Market: Spring welcomed by AHA in Christchurch

- the event was hosted by the Aotearoa Hispanic Association on November 5

The Garden City was treated to some fantastic latino music, food, arts and crafts; and the vibrancy of colourful hispanic culture at the Spring and Night Market held in the Arts Centre of Christchurch on November 5.

There was outdoor entertainment with live music by Sven on accordion, Musica

"We also had latino dance workshops, music being played by DJ Reuben, as well as a bar serving fantastic Latino cocktails," informed Denise Lovato, President of the Asociacion Hispanica Aotearoa or Aotearoa Hispanic Association (AHA).

This comes after AHA's very successful winter festival held in August.

 The crowd was treated to various Latin American delicacies with Colombian coffee a big hit!

Informing about the history of AHA, Denise added, "It is an incorporated society established in 2014 that promotes Latin American and Spanish culture through offering activities and services in Canterbury. Our goal is to share the spirit and culture of Spanish-speaking as well as Latin American countries through language courses, social activities and community outreach."

"The Hispanic world is unified by its main official language, but it also represents a rich and complex and mix of ethnic, cultural, linguistic, political and religious practices which in certain regions span centuries of history," noted Lovato, who is from Argentina and moved to New Zealand in 2002.   

The indoor entertainment was led by Salsa Latina (above) and Latin Zone (below); and ably supported by Zumba demo by Courtney, performance by Sonidos del Mundo, and

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