Our third edition of the festival was a blast and we feel thankful for the reception, participation and beautiful words we have received from you all.

We wanted to say THANK YOU.

We had 10 days of joy showing the work of 45 artists, international and local in 5 different venues in London and we received more than 2K people from different backgrounds and cultures… and of course Latinxs.

ENCUENTROS is the word that defined this edition of the festival, encounter of different generations, art expressions and cultures. We had a fabulous Luzmila Carpio, singing in Quechua to all ages and languages at the Milton Court, Barbican Centre. Drums and dance gathering LatinAmerican and Africa in a Bullerengue workshop and jam session with Mbilla Arts. We created a fantastic atmosphere expressing poetry in different ways: recital, dance and music at Latinx Poetics in Motion, 4 poets and open mics showed off the talent, Somos Chichas showed a performance worked with the drumming group Witchas Collective. In partnership with Rockfeedback, we proudly presented the twice Grammy-nominated and Polaris Prize-winning artist, Lido Pimienta. The Richmix was full of colours and rhythms with tropical jazz of Colectiva, hip hop of Desta French and the art exhibition of the afrocolombian artist Lilophilia and music by DJ Amancai. The premier of Salsa y Control, a performance directed by Venezuelan actress Gledys Ibarra. A thoughtful conversation with writers Yara Rodrigues and Jessica Sequeira about their new work. And of course a Big Bang party at Jazz Cafe, Candela Viva take over with Ms.Nina, Dj BushBBY and Dj Manuka Honey put everyone to dance all night long.

Our programming partners are fantastic and we feel absolutely proud of this collective work with Literary South, Movimientos, Cine Latino and Amalgama. We would like to give a special thanks to Candela Viva and its funder Janin Pineda for instigating that late party show.

Special thanks to the venues RichMix, Gnome House, Kings Place, Jazz Cafe and special thanks to the Barbican team who were absolutely inclusive and took us through a very interesting production, programming journey that taught us a lot!… Finally special thanks to our support organisations Café Los Hermanos, Instituto Cervantes for their constant support and a new collaboration that we hope to continue in the nearly future, Mbilla Arts. Finally, all of this was possible thanks to the funding of the Arts Council.

The most special ones, all the audience that made this festival a great fun and success, THANK YOU.

We hope to come back soon with more!

FLAWA – Launch party with Riobamba

#FLAWA2020 returns in May 2020 and to get you warmed up we’ve put together a night of female power at global arts space, EartH (Evolutionary Arts Hackney). It’s set to be a lively night of Latin American pride, fashion, feeling and groove! 🥳🌻

Come and dance with us in celebration of Latinx women in arts, with Riobamba whizzing from NYC to bring joy and resistance in a futuristic club set, stylish angel Princess Prada wooing us on the mic with her high-drama reggaeton performance, and our beloved London-based DJ and visual artist Bushbby on decks. 🤩

The evening will raise money for the next instalment of the Festival of Latin American Women in Arts, a not-for-profit that aims to elevate and celebrate the work of Latin American women in the UK capital.

More info on the artists:

Riobamba‘s rowdy, deeply researched live sets reflect nightlife’s power as a site of joy and resistance, amplifying connective tissues between YouTube clips, bodega soundtracks, and noise hyperreality, “suped up with a twisted, industrial gnarl” (Complex). The Fader has called her production work “a radically self-expressive piece of futurism that stands against a single, boxed-in definition of what Latinx club music can be.”

Princess Prada is a London and Stockholm-based Latinx artist. Her lyrics portray the hassles and intrigues of a flamboyant Latin American art scene obsessed with getting somewhere in the international contemporary art scene. A voice that talks of crappy day-jobs, filling out art forms, vertical vs transversal love relations of a sapiosexual leaning towards the horizontal.

BUSHBBY – Artist and DJ Bushbby channels the sounds of her Colombian heritage to bring Afro-Latin grooves and Carribean heat to UK dancefloors.

Tickets available here

Join us to this happy launch party 🙌🏽🌻

FLAWA’s Latinx Literary Fanzine is now available

There is still a long path to gender parity in the literary world – not to mention the artistic world in general – but with FLAWA festival and this fanzine we are adding our star to the constellation of initiatives that womxn are doing around the world.
Silvia Rothlisberger, Literary South


Edited by FLAWA Literary director, Silvia Rothlisberger of Literary South, the Latinx Literary Fanzine is a physical collection of the literary events from FLAWA festival 2019.


Featuring works from the eight female and gender diverse Latin American poets who performed during the festival, a short interview with each artist, poems created during the festival workshop and highlights from the two literary Q&As, this zine is also invigorated by new works of illustration by Mitucami Mituca and Francesca Tiley.


We launched the zine in September at the Bread & Roses, with an open mic poetry session and music from FLAWA collaborator  DJ Amancai. Guests also enjoyed a fascinating Literary South interview with Brazilian author Luiza Sauma about her second novel ‘Everything You Ever Wanted’. You can listen back to the episode, which covers privilege, depression, online dating, being a millennial in the literary sphere and science fiction, below.


We also sold copies at the wonderful London Spanish Book & Zine Fair in early October, alongside friends from La Tundra, De Lujurias y Musas, Feminist Library, LAWRS, El Ojo de la Cultura and many, many more.



Listen back to the Literary South interview with author Luiza Sauma here: