Lovers of the Latin beat are in for a treat this year as themed nights come to the region.
Francisco Carrasco from Chile and dance expert Freddy Perez from Costa Rica have set up the All Things Latin organisation to promote South American art and culture.
With a new cafe-bar headquarters called El Rincon Latino at the junction of Oldham Street and Roscoe Street in Liverpool, the organisation will host special music evenings on Saturdays under the title Noche Latina.
The pair will also stage salsa nights on Thursdays and more Latin music and dance on Fridays under the title Noche Clandestina.
The organisation was set up to promote Latin culture and play host to the city’s South American community.
Carrasco arrived in Britain as a 12-year-old with his family, political refugees from Chile where his father had been a leading economist.
The family went to Leeds where his father was involved in university work and, in 1983, Carrasco came to Liverpool to study civil engineering at the Liverpool John Moores University.
He later joined the music scene, playing percussion with a number of bands and was soon busy with a wide range of arts.
He met Perez in Liverpool and together they ran dance lessons, education visits to schools, workshops and began an annual Latin American festival bringing performers from many countries to Liverpool.
The two even found a traditional Chilean clown living in Port Sunlight who they say has been a hit with both young audiences and adults.
The special nights will run from 8pm on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, starting this month. The cafe is open 10am-5pm Monday to Wednesdat, 10am-late, Thursday to Saturday. Contact 0151 709 1177 for more information.