in Frieze , News | 13 JUL 23

Cork Street Carnival: An Afro-Cuban Street Party Bringing Latin Vibes to Mayfair This August

This summer, discover an extended rumba jam session with live Afro-Cuban music, dance workshops, street food and more

in Frieze , News | 13 JUL 23

Frieze’s No.9 Cork Street gallery is holding its own street party this August, and it’s free and open to all.


Cork Street Carnival is taking place on Saturday, 5 August as part of Westminster Council’s ‘Inside Out’ programme. Running 12.30pm–6pm Cork Street Carnival promises a packed programme of music, food and entertainment, but perhaps more significantly, the chance for visitors to see Mayfair and the gallery in a fresh new light. 

Pianist Kishon Khan
Kishon Khan

The music programming – under the expert direction of Cuban music promoter Ruben Cordero who has worked with the Buena Vista Social Club and Irakere – focuses on the West African and Latin-American diasporas. Highlights include Santería and Yoruba spiritual traditions from the London Lucumi Choir, the Dave Pattman Afro-Cuban trio featuring Randy Lesterand an open jam session with renowned Afro-Cuban musicians Hammadi Valdes (who has worked extensively with Carlos Acosta), Rey Crespo and Eikel Venegas, and Bangladeshi-British pianist Kishon Khan. There will also be dance workshops led by Damarys Farres from the Cuban School of Arts. There will be street-food stalls offering Cuban delicacies to sustain you through the day. 

London Lucumi Choir London Lucumi Choir, ‘IYA: Songs for The Mothers’
London Lucumi Choir, ‘IYA: Songs for The Mothers’ 

Everyone is welcome. Join us from 12:30–6pm on Saturday, 5 August

9 Cork St




More information on No.9 Cork Street.

Main image: London Lucumi Choir. Photograph: Angela Dennis