

The first Caribbean Latin America Music Festival at Beijing's Sun Park is bringing the Caribbean to you.

To make this first Caribbean Music Festival more accessible to everyone, the government and sponsors have reduced the admissions fee. With just 5 yuan, Beijingers can enjoy the food, music and culture of various Caribbean countries practically in your own backyard.

In addition to the concert, festival goers can also find an array of Caribbean and Latin American food and crafts. From hand-made accessories to Colombian coffee, from Chilean red wine to Caribbean spices, be ready to open your senses to a whole new world.

"This music festival is more international and you get more of an ethnic flavor too." a Chinese music fan said.

"I wasn't familiar with Latin American Caribbean culture before. I found that they are very passionate people." a Chinese music fan said.

"This is our first time in Beijing. I'm hope that we can use the song and dance to tell our story stories about our culture and the world." a Chinese music fan said.

The first Caribbean Latin America festival is being held at Beijing's Sun Park as part of the Chaoyang International Pop Music Festival from May 1st through the 3rd.

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